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Old 11-10-2014, 07:22 PM   #31
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The camper is brand new this last September. Probably need to replace. We have bad hard water here. Attachment 66182


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That looks pretty good
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:34 PM   #32
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That actually looks pretty good. You have several more months left on that rod in my opinion. I'll try and snap a pic of mine when I get home. I usually replace it when it is about half gone.
I was going to try and get a pic for the OP but my water heater is full and I don't want to drain it as I'm headed out Friday. Sorry, I will snap a pic when I do drain it and if this thread is still active (seems like it will be ), I'll post it when I do.
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Old 11-10-2014, 09:39 PM   #33
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Yours looks a lot better than mine. Looks like you have 80% left. I'd wait and replace it later down the road. See how it looks in a few more months.
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Old 11-10-2014, 09:46 PM   #34
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I am no expert either... NPT or IPS is a tapered thread designed to seal on taper. The thread "lubricants" are partially designed to lubricate the threads during assembly. Many pipe fitter/plumbers use tape and paste at the same time. They make metallic pipe "dope". If you are worried about contact and corrosion at the same time...then use that.


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Old 11-10-2014, 10:00 PM   #35
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So here's a recent story sorta related to this thread

When we brought our trailer home to prepare for our upcoming trip we wanted to clean our water system, including the water heater because of the rotten egg smell we experienced during our past 2 trips - first time we smelled it we had no idea what was wrong, during the second trip around October 10th we figured out the problem (thanks to the forum) but we didn't have the tools needed for the job so we figured we'd wait until we prepare for our next trip which is now.

Well as we begin, DH releases the pressure value and low and behold hot water comes out! Yes, we had actually left the water heater on since our last trip that was over a month ago! Total newbie oversight! Thankfully no one was hurt, including the tank since is was full of hot water.

Wish I had taken a pic of the anode, it was like almost gone even though we just bought the trailer in March 2014 and you can see in my signature that we haven't had that many nights camping. I'm glad I had bought a couple of anodes to have on hand so we were able to replace it. So much scale came out of that tank, yuck! We cleaned the whole system with bleach water, but we're also going to put vinegar through the system, seems like that would do a better job of removing the scale.

And I'm never going to forget to turn off the water heater again when we break down camp. Ever!
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:19 PM   #36
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Me too. Especially when considering that the OP was just asking opinions about the remaining life of his anode Rod.

BTW - the threads on his anode Rod look prettry dang good to me and it looks like tape was used by the previous installer.
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:25 PM   #37
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Me too. Especially when considering that the OP was just asking opinions about the remaining life of his anode Rod.

BTW - the threads on his anode Rod look prettry dang good to me and it looks like tape was used by the previous installer.
Agreed and it'll probably be good for quite some time providing he doesn't run his water heater for a month straight

You know that commercial with the owl about 'How many licks would it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop', well I can now share 'How many days straight running your water heater in an average of 90 degree weather that it would take to use up your anode rod' and your propane tank too! Not really funny, but I'm thankful everything ended up alright
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:30 PM   #38
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I am no expert either... NPT or IPS is a tapered thread designed to seal on taper. The thread "lubricants" are partially designed to lubricate the threads during assembly. Many pipe fitter/plumbers use tape and paste at the same time. They make metallic pipe "dope". If you are worried about contact and corrosion at the same time...then use that.


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This is a correct statement that supports Glens experience with his anode now if we have a cathode ray tube I can claim to be an expert broadcast engineer...
I have use pipette pipe dope on my anode, lubricates the threads when I didn't have tape handy.
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Old 11-10-2014, 11:08 PM   #39
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These pics were taken when I removed my anode rod to winterize a couple of weeks ago. What you see in the pic is tape on the threads. This is original from the factory. The tape is peeling up a bit but not bunched up or acting as a nut.





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These pics were taken when I removed my anode rod to winterize a couple of weeks ago. What you see in the pic is tape on the threads. This is original from the factory. The tape is peeling up a bit but not bunched up or acting as a nut.
Looks like it had plenty of metal to metal contact regardless of the tape.

youroo, me thinks galvanic action takes place regardless of whether there is 110v ac available, unless my chemistry teacher lied to me.
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