Water heaters are without doubt a necessity for any home, as a matter of fact; some houses will have more than one heater. As much as they are important, they usually don’t offer much in terms of external house décor and for this reason; most homeowners are usually keen on hiding them away from the public eye by building a water heater enclosure. Apart from hiding the water heater, an enclosure also helps in safeguarding the water heater against the natural elements. The good news is that building such an enclosure is not very difficult. One thing you must consider though is checking the city codes on rules and regulations surrounding water heater enclosures, if you are in a mobile park, you should also make a point of asking the management. Once you are on the clear on what is required of your before building one, you can then satisfy the requirements if any and then build your enclosure. Here is a step by step tutorial on how to build a water heater enclosure for your home;
To make your work easier, it is advisable to first gather all the tools, equipments and materials you will not for this particular task. You will require several sizes of lumber, at least 6 (six) pieces 2 x 4 x 92 5/8 inch lumber, at least 6 (six) 2 x 4 x 40 inch lumber, at least two (2) 2 x 4 x 81 inch lumber, 16 D nails, a variable speed drill machine, at least 3 (Three) 2 x 4 x 36 inch lumber, at least three (3 ) 2 x 4 x 12 inch lumber, a carpenters level, a framing square, 3 inch drywall screws, a head screw tip of your choice, and a wall covering that you prefer.
Put the 4 of the 6 (six) 2 x 4 x 40 Inch lumber on a worktable and mark their centers. You should then put a mark 0.75 inches in each direction from the center mark on each lumber on the worktable. Place a framing square on the marks and then draw lines across the width of all the 4 pieces.
Place three (3) of the 2 x 4 x 92 5/8 inch (studs) lumber between each of the 4 (40 inch lumber)pieces on the worktable so as to separate them. You can then secure the studs to the forty (40) inch lumber using the 16 D nails. Place one nail at each end and one nail at the center.
Go ahead and place the framing square on the ceiling that’s going to be above the water heater and then mark the ceiling. It will be the top of the enclosure. Drill some holes where the 40 inch lumber is going to be secured to the joists. Perform a similar thing for one of the 36 inch lumber then go ahead and secure these 3 pieces to the ceiling using the drywall screws.
On the worktable, put the remaining two pieces of the 36 inch lumber with their long edges being placed adjacent to one another. Mark their centers and then mark 0.75 inch in either side of the center. Place 3 (three) of the 12 inch pieces between these two (2) 36 inch lumber and using the 16 D nails, firmly secure them.
Get the two walls built using the 92 inch lumber, stand them up and place them underneath the 40 inch pieces that have been secured on the ceiling. Make sure the walls are plumb by placing the carpenters level. Using the drywall screws, secure the walls to the floor and to the ceiling. Secure the two (2 ) 81 inch lumber on either side of opening you now have and secure them firmly to the fixed walls using drywall screws.
Get the wall built using the 36 inch lumber and place it on top of the 81 inch lumber pieces and secure it firmly using drywall screws to form the header of the enclosure. You can then secure the wall covering of choice, be it a drywall or a paneling to the exterior of the wall. It is also not advisable to apply any finish to the exterior of the wall without having proper ventilation.
You should make sure that the space opening at the opening of the enclosure is the same size as at the floor and at the top. Before you finally secure the fitted lumber onto the ceiling, make a point of checking the area above the ceiling for any plumbing or wiring. You can also install some hooks and shelves inside the enclosure for storage of frequently used items in the handling or repair of the water heater.