Good Evening Dex,
I can not get the water anode out
I kept reading about something called an anode rod. When I finally got around to investigating this, I discovered that there was no way I could dislodge it because it was rusted. I had no strength to turn a wrench and I thought it was stuck forever and I had ruined whatever it was attached to. ( I still have a lot to learn about fiberglass rv's.) First things first. I sprayed it with WD 40 and let it set for a while. Wouldn't budge! Then I thought about the big wrenches I see for tractors. Off to Tractor Supply I went after drawing an outline of the top of the anode rod so they could hopefully help me find some tool that I could attach and then turn the anode rod. I bought a folding ratchet wrench about 29 inches long with 3" attachment that would fit on the head of the anode rod. My excitement was growing! Would I succeed in getting that pesky little anode rod out? Because of the leverage of the folding ratchet wrench it only took one push to loosen the rod. I was so happy I hadn't ruined it. Carefully, I unscrewed it then by hand and very carefully wiped the wd 40 from the threads?? so it wouldn't contaminate the water tank. The new anode rod has to be level so that it will thread correctly. Be careful not to overtighten so as not to strip the threads. If threads are stripped, I was told that a new water heater is the only option. I hope this tale helps others figure out how to extract the anode rod from their water tank.
My post in reference to the anode rod, was more for the "girls" who might need that first step in the now that I have found out where it is what do I do category. In no way was it meant to insult Dex's intelligence that he couldn't figure out how to remove it. I have learned and continue to learn so much because others are so willing to share their knowledge and solutions of the path taken before. Some topics that might seem insignificant and not worth commenting on have been invaluable to me as I strive to take the best care of my little rv that I can. I have even replaced the 7 pin plug which was a comedy in itself but that is a topic and story for another day. Newbies out there - YOU CAN DO IT! Just ask the forum members!
Edited by Txjenny, 01 April 2011 - 07:31 PM.