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Old December 10th, 2008, 11:53 AM   #1
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Are there any laws/ regulations as to how far away from anything (furnace) that a hot water heater has to be in Michigan? If I could move mine over like 6 inches that would make the basement remodel much easier.
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Old December 10th, 2008, 12:08 PM   #2
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My hot water heater is within 2' of my furnace. I had a new hot water heater and furnace installed 2 months ago and passed inspection in Warren with no problem,
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Old December 10th, 2008, 12:41 PM   #3
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If your in your basement and not outside....who cares, no inspection needed, unless you want to give someone a job/money for a day
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Old December 10th, 2008, 12:45 PM   #4
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If your in your basement and not outside....who cares, no inspection needed, unless you want to give someone a job/money for a day

2x - put 100% of my solar water heater equipment in the basement to keep the inspector off my back.
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Old December 10th, 2008, 12:48 PM   #5
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Are there any laws/ regulations as to how far away from anything (furnace) that a hot water heater has to be in Michigan? If I could move mine over like 6 inches that would make the basement remodel much easier.
Why don't you call your local building department?
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Old December 10th, 2008, 01:29 PM   #6
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2x - put 100% of my solar water heater equipment in the basement to keep the inspector off my back.

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Why don't you call your local building department?
left a VM, but I don't expect a call back anytime soon.
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Old December 10th, 2008, 01:48 PM   #7
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2x - put 100% of my solar water heater equipment in the basement to keep the inspector off my back.
You get enough sunlight in your basement to make hot water?
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You get enough sunlight in your basement to make hot water?
hey, am not going to spend that kind of $ and let it sit outside all year round. have to protect my investment.
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You get enough sunlight in your basement to make hot water?

you can come over and live in the basement. your sunshine smile will make it work.
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left a VM, but I don't expect a call back anytime soon.
Try the morning. Most of the time those guys jet in the afternoon. I'd say that if there's a building code about it, you'd want to heed it....
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Old December 10th, 2008, 04:06 PM   #11
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Are there any laws/ regulations as to how far away from anything (furnace) that a hot water heater has to be in Michigan? If I could move mine over like 6 inches that would make the basement remodel much easier.
why do you need to heat hot water?
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Old December 10th, 2008, 04:18 PM   #12
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IIRC, you need 24 inches of service clearance in front of the heater and 2 inches on the back and sides.
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Old December 10th, 2008, 04:57 PM   #13
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why do you need to heat hot water?
because it cools off

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IIRC, you need 24 inches of service clearance in front of the heater and 2 inches on the back and sides.
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Old December 10th, 2008, 05:11 PM   #14
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How close do you want to put it?
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Old December 10th, 2008, 05:14 PM   #15
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How close do you want to put it?
I really only need to move it 6 inches from its current spot. Right around 3 ft from the furnace in the end. That would allow me to put up a new door and close off the furnace room from the public eye.
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I really only need to move it 6 inches from its current spot. Right around 3 ft from the furnace in the end. That would allow me to put up a new door and close off the furnace room from the public eye.
Mine is 36" exactly from the water heater to the closest point on the furnace.

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Mine is 10" from the furnace and maybe 16" from my water softener. its packed in tight back there.
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its packed in tight back there.

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Old December 10th, 2008, 10:00 PM   #19
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in my old house the furnace and water heater were in a closet room, the house was built on a slab.

there was maybe 8 inches between them.
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