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Posted: 01/04/20 08:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My plastic plugs from the Amazon link arrived Thurs afternoon
Installed a new plug today
No more leak,


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I apologize that I have not read all the responses so if I duplicate others it is not on purpose.

I have winterized my various RV's for 30 years but not until 3 years ago did I do so by compressed air. I bought a $100 butterbean compressor, which has held up well. I just attach it to the water inlet, empty the water heater by removing the plug, bypass the water heater and set the compressor on 65 psi. I run the compressor as I turn on each water outlet on, one at a time and let it stay open until there is no water present. This includes the washing machine. Only pour the pink stuff into each drain trap and a small amount in the washing machine to run it through the drain pump.

I have a domestic refrigerator and have to disconnect and drain the ice maker line.

This is easier, cheaper and quicker than the old method with the pink stuff.

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mikestock wrote:

I apologize that I have not read all the responses so if I duplicate others it is not on purpose.

I have winterized my various RV's for 30 years but not until 3 years ago did I do so by compressed air. I bought a $100 butterbean compressor, which has held up well. I just attach it to the water inlet, empty the water heater by removing the plug, bypass the water heater and set the compressor on 65 psi. I run the compressor as I turn on each water outlet on, one at a time and let it stay open until there is no water present. This includes the washing machine. Only pour the pink stuff into each drain trap and a small amount in the washing machine to run it through the drain pump.

I have a domestic refrigerator and have to disconnect and drain the ice maker line.

This is easier, cheaper and quicker than the old method with the pink stuff.


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MrWizard wrote:

My plastic plugs from the Amazon link arrived Thurs afternoon
Installed a new plug today
No more leak,


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Simple and inexpensive leak fix without the need to "reinvent the wheel".

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True
But access on mine is a PITA
Can't use a socket because of the gas line being in the way, passing in front of the plug, available socket was too deep to fit in the space
Open end wrench won't fit straight on the plug because of the exhaust cover of the wh is In the way
Have to remove the exhaust cover (one small screw)
Then an open end 7/8 wrench can be used,
I could not find a 7/8 box end wrench in my tool box
An offset box wrench would have been the best tool for the job
And I needed 2 wraps of Teflon tape to get a full seal
Tried without the Teflon , and it leaked, less then old plug, but leaked

* This post was edited 01/05/20 08:57pm by MrWizard *

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Larry CAd wrote:

Yeah, probably shoulda read the other responses.


That's what I said. Copied and posted to the wrong thread, accidentally.

* This post was edited 01/12/20 07:04pm by mikestock *

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BFL13 wrote:

We just had a thread on that, where ISTR the pros said it was a bad idea due to brass and aluminum issues.


The rear of my Atwood GE16EXT hot water heater has brass fittings into the aluminium tank. No problems since 2007.


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