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    Default Electric water heater stand question

    I live in Sacramento, CA and need to replace an electric water heater that's in the garage. The stand the old one is on is wooden and it got wet and is rotten. Since it's electric, do I need to replace it with another wooden one, or can I buy steel or aluminum/metal one? I wonder if having metal would not pass code?

    Also I've been told that an electric water heater doesn't even have to be on a stand, it can just be on the garage floor. Is that correct? And if that's true, the current connections won't reach it. Is it better to put the new one on a stand and have the existing connections reach it, or have it on the floor and have the installer extend the connections to reach the top of the water heater?

    Lastly, is there a trick to building a wooden one? Is there a kit or something? In the stores I've only seen the metal ones and they're about $50.

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    A supply house in your area will sell you a code approved metallic one to replace your stand and correct the problem.

    Check with the local authority whether electric water heaters have to be on a stand or not.
    Read what the end of this sentence means.

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    IF the water heater is in a location where a car could run into it, then it needs to be on as stand. IF not, or if it has pipe "bollards" in front of it, then it does not. The new gas heaters are the same way.

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