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Old 04-12-2016, 12:12 AM   #21
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I personally don't mind paying the extra to keep a local business open. Amazon has killed the small business.

Think about when your on the road and something breaks, Amazon is not going to be there to help. The local guy/gal will be. I'll pat extra to support the local shop.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not anti-Amazon, there are things that are not local and worth the drive.
I totally agree with you we should keep small businesses a live. They can give you good advice and service Amazon never can.
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Old 04-12-2016, 01:12 AM   #22
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Suggestion. Save the old anode rod, cut off the rod portion, and then save the plug for when you winterize the unit. When you winterize, change out the rod for the plug when you drain the WH. This will preserve the good rod and keep out all the junk that collects in the tank and clogs your water lines and faucets. It's a few extra step but saves you from bigger headaches in the spring.
Not sure why you think a dry anode rod needs to be "preserved." No water = no chemical reaction. Filling the hole with something will certainly keep any small insects/critters out, but I'm not sure what other junk you think will get into the hole. It's pretty well protected by the WH door. Maybe a small leaf or two? Not sure. Most of the junk that collects in the tank is hard water deposits, as posted previously. A dry tank won't create any more of them over the winter.

I do agree that the plug without the anode is a LOT easier to screw into the hole. I'll give you that.
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I read to remove the anode over the winter , is that a good idea ?


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You'll want to have something plugging the hole over the winter to keep bugs and dirt out.
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I don't. Take it out to drain/clean water heater when winterizing, put it back in. Stays there until I take it out to drain/clean/winterize again.
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Based on your original photo your water heater is a surburban SW6PE manual pilot type with a porcelain lined steel tank pre 90's. A standard anode rod is what I would use. Unless you have had bad odors from your tank then I Would consider a magnesium type.

It is hard to tell from your photo some early rods used brass for the nut, newer ones are steel. It is important to use thread tape or a good pipe sealant to help prevent the rod from rusting in place, not so much for sealing purposes.
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