Originally Posted by abjb
I've been putting this off, not wanting to remove the heater.
I'm going to try GaeTim's method.
Hot water heater support....
Tim did you take any pictures?
I managed to take a few pics just before it down-pored today. You can see the green 2x4 on either side of the heater base extending from front to back and the cross wedges or spacers I used to distribute the weight. I did this while keeping the tank in place and the only thing that took a bit of time is to make the right size wedges/spacers to level the tank and to make it line up with the outer trim that it's screwed to.
I also made up some brackets to hold the door in place, the "L" brackets were pulled out from the holes where they were mounted and so I welded them to corner brackets I got at Lowes and will mount them using better and more self tapping screws...you can see beside the new bracket were the original brackets were.
Hope this helps, let us know how it went