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No more squashed water heater! 09 May 2016 17:48 #1

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We all know the water heater is NOT a step, but that doesn't stop every one I've seen from looking like a melted cube of butter eventually!
Finally got around to taking out my old unit, found the Kuuma 6 gal online for 210 bucks. It's a pretty thing, but with the usual foil-gauge thick walls of course.
Decided to form a piece of 3003 treadbrite to wrap around the heater, and there ya go--a piece of bling for the bilge that actually supports my weight stepping down there....


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No more squashed water heater! 09 May 2016 21:43 #2

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That's an excellent idea. Should be standard equipment with every heater!
Nice work.

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No more squashed water heater! 10 May 2016 21:23 #3

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Nice mod , though not needed in a boat like mine as it is impossible to step on the water heater by virtue of where it is located.

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No more squashed water heater! 11 May 2016 01:42 #4

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Looks Great, good idea for all water heaters exposed like that! Thanks for sharing

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No more squashed water heater! 11 May 2016 04:16 #5

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Very nice. I really like it.

How did you bend it ??

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No more squashed water heater! 11 May 2016 16:22 #6

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Well, it helped that we have a press brake at the shop and just had a 12" x 48" rem laying about! You do need a large bottom die to bend alum tred brite and not crack it.

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No more squashed water heater! 11 May 2016 20:09 #7

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I assumed a metal break but was not sure if it was bendable by hand or if you need a powered tool?

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