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Old 04-18-2011, 10:45 AM   #16
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actually the new water heater is the same size in gallons but the overall height is like 4" taller. which is what also prompted this issue about setting the water heater on bricks. if i didnt need to, then i wouldnt have to redo alot of the 90 degree elbows that you see in the pictures. i would just have to cut the straight run and re-solder.

if it has to be on bricks, then it will be cutting it to close for comfort to the existing elbows/couplings.

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actually the new water heater is the same size in gallons but the overall height is like 4" taller. which is what also prompted this issue about setting the water heater on bricks. if i didnt need to, then i wouldnt have to redo alot of the 90 degree elbows that you see in the pictures. i would just have to cut the straight run and re-solder.

if it has to be on bricks, then it will be cutting it to close for comfort to the existing elbows/couplings.
It doesn't have to be on bricks. Just take your measurement. I'm guessing your bricks aren't quite 4", so you may need to just shim it up a little with a piece or two of plywood.
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ANYWAYS, the existing water heater is inside our house and is in one of our closets. so no where near outside temps. the water heater was installed on top of bricks which leaves it about 2-1/2" off of the floor.
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Ahh gotcha. Actually after re-reading my last post, I think I was thinking backwards anyway.

Basically if you remove the bricks for the new install, you'll still then be 1 1/2" taller right? So you will need to cut out and re-solder. Or as Eplumber mentioned, use stainless flex lines with sharkbite fittings.

Now that I look at your pics again, I'd also suggest getting rid of that saddle valve (needle valve). When you cut out a section of the vertical. Install a copper tee and straight stop to accommodate that 3/8 or 1/4" copper line.

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