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Old 11-14-2017, 02:02 PM   #1
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HELP installing new anode in water heater

Looking for some help in getting the new anode screwed into the water heater. The front weight pulls the screw mount out of alignment and my husband is having difficulty to get it to thread properly.
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:11 PM   #2
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Be patient. Try to apply some pressure along the bottom of the nut with your thumb in order to "level out" the anode and make the threads mesh up. You'll get it. I also try to push it against the threads squarely as I begin to turn it so the rod doesn't have a chance to dip.
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If you partially fill the socket with coins, you will be able to control the anode and will be able to apply enough pressure to get it started with fingers. Then connect the socket wrench, with extension, to tighten.
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Coin trick eh? Mine's a shallow socket so it's unnecessary. I have better luck just starting it by hand.
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Coin trick eh? Mine's a shallow socket so it's unnecessary. I have better luck just starting it by hand.
I think even with a shallow socket you need a few spacers for that to work so the threads are not inside the socket. I too just start it by hand, but could see if someone lost a lot of finger strength it might be a bit more troublesome.
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I'm surprise someone in Minnesota is installing a new element so soon as in time of year and so soon as in ownership??
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I'm surprise someone in Minnesota is installing a new element so soon as in time of year and so soon as in ownership??
Hi: cpaharley2008... Maybe as well as a hard winter they have hard water. Alf
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where's best place to get a new anode?
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where's best place to get a new anode?
Any RV place. They are cheap.
But, do you need to replace the anode? You may have a long ways to go.
The bottom one does need to be replaced.
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Any RV place. They are cheap.
But, do you need to replace the anode? You may have a long ways to go.
The bottom one does need to be replaced.
no, not yet.. it just seemed like certain section was getting thin from holes. i was afraid it'll break off. but from your photo, it seems there's a stick inside the sacrificial material. I've been in extremely hard well water areas, so eating it fast.
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