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Old 10-22-2013, 10:35 PM   #31
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Well water isn't necessarily any better. It can be loaded with iron, calcium, etc. Whatever's leaching out of your particular aquifer. I'm on a well and I need a water softener, and my kitchen faucet is always calcifying up (your kitchen cold water line doesn't go through the water softener, unless you plumber screwed up). In fact, in some ways, city water is probably better with regards to having been commercially filtered and softened.
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:01 PM   #32
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I forgot the last time I filled up my tank I used the campgrounds water lol
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:13 AM   #33
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FWIW- when you buy a new washing machine it usually comes with
black rubber hoses. We always replace those with the stainless braided
ones. I take those black rubber hoses and cut them in half. This gives
me 4 short water hoses with a faucet fitting on one end.
I use one of those to fill my fresh water tank. It works great and I
never get "blow back" until my tank is absolutely full. I use them in my
garden to fill buckets and watering cans at a faucet.
AND-- I can stick one in the drain hole in my water heater to flush out
most of the crud when I'm winterizing. If there's a -few- grains of calcium or
lime or flakes from the anode left in there I don't care. I get out most
of it out and move on. That's good enough for me!
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:34 AM   #34
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Don't worry about it. It is virtually impossible to tighten it up without getting some metal to metal contact. The threads will cit through the tape.

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Joel is correct. I use Teflon pipe dope and it works just great, as well.

Here are some photos (in addition to the one posted earlier) and information on the water heater's anode rod. NEVER use anything but a 1 1/16 inch socket on the anode rod and NEVER forget to use Teflon tape or pipe dope when installing the rod. The rod WILL rust into place and be a bear to remove without cracking the porcelain finish inside. The last thing you want to do is screw up the rod so it can't be removed.
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:54 AM   #35
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:15 AM   #36
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Joel is correct. I use Teflon pipe dope and it works just great, as well.

Here are some photos (in addition to the one posted earlier) and information on the water heater's anode rod. NEVER use anything but a 1 1/16 inch socket on the anode rod and NEVER forget to use Teflon tape or pipe dope when installing the rod. The rod WILL rust into place and be a bear to remove without cracking the porcelain finish inside. The last thing you want to do is screw up the rod so it can't be removed.
Water is also a reasonably good conductor too, try dropping a frayed extension cord in a puddle and step in it you will feel how good water carries electricity.
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That sir is your anode rod. It is doing what its supposed to by the looks of it. Flush out water heater and replace the anode rod and you'll be fine. They need checked every year. Turbs
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I never figured there would be so much info on an anode rod lol. Keep it coming guys! I like learning about my camper lol
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Water is also a reasonably good conductor too, try dropping a frayed extension cord in a puddle and step in it you will feel how good water carries electricity.
I assume this was a joke. Don't try this one at home.

While pure water is a poor conductor, water with dissolved ions (like normal tap water found in your water heater) is an excellent conductor.

The "crud" in the bottom of the water heater is calcium nuggets from hard water that participates out of solution when the water is heated and bits of sacrificial anode rod that gets "lopped" off as the rod is eaten away by low grade acids in the water.
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I think DDC's point was that you need to do that recommended conductivity check between anode and tank before you fill it with water.
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