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Old 07-16-2014, 10:11 AM   #21
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Jeremy & Tim,

I had been told differently, but that info may have been wrong. Thanks for the clarification.
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Old 07-17-2014, 04:28 PM   #22
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Thanks all for the input. I also did not want to use a brass nipple. Instinct told me that since the original drain plug was nylon, to use the same material. I found some at a local supply house. Unfortunately, I had to buy a bag of 10 of them!!! But the price was right, and driving all over town would cost more than just being done with it. I used teflon tape on all threads. I like this mod - I really don't like water sitting in my tank for what could be weeks, and the quarter turn valve is a lot easier to open than removing the original plug.

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Old 07-17-2014, 08:29 PM   #23
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Owen, Nice job...I am going to love the fact that I did this mod. BTW it looks like your braided hose is cross-threaded in photo 3 or maybe its just one to many Labatt Blues !
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Old 07-17-2014, 09:29 PM   #24
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Owen, Nice job...I am going to love the fact that I did this mod. BTW it looks like your braided hose is cross-threaded in photo 3 or maybe its just one to many Labatt Blues !
Thanks! Nah - its not cross threaded, just a strange camera angle. I threaded the hose onto the fitting, and snugged it up in my bench vice. Only after the entire assembly was complete did I then thread the nipple into the drain.

To everyone else - would anyone be interested in one of these fittings? I have 9 extra. I could pick up some bubble envelopes, and send them out for whatever it costs me to ship to anyone else who wants to do this mod with a nylon fitting.
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Old 07-19-2014, 06:44 PM   #25
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I like your slide awning, I can get that corrugated plastic from work all the time. I thought about making tire covers or shades might be a better term out of it also.
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:59 PM   #26
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In my original post above, I included a photo showing a 1/4 turn valve that used compression connections on both ends:
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That particular valve leaked once the hot water tank achieves any pressure, either from city water connection, or heating the tank. I believe the cause is due to a groove in the ball portion of the valve that would not normally be exposed when the valve is installed normally. I am using this valve in reverse - using the smaller 3/8" as the input, rather than the 1/2" side.

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I still connected it to the 3/8" side, but the ball appears to be metal, does not have that groove, and does not seem to leak... at least, not in my limited test. Just thought I would mention the change in case anyone else plans to do this mod and was using my post as a "parts list".
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Old 08-10-2014, 11:05 PM   #27
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Great idea with the sewer hose and water heater. Love it thanks for the ideas
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