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Old 09-09-2014, 06:02 PM   #1
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Rubber heater plug??

Hi all:
I just purchased my new (to me) 1977 Argosy Minuet 6.0. Not many here in Alberta. So of my many questions, this one tops the list, as it's snowing in Alberta. The drain plug on the heater appears to be a rubber expansion plug that's seen better days. I have 2 problems: I don't know where to get a replacement, and if I attempt to remove it, it may very well disintegrate.
'Course another winter may remove it for me. Anyone else experienced this problem? Thanks
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:13 PM   #2
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That is a standard plug for a 1/2 inch pipe. Go to any hardware store and you can get a brass one that will last longer than the plastic one.

Here is a link to the original plastic part on Amazon:

Amazon.com: Atwood (91857) 1/2" Drain Plug Kit, (Pack of 2): Automotive
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:14 PM   #3
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Oh, and my condolences about the early snow!

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So what you're saying is that inside there somewhere should be threads?
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So what you're saying is that inside there somewhere should be threads?
There should be. I am assuming that you have an Atwood water heater?

Can you post a picture of the plug as it appears in the heater unit?
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Does it look like either one of these:
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Looks like the bottom one. I'll try to get a picture
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Looks like the bottom one. I'll try to get a picture
Pull the plug and then get a replacement at any hardware store. If there are threads, then get the 1/2 inch plug in the top picture (it will be more secure than the compression plug you currently have.)

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Old 09-09-2014, 08:04 PM   #9
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Thanks:
Still snowing tonight! I'll head to town tomorrow.
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I removed the original plug and installed a boiler cock. Now it's just a matter of turning the handle to drain the water heater.


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Reviving an old thread. What to do after breaking off old plug? It was old and cold, just like me, and broke, just like me. Peace, jim
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Jim, See if you can screw a large screw into it. Then try to work it out.
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Okay, I'll try that. Jim
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