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Old 09-27-2007, 10:04 AM   #1
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change water heater, need change gas flex connector?


Just wondering gas connector/adapters can be reused. It has been
used for 10 years and is made of stainless steel (looks like it).

If it can be reused, how do you clean up the old dope for one of the
adapters before putting it on the new water heater?

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Old 09-27-2007, 10:39 AM   #2
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change water heater, need change gas flex connector?


I'm not a pro plumber, just a long-time DIYer, but I don't know why you cannot use existing connectors if they aren't damaged. You should be able to clean the old dry pipe dope off of the threads with a wire brush. Use fresh pipe dope and/or teflon tape made for gas (yellow), and tighten the connections well. Test the connections with soapy water for leaks.
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Old 09-27-2007, 11:38 AM   #3
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change water heater, need change gas flex connector?


Thanks Mike. for the tip.

Since it is female thread, I am thinking using a small
brush to clean it. I was thinking using paint thinner
to clean it, but not sure if the dope is solvable. I may
give it a try anyway.

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I'm not a pro plumber, just a long-time DIYer, but I don't know why you cannot use existing connectors if they aren't damaged. You should be able to clean the old dry pipe dope off of the threads with a wire brush. Use fresh pipe dope and/or teflon tape made for gas (yellow), and tighten the connections well. Test the connections with soapy water for leaks.
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