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Old 09-06-2016, 06:03 PM   #11
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New rods are not like the ones years ago....I think something has changed...Years ago you could practically turn in with your fingers!!!!
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Old 09-06-2016, 06:26 PM   #12
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You use a die for pipe. You use a tap for fittings. Just saying.

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Sorry but I use a TAP for Holes,we are talking about a "Entrance Hole in the Tank,that the A-Rod Threads into"! Youroo!!
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Old 09-06-2016, 07:28 PM   #13
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Anode rod

X2 on the releasing the water pressure prior to removing the anode rod. Sprayed all over me and the motorhome side... My son just stood there and laughed at me. That's OK, karma is a booger...

I used a toothbrush size stainless steel wire brush, the kind you can use for welding cleanup, to clean the crud and old teflon tape out of the tank socket and the threads on the rod.

Wrap teflon tape on the new rod.
I put a wadded up piece of newspaper in the socket to keep the anode closer to the end of socket and provide better control.
I give the rod in the socket a "fireman's turn" in the left hand direction and when the threads are aligned you will feel it. Then tighten enough to not leak.
DO NOT GORILLA torque that anode rod.
If you do, the next time you go to remove it you will be cussing that so and so who overtightened the rod last time...
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Old 09-06-2016, 07:34 PM   #14
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You use a die for pipe. You use a tap for fittings. Just saying.

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WHAT?? Die for pipe yes but on the outside. (You could use a tap on a pipe.) A tap is to clean up or start new threads on the inside of a part
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Old 09-06-2016, 07:48 PM   #15
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I had the same issue last year when I bought a replacement anode made by Camco. The threads were not tapered even though the rod was listed as being compatible with a suburban water heater. I wasn't comfortable with only a few threads screwed in. The heater is right where people like to sit under the awning. I had visions of my daughters getting scalded when the rod popped. I ordered one straight from Suburban. That rod screwed right in after I cleaned out the crud with a round wire brush.
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Hard to see the taper on a large pipe fittings but i am sure it was tapered. If you have part #s i would be more than happy to compare the two and let Camco be aware of this.
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Old 09-08-2016, 02:41 PM   #17
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WHAT?? Die for pipe yes but on the outside. (You could use a tap on a pipe.) A tap is to clean up or start new threads on the inside of a part
I guess I should just keep my mouth shut. As a plumber and gasfitter for over three decades I have become accustomed to using our terminology which, apparently, isn't global. In the hundreds of miles of steel pipe that I have installed, I have never tapped a pipe with threads. Now, branches off of water mains are a different thing, but those threads are nothing like the threads we are talking about here.

I was just being a smartass when I quoted youroo and I meant no offense.

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I also have never tapped a pipe for threads but theoretically you could.
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Old 09-08-2016, 02:58 PM   #19
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I guess I should just keep my mouth shut. As a plumber and gasfitter for over three decades I have become accustomed to using our terminology which, apparently, isn't global. In the hundreds of miles of steel pipe that I have installed, I have never tapped a pipe with threads. Now, branches off of water mains are a different thing, but those threads are nothing like the threads we are talking about here.

I was just being a smartass when I quoted youroo and I meant no offense.

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None taken....also a plumber (retired now...yaa!) for over 30 years, and I never tapped the inside of a piece of pipe either. I guess it's just best to let this thread "die!"
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