sheet metal thickness

The Tank sheet metal thickness

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  • #19451
    homie
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    Hi all,

    Does anyone know how thick the sheet metal that is used to construct water heaters is? There is a tool called the nibbler sold by Garrett Wade that might be just the thing to nicely take away extra sheet metal around the top of an anode but it can only cut 16 gauge galvanized or 20 gauge stainless. Perhaps it is too wimpy?

    #19456
    Randy Schuyler
    Keymaster

    We’re old-fashioned. We use snips.

    Randy Schuyler

    #19459
    homie
    Participant

    Larry points out the decreased thickness of the sheet metal in heaters these days, but doen’t mention an actual gauge thickness. Does anyone know?

    #19463
    Larry Weingarten
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    Hello: You’re talking about the jacket top, which can be thick, likely thicker than 16 ga. Still, I use snips to cut straight short cuts back from the hole and then bend down the flaps/tabs. Otherwise you have a sharp metal edge that easily cuts fingers. Ask me how I know 😛

    yours, Larry

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