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Old 12-04-2016, 03:37 PM   #21
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This may well be a threat protector sleeve that was left for posterity during the build. It may have fit the anode rod port or possibly a propane port.
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Old 12-04-2016, 04:11 PM   #22
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It came out of the pressure relief valve on water heater. Mine is still in place..
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Old 12-04-2016, 04:31 PM   #23
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Found same item in my water heater. It was seated in the hot water relief valve, just stuck up in there within the threaded area. Valved looks like a hose bib with relief lever that allows hot boiling water to escape. Or can allow air into top of tank when plug is removed to drain.
Often wondered why it was there.
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Old 12-04-2016, 08:16 PM   #24
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I have that same water heater, that is like a rubber foam seal around the pressure valve and the tank plug.

It is 1/4" or a little more thick and soft to the touch.
It's plastic.
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It's plastic.
What OP posted is indeed, but the seal on the tank is foam or rubber foam and there is no place for the plastic to fit.

After looking mine over I do not believe the plastic is related to the WH.
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What OP posted is indeed, but the seal on the tank is foam or rubber foam and there is no place for the plastic to fit.

After looking mine over I do not believe the plastic is related to the WH.
FI, if you look at the pics I posted previously, with the green arrow pointing right at it, you can see the lip of the red plastic sticking out of the Temp & Pressure Relief Valve

Here it is again, this time circled in green:
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FI, if you look at the pics I posted previously, with the green arrow pointing right at it, you can see the lip of the red plastic sticking out of the Temp & Pressure Relief Valve

Here it is again, this time circled in green:
Maybe you need to circle it in a few more colors?
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FI, if you look at the pics I posted previously, with the green arrow pointing right at it, you can see the lip of the red plastic sticking out of the Temp & Pressure Relief Valve

Here it is again, this time circled in green:
I did not notice that the second picture with the green arrow and red plastic had been added to the reply I quoted in full.

The plastic looks/looked to be to large to fit the pressure valve opening.

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While we're trying to identify plastic pieces found behind doors, here's one I found today....



And that's exactly where I found it. Comments? It was in the fridge vent.
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What OP posted is indeed, but the seal on the tank is foam or rubber foam and there is no place for the plastic to fit.Not referring to a piece of foam! It goes INSIDE the relief valve.
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While we're trying to identify plastic pieces found behind doors, here's one I found today....



And that's exactly where I found it. Comments? It was in the fridge vent.
Looks a bit smaller but what the hell they solved one may as well keep it going
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What OP posted is indeed, but the seal on the tank is foam or rubber foam and there is no place for the plastic to fit.Not referring to a piece of foam! It goes INSIDE the relief valve.
That's another thread protector. I'd bet it went on the end of the solenoid valve that the copper tube and nut are now attached to. The Amish guy pulled it off, screwed the coppertube/nut onto it, and the lunch whistle blew. (I'd check that the nut is tight! )
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Old 12-04-2016, 11:29 PM   #33
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By golly Ollie i think ya nailed it.
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Old 12-05-2016, 12:43 AM   #34
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I drained this same model water heater a couple of weeks ago. I didn't see any parts that looked like that.
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Old 12-05-2016, 02:19 PM   #35
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Found the same plastic piece in my hot water tank area but it got too close to the heat and melted so just threw it out . . .
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Had one laying inside door of our hot water heater too - tossed it!
I wonder if the guys that build em, read this stuff & laugh!
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Found the same thing with the water heater. Originally it was to protect the threads on the pressure relief valve. Mine fell out after I flipped the pressure relief valve when draining the WH.
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I drained this same model water heater a couple of weeks ago. I didn't see any parts that looked like that.
That's good. That means the Amish guy threw it away, like he was supposed to!
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Old 12-13-2016, 09:33 PM   #39
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That's good. That means the Amish guy threw it away, like he was supposed to!
It's the Elkhart Meth heads that leave them in.
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