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Old 11-04-2012, 03:34 PM   #1
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Need help with HW Drain

I can't seem to loosen the anode rod to drain the HW Tank. I just have basic tools and less than basic knowledge! WD-40? Special tool? Any advice would be welcome!
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:43 PM   #2
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It takes a lot of pressure to get the anode rod out. I use a socket wrench set with the breaker bar.
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:51 PM   #3
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took mine out w/a 37mm socket, small extension and ratchet. was 1/2" drive. no problem.
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:57 PM   #4
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took mine out w/a 37mm socket, small extension, and 1/2' drive ratchet. no problems.
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:28 PM   #5
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The bigger the socket and the wrench the more torque you will be able to apply. If it has not been removed in some time you might want to take a wire brush to the threads on the outside of the rod as close to the tank as possible clean them and spray them with some kind of good penetrating fluid. WD 40 is ok...but there are better choices.

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Old 11-04-2012, 06:31 PM   #6
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Mine takes a 27mm or 1-1/16" and I used a twelve point socket.

I used a 3/4" set in the pic just cause I had it with the extension handy from changing my boat prop. The smaller rachet in pic is 1/2" drive and would have worked on mine just fine if i had put a extention on it.

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Old 11-04-2012, 07:04 PM   #7
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Mine takes a 27mm or 1-1/16" and I used a twelve point socket.

I used a 3/4" set in the pic just cause I had it with the extension handy from changing my boat prop. The smaller rachet in pic is 1/2" drive and would have worked on mine just fine if i had put a extention on it.

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Mine takes a 27mm or 1-1/16" and I used a twelve point socket.

I used a 3/4" set in the pic just cause I had it with the extension handy from changing my boat prop. The smaller rachet in pic is 1/2" drive and would have worked on mine just fine if i had put a extention on it.

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Old 11-04-2012, 09:07 PM   #10
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On my Anode rod I had to tap the shocket with a hammer while appling pressure to get it to finally brake loss.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:01 PM   #11
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Sometimes you just gotta let the panther pee (penetrating oil) soak for a couple days.
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You might want to try torquing clockwise first and then try to loosen it off.
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