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Old 10-03-2012, 10:05 AM   #1
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Question Suburban Hot Water Heater Anode Socket Size ?

Has anyone recently removed the anode on there hot water tank ? I just want to verify the socket size was 1 & 1/16 ?

I am on way home from work and was hoping to pick up the right tools without having to go home first to measure the anode socket requirment.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:15 AM   #2
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1-1/16 , 6 point soc. Youroo!!
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:59 AM   #3
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1-1/16 , 6 point soc. Youroo!!
thanks Youroo....you saved me a trip home. I owe you at least $5.00 for gas.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:09 PM   #4
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Just pulled mine over the weekend. Been running it every weekend for 1 or 2 days since July 4th. It looked almost like brand new still. Now I'm even happier about the water quality at my RV resort. Woohoo! Oh ya, it's a Suburban 10gal DSI.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:23 PM   #5
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Just pulled mine this afternoon. Still perfect (it was new last fall). There was a lot of white "goo" on it (calcium I think) but it washed right off and more goop came out with the flush.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:34 PM   #6
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Too funny. I just pulled mine last night for kicks. Two year and about 3/4 to the good. Still have one as a backup.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:18 PM   #7
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1-1/16 , 6 point soc. Youroo!!
I've been trying to pull mine (but discovered that the size socket that I had was 1/16" too small....sigh).

But I have a question -- mine looks like it has a small screw on the centre of it -- what is that about?

Also, tried to loosen the thing with a wrench/vise grip but no joy. Shouldn't it be just a little tight and not jammed right on?

Thanks - a mystified Canuck where it's going to get really cold, really soon....
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:28 PM   #8
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I use a 1 1/16 Cobalt 6 point that I bought at Lowe's. It was under 6 bucks....screw might be where the anode attaches to the fitting.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:37 PM   #9
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Ah - K. Thanks Mark and Linda. That makes sense. Will go out hunting tomorrow, though it's Canadian Thanksgiving and I'm in a small town.
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I've been trying to pull mine (but discovered that the size socket that I had was 1/16" too small....sigh).

But I have a question -- mine looks like it has a small screw on the centre of it -- what is that about?

Also, tried to loosen the thing with a wrench/vise grip but no joy. Shouldn't it be just a little tight and not jammed right on?

Thanks - a mystified Canuck where it's going to get really cold, really soon....
We used zinc anodes in shell and tube heat exchangers. Sometimes the anode comes with a threaded plug because it was drilled up to the anode material beyond the securing nut. The purpose was you could pull the small plug in a maintenance session and if water came out you knew the anode was used up (it reached the useful life. If no water you could continue to use it. I also think the Atwood style heater certain vendors sold anodes with a pet cock in the end, same purpose. Real life, not very useful. Teltale would leak at 50% and once removed too late to see the early warning.
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