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Old 11-11-2015, 07:58 AM   #29
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I put one of the plugs with the valve in last fall when I winterized. This fall when I tried to open it the valve would turn but would not open. Going back to a solid plug. Hope I can fine one in stainless but will use brass and nylon tape if not.

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I bought a boiler drain valve part #6851687 from Menards. Screwed it in. Now all I do is open the valve to drain the water heater.

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Old 11-11-2015, 03:29 PM   #31
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When I remove the plug, I get a full 3/4" diameter opening to help flush deposits from the bottom of the tank. With a ball valve, maybe 1/2" diameter opening (depending on manufacturer), with a gate valve even less. I think more effective flushing of the tank is worth the 30 seconds (or less) that it takes me to remove the plug with a 15/16" socket and extension on my wrench. If you're only in areas with soft water, then maybe not an issue.

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