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Unread 02-18-2011, 05:21 PM   #1
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Hot water heater on Travertine

New to the forum and there's alot of info here so Ill make this short. Im going to be laying down for 12x12 travertine tile in my laundry room and the wonderful builder decided that it was a great place to place the water heater in there as well. I was wondering what is the minumun amount of time that the tile would need to set for before I place the water heater back in the laundry room on top of the new tile. I work so much that I usually only have a day off every 3 days or so and I dont think I can make my 7 month prego wife go without hot water....( and me too) for that long. Anyways thanks for any help here.
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Unread 02-18-2011, 06:07 PM   #2
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The point loads on those are pretty high, considering that even just a 30 gallon heater weighs over 300 pounds, all of which is on four small feet.

Having said that, I'd wait a couple of days to be safe, longer if you can afford to. You can walk on it after 24 hours, but the water heater weight is a little different than walking.
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Topher,

If you can grab a bag of quick-set, you can get the hot water heater back in a few hours. The bag specifices traffic in 6 hours, so if you start the day tiling in that corner, using speed set, then by the time night falls you can grout the tiles and get the hot water heater back into place and running again before she gets home from her visit with your favorite mother in law.
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I was originally thinking that I was going to have to go with a quick-set, I just had 3 bags of North American Mortar( that was the recommendation for this stone at the store saying that it was really good). Might have to take back one or two of them. It says that I need to wait 72 hrs for traffic.

Thanks for the quick response fellas!
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Think about how many tiles you'll need to be walking on to get to replace the hot water tank, then think about how much speed set you'll need.

under the BTDT category, we mix speed set in partial bags only as the working time is 20 minutes or less.
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under the BTDT category, we mix speed set in partial bags only as the working time is 20 minutes or less.
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Many of the newer WH no longer have actual 'feet'. Many of them have a flat, closed bottom to meet the vapor combustion issues ruling, so the point loads aren't all that high. Also, in finished space, it's a good idea to place the WH in a pan to contain any eventual leaks. If combined with a leak detector and an automatic shutoff, you should never experience any damage from the WH when it fails - the pan will contain the small amount that then triggers the shutoff (often good to have an alarm, too, so you know it happened).

Off topic, but why heat 'Hot' water? The thing is a 'water heater', not a 'Hot' water heater - you don't preheat the water to it so it can then maintain that 'hot' water do you? You don't have a cold air conditioner or a hot air furnace...each of those devices are designed to produce either cold or hot, so the adjective is redundent. Like saying the faster accellerator pedal or the slower brake pedal...
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I have been in some motels where I would swear they have a tepid water heater.
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refinforces my point...it does Heat the water, but it is not a 'hot' water heater. Where you set it, determines its ultimate temp!
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Off topic, but why heat 'Hot' water? The thing is a 'water heater', not a 'Hot' water heater -
Well, the adjective "hot" could apply to the water heater itself, not the water, so you would have a *Hot*, *Water Heater*

this may not be the case, but im just sayin
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or it could be stolen, and thus a 'hot' water heater.
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I'd wait a couple of days to be safe
I definitely agree with Kevin.
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Off topic, but why heat 'Hot' water? The thing is a 'water heater', not a 'Hot' water heater - you don't preheat the water to it so it can then maintain that 'hot' water do you? You don't have a cold air conditioner or a hot air furnace...each of those devices are designed to produce either cold or hot, so the adjective is redundent. Like saying the faster accellerator pedal or the slower brake pedal...
LOL... didnt relize I actually said "hot" before the water heater. I think its one of the things ppl day in the south like "fixin" and "Ya'll". We just like act-en like we smart folk here.

The "Water heater" is in a pan that I will be replacing and so the weight ditribution should be a lot better than the 4-point stand. I think that it should be ok if I use the quick-set, wait 12 hours to cure and reintall the WH. Thanks for all the advice here!
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