Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Plumbing

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-15-2011, 08:38 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10
Question

Dropped Drill Bit into Hot Water Tank


So I was trying insert a Tank Saver anode rod through the Hot water outlet and I encountered a lip at the bottom of the threads that the anode wouldn't slip past. After contacting the anode manufacturer I determined that I needed a 29/32" drill bit to properly widen the opening. I didn't have one and it was too late on a Friday to go find one, so I tried using a 7/8" and just kept rotating it around the lip evenly. Well, in the process of doing that, the bit came loose from the drill and fell into the hot water heater. So now the question is, what damage will that cause if any? Will it just slowly rust away over time? Will it eat a hole in the glass lining? Will it affect the water (taste or chunks of rust)?

Do I just leave it alone or turn the tank upside down and shake it til it comes out (just kidding... i hope)?

sillyrabbit71 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2011, 08:57 PM   #2
Member
 
biggles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Long Island
Posts: 3,630
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Dropped Drill Bit into Hot Water Tank


empty the tank remove the drain off and with a strong magnet you catch the bit........OR..... drain it and remove the cold line or the rod and tie a magnet to a string and go fishing the tank is fiberglass so the bit should be easy to snag... don't know what the gas valve thermostat probe is made of keep that in mind

biggles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2011, 10:40 PM   #3
JOATMON
 
ddawg16's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: S. California
Posts: 7,487
Rewards Points: 2,316
Default

Dropped Drill Bit into Hot Water Tank


Attach a magnet to a stick.

The tank is going to be concave at the bottom...drill bit most likely landed there.....should be pretty easy to get out.

Not that it would do any damage....I just wouldn't want to waste a good drill bit.
ddawg16 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
damage, drill bit, hot water heater, rust, water tank


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Solar hot water indatom123 Green Home Improvement 0 12-19-2010 12:01 AM
Can I use existing hot water tank for radiant floor? Red Squirrel HVAC 4 12-14-2010 06:31 PM
water heater drip kdange1 Plumbing 5 05-04-2010 03:24 PM
Water tank problems chapmanm02 Plumbing 5 04-29-2009 07:11 AM
(Water Heater MYSTERY) Hot water out from dead tank with cold water in it? Inayity Plumbing 6 07-14-2008 08:36 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.