Strap your water heater if you live in an earthquake-prone region
Straps protect gas lines and water heaters
Earth tremors can tip water heaters
and break the gas lines that lead to them, causing either water damage, or worse, an explosion and fire. Water heater straps can prevent this disaster. (They're required in California and other regions.) In earthquake-prone regions, you can find them at home centers and hardware stores for $15. Otherwise, order them online.
When your water heater needs replacing, here's how to do it yourself.