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Old 05-03-2012, 11:54 AM   #1
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Any easy way to remove anode rod?

My Wildwood TT has a suburban water heater and I want to replace the anode rod but the plug is soldily rusted. I have tried every tool I have and every chemical and can't budge it. Has anyone come up with a good solution to busting this plug free?

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Old 05-03-2012, 12:18 PM   #2
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A socket of the correct size a 4 inch extension and a breaker bar. I take mine out yearly when I winterize and leave it out all winter. I clean the threads apply one wrap of Teflon tape for lubrication and install it in the spring. Have never had a problem.

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Old 05-03-2012, 12:26 PM   #3
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Impact wrench? Sounds a little extreme for an anode rod, but if you've tried everything else...
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:29 PM   #4
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The correct size wrench is critical.
Once you bugger the threads your choices deteriorate quickly.
A drill and LARGE "easy out" may be your only choice.

Be careful not to drill through into the tank. You don't want metal shavings in the water system.

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Old 05-03-2012, 02:02 PM   #5
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If your using the correct socket and it still wont budge after soaking it with penetrating oil. I would just leave it. You will probably cause more damage trying to force it then just leaving the old one in. How have you been winterizing it?
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:00 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by donn View Post
A socket of the correct size a 4 inch extension and a breaker bar. .
What HE said plus liberal amount of liquid wrench rust disolver found at
any hardware store.
Apply liquid wrench every few hours for a day or 2 and use the wrench
If you have a small propane torch you can try heating and then the socket
and lots of muscle.

Next time apply plenty of teflon tape or Oatey great white pipe dope
with teflon. You can get oatey at Home Depot or Lowes plumbing isle.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:54 PM   #7
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Thanks everybody. I'll give it all a try. Guess I better start working out at the gym more often.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:19 PM   #8
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As I recall, it's an oddball size, like 1 1/16" or 1 1/8".... Soak it once or twice a day for a week with good penetrating oil, then steady pressure with a breaker bar. As others said, wrap the threads of the new annode with teflon tape, and remove it at LEAST annually.
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Yeah it's an oddball size. I believe it is the 1 1/16" size in a 1/2" drive. Use a breaker bar and just make sure you are completly on the bolt. I did notice on mine with it being new they still didn't use any teflon tape and I thought I was giving it too much force. But then low and behold it finally let loose and I was able to get it out. Just take your time and don't rush things. Don't want to strip it our you will need to get the "easy out" like Herk suggested.
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1/2 stick of dynamite would get it out !

I do not really have a suggestion that already has not been said .

oh wait I think I do

get one of these ! 
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its 3/8 drive just use an adapter . I Have two of these and use it all the time for stuck rusted bolts that I don't want to use a pneumatic impact for .
This thing will jolt the item being removed and works 90 % of the time !

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