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Old 10-18-2015, 07:23 PM   #1
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Anode rod

We're new to rv'ing. We've got a 2015 Coachmen Apex. 25'. We pulled the anode, drained the water heater. We did the antifreeze thing and everything went well but now I can't get the anode back in. It's like the threads just won't catch. Is there a secret to this? I've tried the Teflon tape and it's not helping. I took an old toothbrush and cleaned out all the threads and still the thing just won't catch. Is there some kind of "goop" that might help? I'm at my wits end here. Any ideas?
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Old 10-18-2015, 07:29 PM   #2
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Installing the anode is like installing a cam shaft, you need a little leverage.

Wrap the threads with thread tape, put the anode in the socket and thread slowly so as to not cross thread.
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Old 10-18-2015, 07:32 PM   #3
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Bill,use a 1-1/16" 6 point socket with 6" ext on it,now lay some heavy paper across the socket opening and push the anode head into the socket,now you should have a Long tight handle to place the rod into the Tank level and be able to turn it in! Youroo!!
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Old 10-18-2015, 07:33 PM   #4
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You have to try to hold the far end of the rod UP (i.e., level) while inserting and turning it. (If you just stick it in, it will droop and won't be square on the threads.) It can be quite a trick. You might try putting your socket back on it; if it's "tight enough" on the rod, it might give you more to hold onto while trying to keep the other end of the rod up. The trick is to keep it square to the threads.
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Put a wad of toilet paper in your socket so the nut on the rod don't drop to far into the socket then put the rod into the socket then wrap the socket and rod with a strip of masking tape to hold the two together.
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You have to try to hold the far end of the rod UP (i.e., level) while inserting and turning it. (If you just stick it in, it will droop and won't be square on the threads.) It can be quite a trick.

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Winterized our Windjammer yesterday...discovered when re-threading the anode rod by hand keeping pressure on the bottom of the threaded end while turning it in a clockwise really took the frustration out of the event. I'm going to try one of the socket post next time.
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