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Old 02-23-2015, 02:24 PM   #1
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Supplies needed on-hand for current model water heater replacement?

I've got a new water heater being delivered tomorrow (Atwood 6 gallon XT model), and I plan to install it myself, replacing our current Atwood on-demand unit. Before I get into the removal and replacement, I'd like to purchase everything I'm likely to need. Other than tools and teflon tape, what should I pick up in order to be prepared?

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Old 02-23-2015, 10:02 PM   #2
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Tubing bending tools may be needed to get gas line to line up right. Patience always. Sealants for the flange.


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Old 02-23-2015, 11:06 PM   #3
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I always like butyl tape for the seal between the water heater and the exterior metal.
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Old 02-25-2015, 01:23 AM   #4
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Good calls on the above, thank you. Turns out I need some pex tubing as well; there isn't enough to get where I need to go for the cold water hookup. The gas tubing also has to be re-bent pretty extensively, since the new one connects street-side while the old one connects on the inside; don't know yet if I'll do all that bending, or just cut it and replace with some flexible gas line.
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Old 02-25-2015, 01:26 AM   #5
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Flex will not do well in a vehicle. It breaks. There's a reason AS uses copper with flare fittings.

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Flex pipe is not to be used in an RV. Stick with flare copper lines.
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Old 02-25-2015, 09:26 AM   #7
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Buy a brass plug for the flare fitting on the gas supply line. If you run into a problem with the replacement, and do not finish in a day, you can still use the gas to cook and heat your rig.
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