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How to Put an Electric Water Heater on a Stand

Cameron Easey

When installing an electric water heater in your basement, it should be placed on a stand to keep it off the floor. This will prevent the bottom of the tank from rusting or sustaining damage if water gets into the basement. You can create a stand for your water heater, at virtually no cost, by using a few cinder blocks or bricks to raise the water heater off the ground.

Step 1

Place two cinder blocks on the floor. You can also place four bricks in a square shape so that there is 1 ½ feet between each brick.

Step 2

Set a level over the cinder blocks or bricks to be sure that they are level.

Step 3

Place shims under the cinder blocks or bricks to make them level, if necessary.

Step 4

Take the water heater out of the box, if it was purchased new.

Step 5

Align the water heater so that the drain valve or faucet is facing forward.

Step 6

Lift the water heater up and place it on top of the cinder blocks or bricks and make sure it is properly centered.