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Old 06-18-2016, 07:41 AM   #11
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Nice work.. now I know who to go visit when my RV needs a big mod... ;-))
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Old 06-27-2016, 08:39 PM   #12
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snip....... it was recommend (called a couple sources) not to use any dope or tape with the aluminum/stainless steel HWH components......, my leak test will prove this theory out Bob
Just a follow-up, performed the leak test today and it failed at the heating element threads.

Removed the element (easy this time) then went around the course element threads twice with some 'grey' teflon tape and added a little dope....... passed the leak test this time.

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Wow that was a lots of work to fix something that wasnt broken LOL :-) Just kidding , good job
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Thanks for showing this to us. The old element did ok if it hung in there for 11 years. I guess it also depends on the amount of calcium in the water. I know where I live it doesn't take long for the elements in kettles to get deposits on them. Does the element live near the bottom of the tank. Wonder if a yearly bath in vinegar or CLR would help maintain a longer life for it.
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"Long story short, I had to remove the entire HWH......., wish I would have taken some pics before the removal, but I was on the verge of throwing things so having an expensive camera in hand might not have been a good idea"

I would have paid good money to see Rustic Eagle throwing a camera or water heater....
Nambarc said he will trow in a 20 dollar bill as well.
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snip....... Does the element live near the bottom of the tank. Wonder if a yearly bath in vinegar or CLR would help maintain a longer life for it.
Yes, the element is near the bottom of the tank. I gave my tank a good 'power flush' annually, may have contributed to the life of the original element.

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snip...... Nambarc said he will trow in a 20 dollar bill as well.
I'll remember that when I start another project

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