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Old 02-25-2013, 11:05 AM   #51
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It is 1 1/16" and it took some effort but I got the drain plug out. The problem I had was all the sediment buildup from the plug never being removed. Once I carefully removed the sediment, the anode came right out with a mix of water and antifreeze. The anode was pretty eaten away and I hope that is all I will have to replace. I may have dodged a bullet on this one!! The proper socket with my torque wrench did the trick.

Thanks for all your tips on this one, it really helped me out...

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Old 02-25-2013, 11:07 AM   #52
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When you re-install, put some teflon tape on threads, it will help removal next time. Also post a pic of the anode, several members have replaced theirs and can give an opinion.

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Old 02-25-2013, 08:06 PM   #53
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As long as there is still some material left on the steel anode rod you don't have to replace it.
They always look bad after a couple of years of use.
Glad to hear that all is well so far.
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:58 PM   #54
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Glad to hear it came out and yah - the anodes look ugly but still keep working for quite a while. Now is a good opportunity to use fresh water and a hose to flush out all the build up that is on the bottom of the water heater. Sounds like it has maybe never been cleaned out. With our hard water I get a lot of calcium out of ours every year.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:38 PM   #55
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when you flush it, open the pressure relief valve as well ( that lever above the anode ).
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:26 AM   #56
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It is supposed to be above freezing again this weekend, so I will get in there and flush it out. The previous owners were probably on a well, and there is a lot of build up in there. I will post a pic of the anode, there isn't much left of it, I just have to learn how to post pics... I am new to ALL of this stuff.

But we're still having fun even though we haven't gone anywhere, yet
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:46 PM   #57
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Don't sweat it. People goof up this kind of thing when they've been at it for years and years. Too many things to remember. Don't think I want to put sticky notes all over everything!

Ours is full of crud, too. That's the way they get. We have to flush ours out.

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