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Old 12-19-2015, 02:05 AM   #1
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Water heater plug...

Finally getting some trailer time this weekend.

A few weeks ago when the weather was cooler I emptied the water heater and used compressed air to blow all the lines out.

I guess I did a very poor job of putting the water heater plug back because when I hooked up tonight, it was spraying out water.

I tried to seat it better, but the threads on the nylon plug are stripped.

So for now I jammed it in as tight as I could which has minimized the leak to a drip, but it needs replacement.

Any clues on an upgraded plug at ace hardware or Home Depot? I'll be looking in the morning, but not really wanting another nylon plug...
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Old 12-19-2015, 05:17 AM   #2
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I would recommend staying with the nylon plug. They are not expensive so keeping a spare or two on hand is not a problem.

You do not want a metal plug as it will cause corrosion due to electrolysis when two dissimilar metals are in contact.

Obviously if yours is stripped it will need to be replaced. I always use Teflon thread tape when re-installing the plug.
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Old 12-19-2015, 05:29 AM   #3
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You can get a new plug at any Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware, etc. It's just a standard pipe thread (1/2" I think) and you'll usually find it in the plumbing section.
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Just a suggestion but I would stay with the Nylon plugs as previously mentioned.

Just think if it was the heater not the plug that was cross threaded or stripped that would be a MUCH bigger problem.
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I would recommend staying with the nylon plug. They are not expensive so keeping a spare or two on hand is not a problem.

You do not want a metal plug as it will cause corrosion due to electrolysis when two dissimilar metals are in contact.

Obviously if yours is stripped it will need to be replaced. I always use Teflon thread tape when re-installing the plug.
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Old 12-19-2015, 07:10 AM   #6
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X3 many reasons not to use a metal plug. Many cross thread them. Just be careful and if you ruin it, try another. It is a much worse problem to get a metal plug cross threaded and mess up the tank.
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This is what I did to my nylon plug, just so it's easy to drain.. Works 100% with no leaks.
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X3 many reasons not to use a metal plug. Many cross thread them. Just be careful and if you ruin it try another. It is a much worse problem to get a metal plug cross threaded and mess up the tank.
Do not agree and here is why. I purchased a brass plug with toggle valve AND CAREFULLY installed it so as to NOT cross thread it. Once installed there is no reason to remove it, as all you have to do to drain the unit is unscrew the toggle. I have used one of the readily available brass RV drain plugs for over 10 years on 3 TT's with out a single problem or issue. Use a nylon one if you think best, but be prepared to scrape your knuckles each time.
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I have a brass bushing in mine, with a short braided hose, with a 1/4 turn bathroom valve on the end. I never take the plug out anymore. Very easy to drain.

I spoke with the metallugist at work before I did it. He stated in this application it was not an issue. He told me why, just do not recall.
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Be glad it was nylon..if you had cross threaded a metal one you might be replacing the water heater..
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