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Old 02-02-2012, 10:39 AM   #11
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All aluminum water heaters require plastic plugs and no anode rods. Atwood uses aluminum. Get 2 plugs when you buy one because it is always a good idea to have a spare because it is easy to ruin the threads. Probably a good idea to add new plug every year.
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:50 PM   #12
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Old 02-05-2012, 05:11 AM   #13
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Don't mix brass with aluminum as others have said. You'd be better off with a steel or stainless steel plug in a pinch. As others have stated, go to your local hardware store or home center and pick up a new nylon plug. You could probably use CPVC as it's rated for hot water use.

I used to work in a plant that made air con tubing and heater pipe for cars. They were so concerned about dissimilar metal issues that they wouldn't allow brass and aluminum fabrication operations to exist in the same building.
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:48 AM   #14
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You should use the plastic plug, as said above, because if you get it cross-threaded it shouldn't harm the tank when taking it out and replacing. Just go to your dealer and get a couple so you will have a spare. You do need the proper socket head or, as you have found, the head will be rounded off. If that happens, just get out your trusty vice-grips and use them to get the plug out, don't ask me how I know this.
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:59 AM   #15
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The socket size on mine (Atwood 6 gallon) is 15/16". I use a 1/2" ratchet with extension to reach it.
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Old 02-06-2012, 09:39 PM   #16
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The head of my plug was chewed up a bit from the jayco maintenance guy who did the initial check out of our rig. I couldn't get a socket on it. I took it off and trued up the sides of the head with a sander. Worked like a charm. I bought a new one to have on hand so when I de-winterize in the spring I can replace the old one.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:13 PM   #17
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Did anybody mention to get a plastic plug? The one in my tank was a bit mangled, so I hit the local Co-op hardware dept. and got a pack of two.
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:29 AM   #18
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I keep 1 extra plastic plug in the TT they are cheep
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I picked up an aluminum plug with the inner drain, so I didn't have to remove every time to drain at the plumbing supply. but end of year remove to winterize.
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:15 PM   #20
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I picked up an aluminum plug with the inner drain, so I didn't have to remove every time to drain at the plumbing supply. but end of year remove to winterize.
Where did you get a plug like that?
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