Do electric hot water in garage need a blaster?

my question is … do electric hot water in garage need a blaster?

Hi Julie and Happy 4th of July!!

I think you mean bollard? If so, then yes, if the WH is in an area where it could be struck by a car.


thanks I guess I spell it wrong

Struck by a car head on or backing up

When I built a mother-in-law apartment in my barn, I had to put the furnace in the garage. I didn’t put a bollard in front of it because it was on a slab 5" above the garage slab. I thought surely, the 5" curb would stop my mother-in-law as she eased her car into the garage. Shor nuf’, I was wrong. My mother-in-law shoved the furnace through the wall and into my tack room…


Vehicular Protection for Furnaces and Water Heaters
Bollards must be 48 inches in length by 3 inches in diameter, embedded in a concrete pier at least 12 inches deep. Or 36 inches in length by 3 inches in diameter, welded to an 8”x8” steel plate and bolted to the floor with 4.5-inch concrete anchors. Bollards should be made of schedule 80 steel pipe or be pre-manufactured steel filled with concrete. Bollards must be located a minimum of 6 inches from the appliance.

Just looking around the neighborhood. See what’s missing?

It doesn’t matter. IMO, if it’s in the path and could be struck by a car/truck pulling in or backing in, it should have a bollard in place to prevent damage.

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Everybody needs a Blaster, everyone should be a Master Blaster!


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Agree ! But not on the sides.

Okay, unless my almost 93 yo dad is driving.


No Support post for the deck over the garage? The 6x6 post are in the ground. Post should be sitting on footings so legs do not rot? Oh and what are those 2 black mechanical things on the side entrance of deck,
H-vac system? Whatever they are the are, not protected and perfectly in line for an accident. Why would those be there? Took a shot at it. Was I close? Im a newbie.

Lon, was the mother-in-law’s door lock on the outside?


Where did you find that information?

Where did you find that information ?

It’s from a blog. He posted the link
Vehicular Protection for Furnaces and Water Heaters - Nonprofit Home Inspections.

So basically, it’s an ‘opinion piece’ from another home inspector of unknown experience and knowledge, so where did that inspector get the information being passed along??



He’s linked on the site:

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P2801.8 Water heater seismic bracing.

Thread drift warning:
Mr Baenziger has a curious approach to our biz. He has a 501(3)C home inspection business and school. Gotta say, I never considered something like this. He shows a list of businesses that donate, although it looks like they are fairly modest donations.
In all seriousness, I am impressed. This is an innovative approach. Naming a business as “Nonprofit Home Inspections” certainly raises my eyebrows, but maybe that is just me. I didn’t read enough of his large website to see if his inspection fees are charitable deductions.

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