I'm preparing to get the utilities turned on in an older house that's been empty for over 10 years. The aim is to get the place inspected and appraised so I might either buy or (failing that) rent it. To get it adequately inspected or appraised, the utilities have to be on (or so various companies in the area have told me.) The out-of-town owner (who I'm acquainted with and have permission from) ISN'T going to do this part...I am more motivated to live there than he is to sell or rent. BUT it is a fantastic old house that I love.
Step 1 in PROJECT TURNON: Replace outdoor water heater so PG&E is not aghast when they come to turn on gas and electricity. I want to remove the old water heater, repair exterior siding behind heater, hook up donated water heater (a friend was switching to tankless) and build lean-to-like shed enclosure with vented door around it. I'll have a plumber do the actual hooking up, strapping and adjusting of pipes...but want to keep costs down and build the cement base myself.
Does anyone know what the requirements are for this type of cement base in California? (We have many old houses with exterior water heaters in this state, as the temperature is mild and nothing freezes.)
Am inserting photobucket link to pic of this decrepit old heater. (DON'T LAUGH!) Also what I hope to replace it with. (Tried to insert or attach jpegs in post....resulting in extreme confusion, almost despair.)
Thanks in advance....I looked over the last 3 pages of threads and didn't see topic discussed...