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Old 09-23-2008, 11:21 PM   #1
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Water heater plug

I am attempting to remove the drain plug to drain my water heater for the winter and need a little help. I have a good supply of tools and sockets but not the right one. I measured the plug with my tape measure and got exactly and 1 1/8 so I bought one and an 1 1/4 socket, and neither fit, too big. Since I live a ways from town and the store I didn't know if anyone knew the exact size before I made the return trip to town, metric or standard? The camper is a 2009 Wildwood 26TBSS with the electirc/gas water heater.
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Old 09-24-2008, 06:02 AM   #2
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My hot water plug is an 1 1/4" that's on a Rockwood. My socket will not go on smooth, I have to fiddle with it.
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Old 09-24-2008, 07:52 AM   #3
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The drainplug/anode rod in our Surburban water heater is 1-1/16". I've used a basin wrench to remove them too.
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:07 AM   #4
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The drainplug/anode rod in our Surburban water heater is 1-1/16".
Mine is also 1-1/16 and it is also a plug/anode.
My previous 2 trailers had a plastic drain plug and no anode.
They were a smaller size, maybe 7/8.

If yours is kinda rusty steel with a little bump in the center,
it's likely an anode/plug like we have now.
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:20 AM   #5
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same same here as well

have you tried a cresent wrench?? kind of awkward but it'll work.............
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Old 09-24-2008, 10:11 AM   #6
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My Flagstaff is 1 1/16" I used a 12 point socket with an extension 1/2" drive. It all so is a Suburban.
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Old 09-24-2008, 12:12 PM   #7
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My Flagstaff is 1 1/16" I used a 12 point socket with an extension 1/2" drive. It all so is a Suburban.
i use a 6 point
but if the rod has been in a while
spray some PB blaster or wd-40 on the exposed threads
anode rods are cheap, if its pitted up i would change it out

also make sure the electric is turned off and the pressure has been released by opening the OP valve.
i also run water through it till its cool to the touch to prevent a burn if the heater has been on
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:03 PM   #8
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So I am the odd ball with 1 1/8"
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So I am the odd ball with 1 1/8"
i dont think its a standard
1 1/8 is only 16 th larger, it will work to on a 12 point socket, i woulndt worry about getting branded "odd ball"
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:27 PM   #10
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Thank you all that replied, it was a 1 1/16". I also tried the cresent but there was no way it was going to happen. Thanks again.
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