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Old 05-24-2011, 12:22 PM   #1
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Water Heater plastic knobs

We just dewinterized our Rockwood 2304 but we can't turn any of the knobs on the water heater. We didn't try really hard because they feel like they'll break if we put much force on them. Can anyone tell me which direction to turn them and which order. Thanks!

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Old 05-24-2011, 12:40 PM   #2
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I'd say the one at the top is Close and the other one is Open.

Clockwise to Close
Counter Clockwise to Open.

Looks like it' the Waterr Heater By-Pass. When in one position, water does not enter the heater. Kinda hard to see on the picture.

Good luck
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:06 PM   #3
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I "think" I see 3 valves in the photo.
It appears like the middle is the bypass-- you need to close it.
The bottom is the cold inlet to the water heater-- open it.
The top is the cold supply into the hot line-- shut it.

This assumes you were in full winterized mode.
The valves can be stuck but I haven't broken one of mine yet.
Turn 'em and good luck!!
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:12 PM   #4
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We just dewinterized our Rockwood 2304 but we can't turn any of the knobs on the water heater. We didn't try really hard because they feel like they'll break if we put much force on them. Can anyone tell me which direction to turn them and which order. Thanks!
They do turn hard. Can't remember exactly, but I think they turn clockwise to open. Like Dan says, the closed 1s need to be opened, and the open 1 needs to be closed. It really doesn't matter which order.
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We just dewinterized our Rockwood 2304 but we can't turn any of the knobs on the water heater. We didn't try really hard because they feel like they'll break if we put much force on them. Can anyone tell me which direction to turn them and which order. Thanks!

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Parallel with water line = Open
Perpendicular with water line = Closed

For Operation: (Per your picture)
Top and bottom valves should be parallel with water lines, middle one should be perpendicular to water lines. (Note upside down valve at bottom!)

For Winterization:
As pictured. Top and bottom valves Perpendicular to water lines, middle valve parallel to water lines.

The valves can be stiff, but will only turn 45 from their current positions. (I don't remember for sure which way they turn for open/close. I think previous poster is correct.)

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Old 05-24-2011, 01:13 PM   #6
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OK, thanks to all of you. We'll be using the trailer this next weekend so we'll see if we can get this working.
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:15 PM   #7
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The valves can be stiff, but will only turn 45 from their current positions.
I think that should be 90 degrees.....they are 1/4 turn valves.

BTW, how did you get that little degree o ??? I don't have that on my computer.

Never mind, I Googled it and found out how.
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I think that should be 90 degrees.....they are 1/4 turn valves.

BTW, how did you get that little degree o ??? I don't have that on my computer.
You can only get the when you enter the wrong degrees of turn!

(BTW, it's a "Special Character"...many ways to type them...check google for lists!)
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Alt + 0176......gotta remember that.
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You really have to wonder who they hire to put these rigs together. Three valves pointing in three different directions. It can't be more work to install them so they face the proper way
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