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Old 11-08-2010, 11:07 PM   #1
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Atwood water heater drain plug

As you all know the drain plug on the attwood water heater is almost impossible to get because the gas line is right in front of it. What have any of you come up with as a solution to this problem of removing the drain plug. Regards nbm1oqrz
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:11 PM   #2
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I've been able to get an open end wrench in there to remove mine on a couple different Attwood water heaters.
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:38 PM   #3
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Attwood water heater

Thanks for the reply. I need to modify a socket and see if that will work
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:53 PM   #4
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i use a flex socket

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very easy to remove the plug this way...

RE inserting is done by hand,

then tightened with the drill/driver on low speed.

works fine.

the bit driver adapter could be turned with a T handle hex driver, or...

one could use the flex socket with long thin extension and regular ratchet too.

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Old 11-09-2010, 07:23 AM   #5
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We ditched the plug and installed a compact ball valve rated for this application. Draining is no longer an aggravation.

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After a few years of fighting with the plug I removed it, put a brass nipple in the hole, connected a 12" stainless supply line on that and put a cap on the end of the line. This works great although I like the idea of the ball valve as well
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I replaced it with a radiator pet cock.
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:29 AM   #8
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We ditched the plug and installed a compact ball valve rated for this application. Draining is no longer an aggravation.

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That's a great idea.... on the list for next year.
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:14 AM   #9
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I used to battle with it also, but I use the lug nut wrench from my truck. I have one of thoes wrenches with 4 different sockets on a cross that you use to take lug nuts off. One of them is the same size as the water heater plug. And for me, it fits right up there.

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Slip lock pliers have worked just fine for me for 10 years.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:09 AM   #11
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:15 AM   #12
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Small crescent wrench works for me. I do like the idea of the ball valve though and will look into one.
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I believe it was part number 4112T63 from www.mcmastercarr.com
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Old 11-09-2010, 11:17 AM   #14
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High pressure PVC pipe fitting with 45 degree angle fitting then 1/2 turn ball valve.

1/2 twist to drain, 1/2 twist to close.

Fits inside cover nicely, drains where I aim it (not on my foot).
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