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Old 11-06-2015, 01:03 PM   #11
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No anode rod on Atwood water heaters.
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Old 11-06-2015, 01:10 PM   #12
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My tire tool that has a correct size to tighten the plug. It's one that has four sizes and is cross shaped. It's straight and long enough to get the job done. I find it easier than a ratchet and socket (plus I always carry one in my truck).
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Old 11-06-2015, 06:25 PM   #13
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2 wraps with the tape is all you need. Anymore than that puts to much stress on the threads.
Tried just a couple wraps on HW heater plug & a few others I found leaking over the years. Always seemed to be plastic plug into metal giving problems. The only way I could get the leaks to stop was using several wraps of teflon. Maybe something about plastic shrinking with age and causing leaks. Must be why Atwood used pipe dope for a better seal.
I just didn't have any pipe dope on hand when I discovered the leaks.
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Tried just a couple wraps on HW heater plug & a few others I found leaking over the years. Always seemed to be plastic plug into metal giving problems. The only way I could get the leaks to stop was using several wraps of teflon. Maybe something about plastic shrinking with age and causing leaks. Must be why Atwood used pipe dope for a better seal.
I just didn't have any pipe dope on hand when I discovered the leaks.
Pipe dope lives up to it's nickname, any dope can put it on pipe!

It is fast and cheap (in no way related to the RV industry)

There IS a right way and a wrong way to use thread tape.

Three trips around the plug has been more than enough, once the tank gets hot it will swell/expand some so a little extra nudge might be needed.

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Old 11-06-2015, 07:09 PM   #15
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My last trailer had an Attwood with the plastic plug. As others have said, a couple turns of Teflon tape worked well for 3 or 4 ins and outs, then the threads seemed to wear out or something - also, as others have said, easy to cross thread. I always carried a spare just in case - pretty cheap insurance.
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Old 11-07-2015, 03:17 AM   #16
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I replaced my plastic plug with a small profile boiler valve. Makes it easier for draining.
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Old 11-07-2015, 01:51 PM   #17
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Interesting idea!
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Old 11-08-2015, 07:24 PM   #18
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2 wraps with the tape is all you need. Anymore than that puts to much stress on the threads.
I agree with the two wraps but it doesn't hurt at all to put a little pipe dope over the Teflon, the combination does wonders if you have a small leak that the Teflon doesn't quite seal. Just a small amount is all you need, it has helped me on the job seal some stubborn leaks.
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I agree with the two wraps but it doesn't hurt at all to put a little pipe dope over the Teflon, the combination does wonders if you have a small leak that the Teflon doesn't quite seal. Just a small amount is all you need, it has helped me on the job seal some stubborn leaks.

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