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Old 10-30-2018, 05:22 PM   #1
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Removing Water Heater Plug

Is there some special tool for removing the plastic (nylon) water heater plug? It's almost impossible to reach with a crescent wrench large enough to remove it and I hate to chew it up with a pair of pliers. Mine is stuck tight enough it doesn't want to come out, and I need something like a spark plug wrench to slip over it and twist it out. Any ideas?
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Old 10-30-2018, 05:51 PM   #2
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Yeah, something like a spark plug wrench. On my 26BH it's a little tough to get at, but I'm able to get at it with a socket and extension on a ratchet. Just have to push a couple of wires out of the way a little.

I helped a friend winterize his motorhome recently, and noticed that the PO of his motorhome had replaced the nylon drain plug with a sort of a little faucet. Allows draining of the tank without any tools. One of these days I'm going to do a search on the net and see if I can find one.
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Old 10-30-2018, 05:54 PM   #3
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Is there some special tool for removing the plastic (nylon) water heater plug? It's almost impossible to reach with a crescent wrench large enough to remove it and I hate to chew it up with a pair of pliers. Mine is stuck tight enough it doesn't want to come out, and I need something like a spark plug wrench to slip over it and twist it out. Any ideas?
I use a basin wrench...no issues. Hand tighten when putting it back in than tighten with the basin wrench.

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Old 10-30-2018, 06:28 PM   #4
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One of these might be handy:

https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...%20and%20Parts
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Old 10-30-2018, 06:43 PM   #5
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I use this — socket wrench with a short extension. Perfect fit.
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Old 10-30-2018, 07:38 PM   #6
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This is what I ended up doing:



Ideally stay with a plastic fastener (or plug) when making a connection to the 'aluminum' tank's threads.

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I use a crows foot wrench, 1" or 15/16" fit mine. do not remember what one.

https://www.sears.com/craftsman-1-in...yABEgLXSPD_BwE
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I use this — socket wrench with a short extension. Perfect fit.
That's what I do as well. The extension clears the gas tube better, and that gas tube wiggles a little anyway.
I have socket u-joints at home, but don't carry them in the trailer, although they would work too.
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Is there some special tool for removing the plastic (nylon) water heater plug? It's almost impossible to reach with a crescent wrench large enough to remove it and I hate to chew it up with a pair of pliers. Mine is stuck tight enough it doesn't want to come out, and I need something like a spark plug wrench to slip over it and twist it out. Any ideas?
I use a 15/16" combination open end/box wrench. It's a long wrench so has enough leverage to loosen and tighten the plug.
I tighten and loosen using the box end so the corners don't get rounded and the open end when it's not as hard to turn. It's close quarters in there so it's not a fast process.
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I carry a 4 way lug wrench. One of them will fit that plug.

Now days, I carry a deep socket- extension-ratchet in the hatch next to the wh. and have a anode rod on my wh that's metal.


Hand start it cause if it cross threads its gone. Carry spares.
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