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Old 02-23-2017, 07:56 AM   #1
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I'm new to maintaining a travel trailer (Casita) and am having problems getting the anode to thread back into the hot water heater (suburban). I put Teflon tape on it but don't know what else to try. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Old 02-23-2017, 11:08 AM   #2
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Ann, the anode in the Suburban seems to have a slight upward angle that can be hard to start with your hand given the available clearance. Stuff some paper towel into the socket you used to remove it so that the anode can be held in the socket with its threads exposed. Using an extension on the socket like a screwdriver, you should be able to start it at the correct angle.
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Old 02-23-2017, 11:09 AM   #3
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Because of the weight of the anode it wants to angle down when you are threading it back in. Try pointing it up when threading it in.
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Stuff some paper towel into the socket you used to remove it so that the anode can be held in the socket with its threads exposed.
Or, if in Canada, fill the socket with loonies and toonies.
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As a Plumber I know if you have used too much teflon tape on the very end of the threads you will have trouble starting it.
You need to wrap the tape clock-wise onto the threads about 4 complete turns leaving the starter threads with none then on the 5 turn cover then starter threads .
When you do get it started this will hold the tape in place and will as it makes in will get to the thicker taped area and make the seal.
It can be a bugger to get the right angle but you will get it.
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You need to wrap the tape clock-wise .
I wrap counter clock-wise so that the end of the tape doesn't unravel. Why do you say clock-wise?
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I wrap counter clock-wise so that the end of the tape doesn't unravel. Why do you say clock-wise?
Glenn, I think it all depends how you hold the anode in your hand while wrapping. If you look at the anode from the outside end, then you would wrap counter-clockwise, but if you are looking at the piece from the "inside", you would wrap it clock-wise.

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Because of the weight of the anode it wants to angle down when you are threading it back in. Try pointing it up when threading it in.
thank you. I didn't realize that. I'll try.
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This is all such useful information! This forum is really helpful to me.
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Good news When i got home I tried again to insert the anode trying the upward slant. I worked perfectly! Thank you so much.
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I try so hard not to make typos. Guess I need new glasses. LOL
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I wrap counter clock-wise so that the end of the tape doesn't unravel. Why do you say clock-wise?
Thanks Dave B for answering this for me and I guess I should have clearafied...
Hold the item in left hand... In right hand hold tape roll so tape will come off top of roll.... Wrape onto threads sticking out of the left hand between first finger and thumb over the top and around the theads.

I was looking at it from inside the TANK.....that's me always tanked.
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Thanks Dave B for answering this for me and I guess I should have clearafied...
Hold the item in left hand... In right hand hold tape roll so tape will come off top of roll.... Wrape onto threads sticking out of the left hand between first finger and thumb over the top and around the theads.

I was looking at it from inside the TANK.....that's me always tanked.:loltu
This left/right logic reminds me of confusion on left and right on implements that people don't ride on so the driver and passenger notation are not appropriate. 45 years ago, a truck driver taught me that you call it left or right like you were standing behind it. Except for a manure spreader. Why I asked? "Because you never want to stand behind a manure spreader he said." I never screwed up again.
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I try so hard not to make typos. Guess I need new glasses. LOL
Glad you got it and do not worry about your typos, look at some of my spelling

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