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Found another one today, I tried looking it up, but the serial number sequence didn't seem right. It looked too old. This must be a different manufacturer than American listed on the water heater age charts.

My guess is 1978 from the last 2 digits, the UL label says 1977.

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Found another one today, I tried looking it up, but the serial number sequence didn't seem right. It looked too old. This must be a different manufacturer than American listed on the water heater age charts.

My guess is 1978 from the last 2 digits, the UL label says 1977.

Just for the record, I think you can still buy those things new.

- Jim Katen, Oregon

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Found another one today, I tried looking it up, but the serial number sequence didn't seem right. It looked too old. This must be a different manufacturer than American listed on the water heater age charts.

My guess is 1978 from the last 2 digits, the UL label says 1977.

Just for the record, I think you can still buy those things new.

- Jim Katen, Oregon

Are they made that way so they save space? Can you stack things on them, like a dryer for instance?

When I got to the house, the buyer was already there, the place was not locked, and e had tried to pry the lid off the thing, not knowing what it was. I'm glad he didn't succeed.

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Are they made that way so they save space? Can you stack things on them, like a dryer for instance?

Yes, the whole idea is that you can put the water heater out where people will see it and you can use it as a countertop surface. In a really small house, the extra space is welcome. I usually see them in the kitchen.

I don't know about stacking stuff on them. I probably wouldn't recommend it.

When I got to the house, the buyer was already there, the place was not locked, and e had tried to pry the lid off the thing, not knowing what it was. I'm glad he didn't succeed.

If you can get the lid off, I think you'd just see a round tank with a bunch of insulation stuffed around it.

- Jim Katen, Oregon

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