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Old 02-13-2013, 01:29 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by wa3pnt View Post
Actually the Anode Rod shown in the original post still has a lot of life left in it. There is a steel rod on which the sacrificial material is built, and when the rod is "all used up" all that remains is that center rod. You can see that rod when you look at the end of the rod.

But, it is a good idea to replace on a regular basis, and just as important is flushing out the gunk in the bottom of the water heater with a device similar to this: Water Heater Flushing Tool: Sports & Outdoors

You can also make a similar device very easily with some 1/4" copper tubing.

Two buyer reviews of this tool and both reviews give it a thumbs up.

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Old 02-13-2013, 01:33 PM   #12
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You guys are right about it leaving stuff in the tank.My old trailer didn't have the anode in it.When I drain it for the winter I run water through it and all kind of extra crap come out of it. So I guess I will stay with the one without .

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