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Old 12-07-2016, 11:40 AM   #1
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Socket for Suburban Hot Water Heater

I'm winterizing. Does anyone know the socket size required for a Suburban hot water heater?

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Old 12-07-2016, 11:43 AM   #2
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1 1/16 " on mine
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Old 12-07-2016, 11:51 AM   #3
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1 1/16 " on mine
Same here!!! I believe that IS the standard socket size on the Suburban water heater.
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Old 12-07-2016, 12:04 PM   #4
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I believe that IS the standard socket size on the Suburban water heater.
That has been my experience.

You usually want to make sure and use a six point socket on it also.
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Old 12-07-2016, 12:27 PM   #5
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That has been my experience.

You usually want to make sure and use a six point socket on it also.
Thanks all around. 1 1/16 6pt worked fine!
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Old 12-07-2016, 02:27 PM   #6
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I used a marker and wrote drain 1 1/16", now I don't need to remember what size I need, marked on the inside of the water heater door.
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Old 12-07-2016, 02:32 PM   #7
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Yes, X8 on the 1-1/16" socket. Also, once I have it out, I brush the threads with a small wire brush to clean off the rust and debris before leaving it. When I start to reinsert the anode I wrap the threads with teflon tape which makes it easier to get it started straight. Holding up the far end of the rod while trying to get the threads started may increase your vocabulary, just do not have children or those easily offended close by.

Oh yes...DO release the water pressure BEFORE you unscrew the anode rod. Yes, you are correct on guessing how I know this. On the upside, the inside of the water tank was really clean after the pressure blowout! Oh boy...not so much my shirt!
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Oh yes...DO release the water pressure BEFORE you unscrew the anode rod. Yes, you are correct on guessing how I know this. On the upside, the inside of the water tank was really clean after the pressure blowout! Oh boy...not so much my shirt!
You know, I have that same shirt.

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DB,if you use a 6pt x1/2" drive socket and lay newspaper across the socket and push the A ROD head into the socket this will give you a tight fit, now insert a 6" 1/2" Drive extension and you have a long handle to avoid all the bad words! Youroo! !
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DB,if you use a 6pt x1/2" drive socket and lay newspaper across the socket and push the A ROD head into the socket this will give you a tight fit, now insert a 6" 1/2" Drive extension and you have a long handle to avoid all the bad words! Youroo! !
Well, MR. Smarty Pants, isn't that a good idea! I will definitely have to give that a try when winter is over in a couple of months. ( Texas...Pfffft) I can always depend on the sheer pin falling out of the rear stabilizer shaft to assist the vocabulary!

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I always use Italian, Slovak or Polish when dissecting or reassembling such things. Keep them guessing.
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I believe those shirts are called "drip dry, wash and wear".

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To help steady the anode while entering it in the nipple on the bottom of the WH, I filled up the inside of my socket with a piece of styrofoam leaving just enough space so that the bottom of the anode nut is flush with the end of the socket when you slip it on (works like a very shallow socket). I also use an old toothbrush to clean up the threads in the WH nipple prior to inserting it. You'd be surprised how much trouble a little bit of corrosion / debris can make in a taper fitting. Makes all the difference in the world when trying to reinsert the anode.
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Oh yes...DO release the water pressure BEFORE you unscrew the anode rod. Yes, you are correct on guessing how I know this. On the upside, the inside of the water tank was really clean after the pressure blowout! Oh boy...not so much my shirt!
Shirt? It blew that white crap 20'. All over the front of my garage and part of the house not to mention the anode rod hit me just below the elbow.
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Well Mike, I wasn't being completely truthful in saying my shirt was all that was effected. Seems the Class A in storage next to me won a free partial carwash and, while I didn't get hit by the anode, it did land about 4' from the water heater. I had to go find towels to clean the white crap off of the guys Class A, then start cleaning up myself. I wonder if he ever noticed how clean a 10'x10' spot on his rig was? Seems he moved spots about a month after that.... Actually it was for sale and he sold it, so it wasn't my free wash that caused him to move.
I do feel so much better after you other guys have fessed up to the same thing.
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Lol, had the same soggy shirt myself in October. About a week later while in the front yard I heard a whoosh followed by choice words. My neighbor was standing there anode in hand wearing the same attire.
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Yes, same shirt, pants, socks, and shoes! I called it my RV baptism.



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Anode Epidemic!

Perhaps this is a seasonal Fall epidemic? A lot of stories from so many RVers makes reading this forum so much fun! Saddened to know I wasn't original, but good to know I have a LOT of company on this little event.
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I've never had to use the pressure relief valve on my HWH. We only turn it on when we need it (mostly for dishes) so it's not in use all that much. The water is always nice and cool when I remove the anode.
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