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Old 12-29-2015, 06:03 PM   #1
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Anode Rod - Teflon Tape or No Tape?

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.
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Old 12-29-2015, 06:06 PM   #2
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Teflon tape is a yes
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Old 12-29-2015, 06:13 PM   #3
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If you don't use Teflon tape you may never be able to get the anode rod back out next year.
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Old 12-29-2015, 06:13 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 12-29-2015, 06:15 PM   #5
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I use an anti-sieze compound on it, mostly because I have a jar of it. Just tighten it enough so it doesn't leak.

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Old 12-29-2015, 06:17 PM   #6
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I use teflon tape. The threads should cut through the tape and give you good metal to metal contact unless you use a whole roll of the tape. 1 or 2 layers should be a plenty.
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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.
This is my theory and practice, also.
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Anti seize as well here.


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Old 12-29-2015, 06:59 PM   #9
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As per the back of the package on the OE Suburban anode rods, #1:



and on the after market Camco anode rod, #6
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Old 12-29-2015, 08:56 PM   #10
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I use teflon tape and the anode rod wears down every couple years so that tells me it's working and doing what it is supposed to.
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