The next logical step was to finish getting the water tank operational.
I had already managed to sheath the tank in 1/2" foam on all four sides and double on the bottom. Now I wanted to protect that insulation and give the tank some support. From experience, the tank, while very rigid, still tended to bulge when full of water. This would be a bit unwieldy when it was up on the wall, so I needed something more structurally sound.
I measured the sides carefully and began cutting my plywood.
|A snowy day, but still quite comfortable to be outdoors.|
Due to the fact that I had used a T fitting, I wasn't able to fit the bottom plywood plate onto the box, and had to cut a slot into it. The fitting should allow me to attach a length of nylon hose to the outflow of the tank that theoretically will be able to act as a visual cue as to the actual water level inside of the tank. We'll have to see how this works in the real world.
Tightening up the bottom plate finished off the box and the only thing left was to get it up on the wall.
Measuring twice to ensure that I wouldn't have to drill unneeded holes in my walls, I first checked the height of the box. Then I measured down from the corner of the wall that distance. Since the ceiling at that spot is sloped upwards at 45 degrees, I figured that I would have sufficient room to get above the tank for installing the overflow and inflow fittings.
|It may be hard to see my pencil lines in this picture.|
Before proceeding, I decided to remove the drying dishes that were directly underneath the tank. While I knew that nothing could have gone wrong, it's best to be sure. It actually made installation easier, as Grandpa showed up as I was removing the dishes and it gave me a surface to stand on during the final phases of installation.
|Nothing could go wrong - could it?|
Up towards the top of the tank I installed two small wall brackets to hold it against the wall. I'm confident that this should be sufficient to ensure that the tank can't tip off the base, but this morning I'm of a mind to install a strap up there that goes right from the south wall to the east wall. This strap would be hidden when I panel the tank, and would completely eliminate any chance of the tank tipping away from the wall. It would be cheap insurance.
Now it's time to hook up some water lines, but that may wait a bit until I have the new cabinets installed underneath and can see how they are to proceed.