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Old 04-15-2015, 08:32 PM   #1
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Plastic plug for water heater teflon?

Does the plastic plug on the water heater that plugs the drain need to have teflon tape? I seem to remember you don't need teflon tape for plastic. But I would rather tape it and fill it, then not tape and have to drain it again to fix a potential leak.
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Old 04-15-2015, 08:37 PM   #2
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I taped mine, I cant hurt.
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Old 04-15-2015, 08:39 PM   #3
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That's what I was figuring, thanks.
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Old 04-15-2015, 09:22 PM   #4
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I have never taped mine and have not had any issues with it dripping. However, the brass "quick drain" plugs that I use during the summer months will leak without being taped.
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Old 04-15-2015, 09:30 PM   #5
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I discarded mine and made a small brass extension with an easy open valve. Purchase the parts from a plumbing store, then found out they are already available online for about the same cost. I taped it, tightened it and never have to remove it.
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Old 04-15-2015, 09:36 PM   #6
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I taped mine, I cant hurt.
Me too. Better safe than sorry.

I have a brass plug with a threaded drain valve from my last TT. Just haven't put it in yet. I'm waiting to see how much sediment accumulates before I restrict the drain hole with a smaller valve.
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My Father confirmed that he never taped his plastic plug and was fine. We'll see how it goes without it taped and if I notice it dripping I'll tape it up. Thanks all!
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I don't tape and have seen no leaks. But I do carry spares and wind up replacing them when they look a bit "chewed on".
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I used one of these on my last TT, but haven't installed it yet on my new Jayco. This avoided having to remove the plastic plug each time I got done camping and wasn't going out again for a few weeks. (The water gets skunky sitting in there, stagnant, and in the summer heat!)
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What ever you you use, Make sure you have a spare. I had a nylon plug blow out of my water heater once. Removing them causes wear so a replacement is cheap insurance.
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