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Old 11-24-2013, 04:21 PM   #1
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Plug for water heater

After draining the hot water heater do you keep the plug out for the winter or put back in place. Thanks
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Old 11-24-2013, 04:25 PM   #2
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After draining the hot water heater do you keep the plug out for the winter or put back in place. Thanks
Leave it out. I put mine in the tub with all my tools so I know where it is in the Spring.
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After draining the hot water heater do you keep the plug out for the winter or put back in place. Thanks
Leave plug in place to avoid insect crawling inside.
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Old 11-24-2013, 04:32 PM   #4
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Well there's your definitive answer :-)
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Old 11-24-2013, 04:36 PM   #5
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Got a petcock and leave it open...


Used to drain and stuff a scotch pad in the hole.

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Old 11-24-2013, 04:41 PM   #6
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While you have it out and are thinking about it, buy a couple of spare plugs. My local ACE sells them for around $1 each. I cross threaded plug on mine once and had to go buy a spare. I bought two and had one in the trailer. A few months later a very nice elderly couple pulled in late one evening in a nice motor coach. Their first time out for the year. After he hooked up water poured out of his water heater plug. He had over tightened it the previous fall when he drained it and it had cracked. I had a spare, fixed it for him, saving him a long drive to the nearest town to try and find one plus I made a friend.
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Got a petcock and leave it open...


Used to drain and stuff a scotch pad in the hole.

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This solution, again.

No tools or fighting to get the plug back in.

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Old 11-25-2013, 08:02 AM   #8
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Thanks to all for the info. I will place the plug back in because of the potential of insects getting into the it, however I like what Bob and JD showed in the picture and just wondering where one can purchase it.

Again thanks

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This is my solution

I bought one of these at McMaster.

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Thanks to all for the info. I will place the plug back in because of the potential of insects getting into the it, however I like what Bob and JD showed in the picture and just wondering where one can purchase it.

Again thanks

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The above solution is interesting from McMaster. Is there a link, it can be a maze searching the site.

THIS??
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We switched to a valve several years ago. Quick to drain and no plug to store. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f445...tml#post915532
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Leave plug in place to avoid insect crawling inside.
Ditto, plus I find that things like this get lost over the winter. Really lost.
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I read somewhere that it is always a good idea to replace the plug to the water heater to prevent the threads from rusting. I always do but the idea of adding the petcock makes a lot of sense. I will add this to my list of projects for next season.
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