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Old 09-01-2015, 11:04 PM   #1
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Drain for hot water heater

Has anyone replaced the nylon drain plug on the hot water heater with some kind of valve? I don't like leaving water sitting in it, and I have already worn the first plug out.
Part list and/or pictures would be awesome.

Thanks for any help!

Sorry about the bad title. Stupid iPhone likes to correct good words.
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Old 09-02-2015, 12:01 AM   #2
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Lots of us have.

I used a short pipe nipple, and attached a short braided hose used for a faucet water supply, then a 1/4 turn valve for a faucet.

Works great, only down side it takes a few extra minutes to drain.
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Old 09-02-2015, 12:40 AM   #3
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I just used the existing plug, drilled and threaded it, installed a wing nut valve. Works perfect with no leaks.. Cheap and easy to do..
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:34 AM   #4
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Lots of us have.

I used a short pipe nipple, and attached a short braided hose used for a faucet water supply, then a 1/4 turn valve for a faucet.

Works great, only down side it takes a few extra minutes to drain.
Exactly what I did. The nipple I used was a pvc like material, so not metal. Its nice to see that initial blast of brownish water shoot out each time I drain the WH. Side benefit is have (usually warm) water to rinse off hands after packing to leave.
I'm sure there are pictures in older thread.
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:43 AM   #5
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I just used the existing plug, drilled and threaded it, installed a wing nut valve. Works perfect with no leaks.. Cheap and easy to do..
I like your setup. Do you know what size wing nut valve you used?
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You can buy them pre-made...
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Old 09-02-2015, 08:15 AM   #7
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I have read threads that say not to use a brass drain valve that directly contacts the aluminum Atwood heater tank. Atwoods do not use an anode rod and placing a brass fitting that contacts the aluminum tank may cause the plug to act as a sacrificial element and cause corrosion to develop...or so the theory says.
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x2 -=-Switched out the plastic one for the brass one from CW. It has a turn out valve on the end similar to the drain [petcock] on the bottom of a radiator. Easy to open and drain and then twist shut by hand [no tools] and no leaks.
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I have read threads that say not to use a brass drain valve that directly contacts the aluminum Atwood heater tank. Atwoods do not use an anode rod and placing a brass fitting that contacts the aluminum tank may cause the plug to act as a sacrificial element and cause corrosion to develop...or so the theory says.
Did some digging...some people agree with you...others don't.

One post that disagreed pointed out that the relief valve is made of brass.

This page seems to show that it could be an issue
https://www.engineersedge.com/galvanic_capatability.htm
But noted that "plating and finishes" could prevent the issue.

This guy says he contacted Atwood and they said the brass plug was ok..
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What size is needed, 1/2 or 3/8" for 2016?
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