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Tiling My Bathroom, What To Do With Hot Water Heater?

I am tiling my bathroom which also happens to be the “utility” room. The hot water heater is very big and heavy. I also need hot water for the few days it will take to tile the room. Any suggestions as to what I should do?

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  1. Comment by Anonymous
    November 12, 2009 @ 5:17 am

    If you live in a cold, wet climate and have the room, my suggestion is to leave the hot water heater where it is and build a cupboard around the hot water heater. Check with a plumber or electrician how much space to allow around the outside of the hot water unit itself. You may like to consider installing a shelf about 100mm (4″) above the unit itself for storing towels etc. Hot water cupboards are excellent for keeping towels warm and dry. They also make an excellent airing cupboard when clothes come in off the clothes line still damp.
    I grew up in New Zealand as a child and we always had our hot water heater enclosed within a cupboard either in the laundry, or bathroom.
    Good luck with your project.

  2. Comment by mummerjo
    November 12, 2009 @ 11:54 am

    You have 2 choices:
    remove it, lay the tile and put it back. No hot water for you (temporarily).
    tile around it.
    I would remove it and get the tile done where the heater is and put the heater back right away. then complete the tile in the rest of the room.

  3. Comment by T.J.
    November 12, 2009 @ 5:32 pm

    When I tiled my utility room, I removed the water heater and used quick set motor for the few tiles under the heater. Then I reinstalled the water heater that afternoon. I never missed a hot shower.

  4. Comment by Brandon
    November 12, 2009 @ 6:31 pm

    Try your best to tile around or under the heater.

  5. Comment by Bablu
    November 24, 2015 @ 4:54 pm

    I used to have one of those in a house I lived in as a student(same clour walls too), there was no heatnig except for that one in the bathroom, how useful! I did love the retro value kitschness of it though.

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