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Old 09-21-2015, 08:21 PM   #1
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Loosening the anode rod?

What can I treat the bolt with this week before my son shows up to put the new one in? Want to give it time to sink in. The whole area at the heater door is rusty. Since the rod area is exposed to the heat of the water heater, I don't want to risk a fire later using the wrong product. What about household oil, or WD40?
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Old 09-21-2015, 08:33 PM   #2
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Try to find a product called.

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wd-40 and an impact gun. I put Teflon on mine and use a breaker bar. You don't have to actually get it crazy tight. I take mine out to drain the tank after every trip, new Teflon and loosly screw it in until I'm ready to use it.
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Old 09-21-2015, 08:41 PM   #4
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wd-40 and an impact gun. I put Teflon on mine and use a breaker bar. You don't have to actually get it crazy tight. I take mine out to drain the tank after every trip, new Teflon and loosly screw it in until I'm ready to use it.
I do have WD 40 here and the teflon tape, so will spray lightly to contain it to the rod area a couple times this week. That will give it about 5 days to sink in before Mike comes to pull it out, he has some serious tools so hopeful not too much trouble. Thanks.
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Loosening the anode rod

Nut Cracker or Liquid Wrench. The anode probably takes a 1-1/16 socket, on a short extension. All the talk about breaker bars sounds scary. The anode should NEVER be turned in that tight. Like others have said, just snug it up with the Teflon tape. Incidentally, I've found that anodes need to be replaced about once a season. Incidentally X2, never remove an anode without making sure that there's no pressure in the line; always pull the relief valve first! Beats getting wet.

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Old 09-22-2015, 11:08 AM   #6
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[QUOTE=kdot;990513]Nut Cracker or Liquid Wrench. The anode probably takes a 1-1/16 socket, on a short extension. All the talk about breaker bars sounds scary. The anode should NEVER be turned in that tight. Like others have said, just snug it up with the Teflon tape. Incidentally, I've found that anodes need to be replaced about once a season. Incidentally X2, never remove an anode without making sure that there's no pressure in the line; always pull the relief valve first! Beats getting wet.END QUOTE

......could it be it takes a 1 1/2 inch socket? I can't find a 1 1/16 socket.
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Old 09-22-2015, 11:27 AM   #7
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I've always used a basin wrench to take my anode rod out and to just snug it up when installing. I also don't replace it as long as there is sacrificial material left. We are on season 4 on this rod.
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Old 09-22-2015, 11:32 AM   #8
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......could it be it takes a 1 1/2 inch socket? I can't find a 1 1/16 socket.
A Suburban anode is 1 1/16th. Sears has that socket, as it's in most bigger socket sets I get there. If it's stuck, you want to make sure and use a 6-point socket and not a 12-point.

Also you can find that size in 1/2 inch drive 6 point impact sockets, as that used to be a common lug nut size on larger Ford trucks. You can also find 4 way truck lug wrenches with this size on it to get you better leverage and you can use 2 hands on it. Most all auto parts store will have the truck lug wrench.

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Nut Cracker or Liquid Wrench. The anode probably takes a 1-1/16 socket, on a short extension. All the talk about breaker bars sounds scary. The anode should NEVER be turned in that tight. Like others have said, just snug it up with the Teflon tape. Incidentally, I've found that anodes need to be replaced about once a season. Incidentally X2, never remove an anode without making sure that there's no pressure in the line; always pull the relief valve first! Beats getting wet.END QUOTE

......could it be it takes a 1 1/2 inch socket? I can't find a 1 1/16 socket.
The Proper Socket is 1-1/16 6 point! Youroo!!
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Old 09-22-2015, 12:04 PM   #10
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Thanks to all. I believe my son has a set of large sockets. Too bad they don't put this in the owners manual !
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