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Old 10-11-2012, 03:43 PM   #11
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:11 PM   #12
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In this case lose the WD40 and get some PB Blaster, it will be your new friend.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:57 PM   #13
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No one mentioned it, or maybe I missed it ... with the Suburban WH it's a 1-1/16" socket size you need - along with an extension, 6 inch is ideal, I tried with a short extension the 1st time and cut my hand on the nasty piece of sheet metal that protects the burner...

Teflon tape helps both in putting it in next and removing it later. Mine lasted 3 full summers before it needed to be replaced.

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Old 10-11-2012, 07:05 PM   #14
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That was totally uncalled for. I must remind you (I know it was said in jest) that name calling is prohibited here. Please treat each other with respect.

I may have been quick on the trigger but I have to say that most of our "bar fights" started with innocuous comments said in jest that were taken badly by the recipient. TONE does not come through in a post. I would rather be early than late when it comes to protecting our reputation as a nice place to visit.

I am SURE Turbo took no offense; as I am SURE your "nudge" was all in good fun. I am also sure that if the "good old boys" (those of us who have no life when we are not camping) don't set the example, then who will?
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:10 PM   #15
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The way my anode rod looked after the first six months usage, I thought I would have to replace it every couple of years, how ever after two more years, it looks the same.
As far as draining the water, I forgot to switch the winterizing valves before blowing out the water, and after switching the valves and removing the rod to drain the water, there was no water left in the tank.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:10 PM   #16
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Just replaced ours - first timer as well. 1-1/16" socket as noted. Stand to the side; with the pressure relief open the water will shoot out quickly. Being a used unit (TT) I don't know when it was replaced; appears to be 25% used. For the price I opted to replace and compare the two next year to understand wear. Water conditions in different areas will impact how long the rod will last. In NL its recommended that a home water heater be replaced every 5 years due to the minerals in the water.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:28 PM   #17
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I just took mine out of my 2012 Roo 19. Came right out with a 1-1/16" socket. I used my old "manual" torque wrench which is about 1-1/2 ft long. No problem. The rod had about 4 or 5 quarter-sized spots on it, so I'd say it was about 10% used based on hert7769's pics.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:44 PM   #18
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Mine looked pretty bad after one season.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:31 PM   #19
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Just replaced ours - first timer as well. 1-1/16" socket as noted. Stand to the side; with the pressure relief open the water will shoot out quickly. Being a used unit (TT) I don't know when it was replaced; appears to be 25% used. For the price I opted to replace and compare the two next year to understand wear. Water conditions in different areas will impact how long the rod will last. In NL its recommended that a home water heater be replaced every 5 years due to the minerals in the water.
You speak about replacing a home water heater anode rod every 5 years. I have noticed in the past that almost no one ever speaks about their home water heater anode rod. I realize this a RV forum, but I wonder how many home owners even know their water heater contains an anode rod.
It serves the same purpose as the anode rod in your RV does.

My current home contains a tankless water heater so I don't have an anode rod to deal with, but I noticed in my prior homes that if the water heater is in an enclosed closet ( all mine were in closets in the garage) that I don't think I would have enough overhead room to fully extract/insert a new anode rod as all my water heaters had the rods installed in the top of the heater and I would have to remove the closet ceiling in order to get the old rod out and the new rod in.

Just saying.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:41 PM   #20
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You speak about replacing a home water heater anode rod every 5 years. I have noticed in the past that almost no one ever speaks about their home water heater anode rod. I realize this a RV forum, but I wonder how many home owners even know their water heater contains an anode rod.
It serves the same purpose as the anode rod in your RV does.

My current home contains a tankless water heater so I don't have an anode rod to deal with, but I noticed in my prior homes that if the water heater is in an enclosed closet ( all mine were in closets in the garage) that I don't think I would have enough overhead room to fully extract/insert a new anode rod as all my water heaters had the rods installed in the top of the heater and I would have to remove the closet ceiling in order to get the old rod out and the new rod in.

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Funny you should say that. After I had my water heater about 6 years I ordered a new anode for my home water heater. It is still sitting next to the heater 2 years later. My old one is so corroded in place it can not be removed without a cutting torch. Since my water heater is a computer controlled unit packed with styrofoam and cost me a pretty penny, I will just need to wait till the bottom rusts out an floods my basement.

I won't obviously, but I have limited options about guessing when to replace it before the inevitable disaster.

Before you say, I tried:

Large breaker bar
Impact Wrench
PB penetrant
heat (melted quite a bit of styrofoam)
Pound the *&^% out of it with a hammer
Tried to "chisel turn" it out.

All with no luck. Wish I had ordered the anode a few years earlier.

Oh, and I also have limited headroom above the heater so I ordered a segmented anode that bends up to 90 degrees so you can snake it into the water heater. The old one would get cut in sections as it was retracted.
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