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Old 09-10-2015, 10:20 PM   #1
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Anode Rod Replacement

The Brad Bug is biting hard...........not really, just a simple task that's bugging me. I replaced the anode rod getting ready for our upcoming trip, and I can't stop the slow leak around the threads. If you read google posts, some say to use teflon tape, others say not, some say pipe dope, others nothing at all. It is down to a slow drip, drip now, is it possible that it will stop when i turn the power on and the water and the rest of the heater are up to temperature. I've done this two or three times, but have not had a leak before. Anyone else have this problem?

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Old 09-10-2015, 10:38 PM   #2
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Teflon tape or pipe dope are both acceptable. Metal on metal will always leak in that situation.
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Old 09-11-2015, 12:57 AM   #3
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I always use Teflon tape.
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Old 09-11-2015, 01:17 AM   #4
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Teflon tape for me also... Not a problem in 25+ years of using it..
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Old 09-11-2015, 01:24 AM   #5
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Same here, always use Teflon tape.
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Old 09-11-2015, 01:47 AM   #6
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Yep, Teflon Tape, must less messy the pipe dope.
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I have always used Teflon tape also......
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Old 09-11-2015, 03:09 AM   #8
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Jim,

Thats where I store my teflon tape, just inside the door of the HW heater.

This tank sure eats rods though - jee zoots
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Old 09-11-2015, 04:19 AM   #9
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Get a water softener!! Owned RW & softener coming up on 3 years & only replaced rod twice & the second would've lasted longer. So at $20 a rod it won't take long to pay for a softener.
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Old 09-11-2015, 04:23 AM   #10
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If we used ours a lot - I would, but everything I do needs to be drained and dried and put away before the work week begins again - a water softener isn't in the cards. Heck, I just put in storage and felt guilty I didn't winterize the RVs as we are not far from that time of year. I'll have to return over a weekend and do that by October.
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