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Old 12-01-2012, 12:55 PM   #1
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It was a sad day today when I discovered some floor rot right underneath where my old propane generator use to be. 1974 sovereign. I had removed it since it was not functional and now after pulling the carpet it's clear that there was floor rot right near where the hot water heater is.

How would you all go about tackling this problem? Is replacement of the tank absolutely necessary? I'd like to make the rot removal/replacement of floor project as small as possible as a short term fix.



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Old 12-01-2012, 01:04 PM   #2
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It was a sad day today when I discovered some floor rot right underneath where my old propane generator use to be. 1974 sovereign. I had removed it since it was not functional and now after pulling the carpet it's clear that there was floor rot right near where the hot water heater is.

How would you all go about tackling this problem? Is replacement of the tank absolutely necessary? I'd like to make the rot removal/replacement of floor project as small as possible as a short term fix.


Short term fix for the floor is to pour fiberglass liquid on the damaged area.

Use less than one half of the required hardener, so that the liquid is very slow setting.

The short term fix for the water heater, is to replace it.

A 38 year old water heater has served long past it's life.

Water heaters don't fail, at home, but they will on a trip.

20 to 25 years for a water heater is about all you can ask for.

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Old 12-01-2012, 02:03 PM   #3
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There is also a specific product designed for the problem. It is a penetrating 2 part epoxy. It is fairly pricey but good. There are several brands including Rot Doctor and an Elmer's brand. If the wood is to far gone you can scab in a patch. There is also an epoxy filler. There are threads on the process. The acid test is to poke around a bit with an icepick to see how far the rot extends.
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I just removed a water heater just like that out of my 77 Argosy. It is in good working condition if you want an original. I replaced it with an electric start 110 12 volt one. PM me if interested.
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Thanks Andy. About what I was planning!

Vport, how difficult was the removal/install?
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Not difficult at all. From the outside with the water heater door off, remove all the screws around the perimeter that fasten the heater to the shell. Turn off the LP tanks and unscrew and remove the LP line going to the heater. From the inside disconnect the 2 water lines. Now go back outside and take a putty knife and force it between the heater flange and the shell all around the heater where you previously removed all the screws. Now pull and wiggle from the outside or push from the inside to remove the heater. Reverse this to install.
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