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Old 01-15-2012, 02:49 PM   #1
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Any tips on removing anod rod? I have added a 7' pole on my breaker bar, still will not budge.

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Old 01-15-2012, 03:01 PM   #2
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Air impact tool.
What makes you think it needs to be changed?

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Old 01-15-2012, 03:01 PM   #3
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If you have access to an electric impact, or rent one maybe. Richard on This Old House makes it look easy.
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You’ll need to give it a little heat, Be very careful, how old is the tank? Gas or electric, may not be worth changing if the tank is over 5 years old. Anodes if you’re trying to extend the life of the tank should get changed when the tank is new every 4 years. And tanks need to be flushed once a year.
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Gas heater 2 years old, very bad smelling hot water. Just drained the tank 3 or 4 months ago.
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...drained the tank 3 or 4 months ago.
and what came out?

what sort of water do you have?
and is it especially hard or mineral laden?
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They make a anode rod that screws into the outlet just like changing a nipple. Just leave the old one alone
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Gas heater 2 years old, very bad smelling hot water. Just drained the tank 3 or 4 months ago.
on this old house Richard says every two years.
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Doug read this:
http://www.doityourself.com/forum/wa...hot-water.html

http://www.smellywater.com/

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Any tips on removing anod rod? I have added a 7' pole on my breaker bar, still will not budge.
You are just going to cause a leak in the sweat fittings atop the unit.

Get a 1-1/16" impact socket and an AC-powered impact tool. It will take 3 seconds to break it free.

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Old 01-27-2012, 03:26 PM   #11
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Just replaced my anode rod which was eaten up.

Thanks to you guys that recommended the impact wrench, couldn't have done it without that.

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