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Old 12-29-2015, 08:58 PM   #11
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I have been reading through the threads and see that some people use teflon tape on the anode rod threads. I am curious if this affects the operation of the rod. It seems that the rod would have to be grounded (via the threads) in order to conduct.

I just performed my first winterization over Christmas and am now questioning my decision to apply teflon tape.

Thanks in advance for your input.


Teflon Tape of course
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Old 12-29-2015, 09:41 PM   #12
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If you want to get it back out use teflon. I rap 3x and tighten it hand tight + 1/4 turn with wrench. Work for years
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Old 12-29-2015, 09:58 PM   #13
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I would never use teflon tape in a water system.All it takes is 1 little thread of it floating around inside the water system and valves,shower head, will all be a nightmare chaseing it around. Food grade never sieze = no problems.
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Old 12-29-2015, 10:47 PM   #14
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I removed the rod in my heater yesterday for the first time (it was in good shape). There was definitely evidence of tape being used when the factory assembled it.
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Old 12-30-2015, 01:40 AM   #15
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Another vote for tape.
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Old 12-30-2015, 05:51 AM   #16
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2nd Year I changed Anode Rode with no Teflon Tape. It was a pain to get out. Had to use a breaker bar and impact wrench to get it removed. 3rd Year I used Teflon Tape on new Anode Rode and it came out with a standard socket. Much Easier. Do yourself a favor and wrap it 3x with Teflon Tape... I know I will going forward...
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Old 12-30-2015, 08:03 AM   #17
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I have been reading through the threads and see that some people use teflon tape on the anode rod threads. I am curious if this affects the operation of the rod. It seems that the rod would have to be grounded (via the threads) in order to conduct.

I just performed my first winterization over Christmas and am now questioning my decision to apply teflon tape.

Thanks in advance for your input.
I guess I am old school but I use pipe dope. It is safe for potable water systems and makes it easier to remove the next time. I have used Teflon tape but still prefer the dope.
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Old 12-30-2015, 08:43 AM   #18
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Teflon tape is good to keep it from seizing. Some say it keeps the plug from making metal-to-metal contact, but it doesn't. 2 turns will seal between the threads and still tear enough to allow contact. It's much easier to get out next time, too.
X2. Perfect explanation on how best to apply. Anti-seize is highly toxic and should be avoided near water supply.
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Old 12-30-2015, 11:28 AM   #19
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X2. Perfect explanation on how best to apply. Anti-seize is highly toxic and should be avoided near water supply.
Food grade never sieze is what it used on joints and flanges in the food mfg industry. It is non toxic. The copper stuff is a different story.
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I use pipe dope also. I haven't had any trouble getting the anode out.
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