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Old 03-15-2016, 05:42 PM   #1
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Water heater drain plug

Anyone know what size socket to use to unscrew your water heater drain plug? It's for a 2015 23D. Thanks
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Old 03-15-2016, 07:22 PM   #2
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15/16 open end fits mine. There is not room to get a socket on it. Gas line is too close.
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Old 03-15-2016, 08:01 PM   #3
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It is a plastic plug that easily gets scuffed up from use. It is a common "pipe fitting" available at your local hardware store. I replace mine every two years or so. My 15/16 open end wrench is what I use.

I think Rich Luhr's Guide to Airstream Maintenance is a great resource for us Airstream owners. He discusses this water heater plastic plug as well as maintaining the water heater burner. I found his booklet is a great reference. It is available at the Airstream Life store on line.

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Old 03-15-2016, 08:44 PM   #4
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Agree on the 15/16 size. I use an adjustable wrench to install/remove plastic plug. I always carry, in my emergency bag, a couple news plugs along with a roll of teflon tape, to wrap the threads to create a tighter waterproof seal.
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Old 03-15-2016, 08:50 PM   #5
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Thanks for the reply's amigos! I was scuffing the heck out of it myself trying to tighten it with a wrench.

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Old 03-16-2016, 11:51 AM   #6
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I have always been able to use my ratchet socket WITH a 6 inch extension. Fits in well and doesn't touch the gas line.
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Old 03-16-2016, 11:52 AM   #7
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alternate plug

Sorry I can't remember/credit the OP who used a flush brass plug.

http://goo.gl/wJjcZK

It's the bee's knees when you have a hex key drive and extension for your ratchet

http://goo.gl/xxD0B9

No more tight space/access problem
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Old 03-16-2016, 01:22 PM   #8
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I have found a short extension allows me to use the socket wrench. I keep a 3/8 drive extension with socket in the tool box and use an adjustable to turn the jig if I don't have the rat chest available.
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Old 03-16-2016, 01:35 PM   #9
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I have tightened and untightened mine with needle nosed pliers.


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Old 03-16-2016, 01:48 PM   #10
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There is a tool available at Camping World for this application.I have one.
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Water Heater Drain

Two 45 degree Street Ells and a ¼ turn Boiler Valve. Attach hose, drain into container.


No tools, no cross-threads, no spare plug, no spills, effortless...


BTW, If you worry that the dissimilar metals will ruin your tank, go Tale with the Old Wives, or replace first Street Ell with stainless nipple and then elbow...

This is a great "work-around" that can be configured to suit various conditions.
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Flush & drain....

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Question Needle nose pliers?

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I have tightened and untightened mine with needle nosed pliers.


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HOW???????
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Old 03-16-2016, 05:44 PM   #14
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15/16th.???
I've successfully NEEDED a 1" socket 6 point on an 8" extention to remove/install the plug.
It's a short socket that just clears the gas line.
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