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Dick_B

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Posted: 08/12/19 09:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a new Dometic Water heater model G6A-8E-SP,gas only with spark ignition. The gas line into the Heater is much inline with the socket needed to install/remove the drain plug. I can still do it with a channel locks but it is more difficult and will eventually round off the hex head.
Anyone had this problem and solved it?
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I found something, not previously mentioned, that worked for me yesterday. It is CTA Tools, 2573, Low Profile 24 mm socket that was originally designed to remove oil filters, I think, but worked for me tightening up the drain plug once started by hand. It uses a 3/8 inch drive.

* This post was edited 08/15/19 07:07am by Dick_B *


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Posted: 08/12/19 09:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes the drain plug is right behind the gas line/gas valve
A socket can not be used unless you remove gas valve

Use a combination open/box end wrench over the top of gas valve

7/8" or 15/16" depending on plug vendor

Loosen with wrench then remove with fingers
Install finger tight then snug up with wrench


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Posted: 08/12/19 09:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I took my plug out completely and installed a 90 degree drain valve with a hose that is routed under the RV to drain.

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Posted: 08/12/19 10:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just picked up one of These Wrenches comes with 2 replacement plugs,what a deal and works great.


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Posted: 08/12/19 10:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All good responses and so quick.
Another example of the engineers not thinking past their nose...Kinda like the new automobile that costs $600 to remove the bumper to replace a headlight!

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Posted: 08/12/19 10:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use a standard socket and a wobble extension to get past the gas line.


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Maybe a crow's foot ?

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Posted: 08/12/19 02:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

fyrflie wrote:

I took my plug out completely and installed a 90 degree drain valve with a hose that is routed under the RV to drain.


Hope that hose is temp/pressure rated for above 210*F/150 psi

Temp/press that COULD be reached/exceeded should t-stats fail to shut down heating source

Drain hole is small to begin with (1/2")
Valve cuts that size down even more so effective draining of crud is hampered.

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I got one of these. It is a tilt-head ratcheting wrench. The head tilts to fit the angle of the plug, then ratchets so I don't have to remove it while using. Works like a champ. Be sure you buy the size that fits your plug. They do vary.

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Posted: 08/12/19 09:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My gas line has only a couple small screws to remove and the gas line is out of the way of the plug.

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