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Old 07-12-2011, 02:03 AM   #1
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Water heater removal?

Hey guys, wondering if anyone could give me a guess as to the empty weight of a 1960's era stone-lined 80 gallon water heater? The house had been split into two units for years but we removed both old heaters and put a new one in to service the whole house, plumber took the other heater as it was a smaller/newer 40 gallon but he wouldn't touch this monster!
It looks like a ship wreck, litterally, it looks like pictures of the Titanic's hull rusting away, and it still has water in it! I know I need to pump it out first but I have no idea how heavy it is and how to remove it? Would this thing cut with a sawzall, or will the stone interfere?
I checked and it will clear the doorway out by about 1/2" to spare, problem is basement only has external entrance and a structure right accross from door so I can't back a truck up with a winch, has to be by hand. Any ideas/tips? Or is it going to be a permanent resident?


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Old 07-12-2011, 05:40 AM   #2
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Post a picture of this stone lined monster---In the mean time punch some holes in it so it will drain out.


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Stone lined???? I have moved 75-80 gal conventional heaters by myself(with a dolly), including up steps. But will it fit thru doorways, around corners???
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If there is so much sediment at the bottom of the heater that the drain valve doesn't work, you could stick a tube down from the top and siphon or pump out the water. (For siphoning the other end of the tube outside has to be almost at floor level.)
The good conscientious technician or serviceperson will carry extra oils and lubricants in case the new pump did not come with oil or the oil was accidentally spilled, so the service call can be completed without an extra visit.
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