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Old 01-12-2014, 11:29 AM   #11
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I bought the tool also, when I get home I plan on welding a top on it and an old socket for a 1/2" ratchet to make it easier to use.
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Good idea OC. I was thinking of doing something similar with mine. It was bloody cold when I replaced the busted element (during our winter camping season) and I ended up using a long screwdriver that I bent and I smacked with a blunt object to get it loose. It did work, but I don't want to repeat it.
Hey guys, I haven't used one of these below, but for only 12-14 bucks per, it seems it would be easier than trying to weld something to the thin metal element socket. Just use with ratchet (or breaker bar) and extensions. Maybe one of our other members has experience with one and can avow for them.

The Camco one had reviews from fellow rv'ers for it on Amazon.

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Old 01-12-2014, 11:46 AM   #12
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Hey guys, I haven't used one of these below, but for only 12-14 bucks per, it seems it would be easier than trying to weld something to the thin metal element socket. Maybe one of our other members has experience and can avow for them.

Just a suggestion. Feel free to hate it.

Camco 9953 Professional Water Heater Element Socket - Amazon.com

TEKTON 1828 1/2-Inch by 1-1/2-Inch Water Heater Socket - Amazon.com
Gave $8 for the sheet metal socket and I have a bunch of old 1/2" sockets. Labor is free as is the scrap metal for top and mig welding. Your suggestions are ideal for those without the means to mod the sheet metal one.
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OC is just not happy unless he is makin' sparks or weldin' sumptin.
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Are the anode and element the same size/use the same size socket?
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Are the anode and element the same size/use the same size socket?
Nope. The heating element is much larger.
(don't have the exact sizes right in front of me but someone will likely
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Nope. The heating element is much larger.
(don't have the exact sizes right in front of me but someone will likely
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The plastic plug for mine is 3/4 inch.
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Are the anode and element the same size/use the same size socket?
Heating Element: 1 and 1/2
Anode Rod: 1 and 1/16
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Old 01-18-2014, 11:35 AM   #19
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After installing the Suburban 232317 140° 120V Thermostat and using it for a week, we are absolutely delighted with it. We use a lot less hot water due to the 20° increase in temperature, therefore less electricity and propane. Went online and contacted RV Supply Parts and bought 2 more 140° thermostats for $42 including shipping to keep around for spares just incase I have another "brain fart".

Would never consider using a 120° thermostat again, so even with the cost of the brain fart I had, we came out with a much better hot water system.
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So even your "brain farts" mod your trailer...
Figures!

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