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Old 03-20-2016, 08:33 PM   #11
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The white buildup I found on mine is Calcium buildup in the threads which were previously exposed to the tank water. I cleaned some of it out, but like everyone has said, the anode won't thread all the way in. I use teflon tape to seal and never leak a drop.
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Old 03-22-2016, 04:27 PM   #12
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As for the "white substance" it is most likely calcium from the water, and if it has became hard, the only way to properly clean it out is with a pipe tap, that will re-thread the threads and also clean out the pipe dope and the calcium build up in the back threads.
I have had a tap for this purpose for many years and every spring just run the tap up the treads and i am good to go with a new anode rod.
Hope this helps and Happy camping
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