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Old 12-09-2011, 10:24 PM   #11
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Can you use the air blower adapter and blow them out with an air compressor?
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Old 12-10-2011, 10:15 AM   #12
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Yes we can do that to hot and cold water lines but the water inside the hot water heater should be drained and the anode tube inspected and replaced if necessary. I'm not sure it's a good idea to air blow the water inside the hot water heater out with a compressor unless it's to clear out the water lines between tank and the bypass valves and even then I would do that with hot water heater tank plug off to allow the air pressure to escape. My worry would be that the hot water tank could be filled with air and the air pressure could cause something to crack inside the tank.
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Old 12-10-2011, 05:38 PM   #13
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The round thing on the bottom center is the hot water tank plug and anode tube. Get a socket wrench and unscrew to drain and also to reveal the anode tube.
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Old 12-11-2011, 03:31 PM   #14
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You will need to drain the filter separately. Be carfel not to "spill" when unscrewing the jar. I don't really have room to put much of a pan under it when unscrewing it, and the area below it is an area that they ran carpet to, so I have to be VERY careful. I then bypass the filter by disconnecting the lines going to either side of it, and connecting them together with a plastic double male that I picked up at the local hardware store.

Then when I pump the pink-stuff through the system, I'm not using half a gallon to fill the filter jar, plus I don't have to worry about spilling again in the Spring. I've heard of others that fill the jar with washed stone or marbles to minimize using the extra anti-freeze, but for me, it's just easier to bypass.

In the Spring, I may buy the three valves and the fittings that I'd need to plumb a bypass on the filter, but that's a low priority project.
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:16 AM   #15
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Fire Instructor,

Wow! I got down and took a look at my filter and you are right! This is going to be a challenge unscrewing it without getting everything wet.
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:07 PM   #16
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I used a silicon baking pan to catch any spills. It's flexible enough to get under the filter and rigid enough to hold it if I do spill. Also it was a place to let the filter drain once I got it out.
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Wow! I got down and took a look at my filter and you are right! This is going to be a challenge unscrewing it without getting everything wet.
If the lines are drained and subsequently depressurized, it shouldn't be too bad. Just have a rag handy to clean up spills. After loosening the filter with the water filter wrench, use both hands to unscrew the filter until it comes off to minimize spillage.
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:19 PM   #18
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone! When the camper gets back from shop, I'll do a winterizing test run.
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