Are chocks necessary for water heaters?
I installed a new six-gallon Suburban water heater. The instructions say to install two chocks tightly, one on each side of the water heater jacket, and fasten to the floor to prevent movement. Chocks should be about 2 X 2 X 6 in long.
However, the water heater is located directly above the gray water tank. I think that it is too risky to screw the chocks to the floor. The screw tips might penetrate the tank.
No chocks were installed originally. I haven't noticed chocks in any on-line photos of water heaters.
I am considering using a longish 2X4, pushing it against one side of the water heater, screwing down the 2X4 safely away from the gray water tank, and wrapping metal pipe hanger strip around the water heater with both ends secured to the 2X4.
Any opinions on the necessity of using the chocks--or suggestions about alternate chocking methods?