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Old 09-29-2012, 05:19 PM   #1
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Removing Water Heater Fittings

In preparation for winterizing my TT I purchased a water heater bypass kit. The kit requires removing the existing fittings on the water heater to attached the bypass kit fittings. I really I'm getting old and the orientation I'm in trying to loosen the existing fittings isn't ideal but with all the strength I could muster I couldn't budge the fittings on the heater.

I checking the threading on the fittings and they looking like standard threads that would loosen by turning counterclockwise. There is a warning label that says do not apply heat to the fittings so that isn't an option.

Before I really start looking at ways to get more leverage I'd like some input by knowledgable members hoping to avoid doing some expensive damage.

Below are a couple of pictures of the fittings. Any advise would be appreciated.



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Old 09-30-2012, 11:19 AM   #2
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You can use pliers on them, just don't force them. They are standard righty-tighty, lefty-loosy fittings.
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You can also use a plumbers basin wrench(usually used to install faucets) which has a long handle (good for leverage)
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I would be a little concerned given it is an aluminum tank really pulling hard on them....would it be easier to just leave them and purchase the necessary adapters?
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:39 PM   #5
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Buy a deep well socket to fit. That will put even pressure on the fitting.
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...would it be easier to just leave them and purchase the necessary adapters?
This is what I ended up doing.
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I removed one on another camper because it was loose and leaking. Instead of Teflon tape, they had used a gooey pipe sealer compound. I cleaned and replaced it with Teflon tape and had no more problems. It was not corroded.
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I removed one on another camper because it was loose and leaking. Instead of Teflon tape, they had used a gooey pipe sealer compound. I cleaned and replaced it with Teflon tape and had no more problems. It was not corroded.
Yea, they used the gooey stuff on mine also. I used teflon tape on the fittings I added. The bypass held up under pressure when I pumped the antifreeze through the system and I'll check for leaks when I purge the system in the Spring.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:56 PM   #9
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My 2010 Jayco came with a water heater bypass. I'm surprised your TT didn't.
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You can pick up a water heater bypass at most good RV parts stores... why try to reinvent the wheel?
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