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 lifting WH up to loft
Author: Pipe runner (AZ)

Have a project to replace a 40 gallon gas WH.
No problem right?

well main problem is the location is in attic space.
To get this 150 Lb? WH up there it will need to
be raised from the 2nd floor hallway approximately
8 feet strait up to deck and then laid flat to get in through
access door.

No rafters to hook a pulley system too.
My thoughts are just 3 guys. One on the mezzanine deck
the other two lifting and then pushing up while upman
pulls and lays flat? Maybe one heavy duty strap wrapped
secure to pipe nipple extensions off hot and cold nipples?

otherwise really easy project. Waters are fine. Vent is good.
Pan installed.

coming from commercial plumbing world we would have fork lifts
and other lifts to do this type of work loading big commercial
WH's up to mezzanine.



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 Re: lifting WH up to loft
Author: Wheelchair (IL)

Have you consider those Moving Straps, used to move refrig, washing machines and heavy items? Moving stores have them and perhaps some big box stores have them.
Don't hurt yourself and still do it right.

Best Wishes

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 Re: lifting WH up to loft
Author: hj (AZ)

Those are for moving things around on a floor, not up into an attic.

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 Re: lifting WH up to loft
Author: Pipe runner (AZ)

@ Wheelchair. yes I had thought of getting straps like the ones for moving refrigerators. Safer than the ratchet straps I have now. Do you know who supplies those?

@ HJ: how would you handle this operation?
do you think in this type of set up a vacuum breaker should be installed?



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 Re: lifting WH up to loft
Author: packy (MA)

don't forget the 4th and most important person.. the chiropractor..

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 Re: lifting WH up to loft
Author: hj (AZ)

It would be advisable, because there will be a considerable negative pressure when the water is turned off and the pressure drained out, if no hot water faucet is opened to relieve the pressure, but if one is opened, it could siphon the tank dry. As far as getting it there, I don't know the conditions so cannot comment on that.



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 Re: lifting WH up to loft
Author: Paul48 (CT)

Rent one of those drywall jacks. It's worth it to save somebodies back.

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 Re: lifting WH up to loft
Author: hj (AZ)

A high lift would be a better option.

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 Re: lifting WH up to loft
Author: Wheelchair (IL)

U-Haul Regional Dealers have them, in our area, but I'm sure the big box stores also carry them.
Potlifter, might also work, depending on the total weight of the heater, plus the helpers you have.

Best Wishes

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 Re: lifting WH up to loft
Author: Paul48 (CT)

A back injury can be life-changing. It's worth every penny to avoid one.

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 Thanks for all the thoughtful advice. :)
Author: Pipe runner (AZ)

so true.
thanks for all the thoughtful advice



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