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albow

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trailrider wrote:

Go to the hardware store and buy a "sprinkler riser removal tool." I have removed several with one of these, works perfect.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/1-2-in-and-3........Plastic-Nipple-Extractor-26076/100203404
Thanks. I'll give it a shot.


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DancinCampers wrote:

I had one break off on my previous coach. I used a pocket knife to lift up an edge, then needle nose pliers to twist it out.
Not enough to grab even if I made a piece loose like you suggest. Thanks

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#1Flyboy wrote:

If the remaining threads are of plastic or nylon, you could heat up a screwdriver head & melt a grove/ slot in the material. Then cool down the screwdriver head & unscrew the remainder…A picture of your problem would be helpful….
Essentially what I did with the drill. I had plenty of traction. Enough to break my file.

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Thanks everybody. I'm going to give the first suggestion a shot.

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trailrider wrote:

Go to the hardware store and buy a "sprinkler riser removal tool." I have removed several with one of these, works perfect.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/1-2-in-and-3........Plastic-Nipple-Extractor-26076/100203404


Excellent suggestion! If that doesn't work, melting it out might work, and I wouldn't worry about any getting inside.


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I replaced the plug with a st. ell, then a ball valve. Makes if easy to drain the tank.

I looked and see I didn't use a st. ell, there was room for the ball valve plus a brass garden hose adapter straight from the tank.

* This post was edited 10/11/21 05:37pm by Dusty R *

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As I recall talking with Attwood you want to ONLY use the nylon plug. It is also used as a safety device designed to blow out if pressure gets too high. I know that's what the pressure relief valve is for. Just say that's what I heard for an Atwood rep.


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I carry a set of easy-outs in my tool box just for this purpose. Picked up at Harbor Freight a few years ago when my heater plug split. needed again today when the replacement plug split. The Camco plugs last a couple of years then its easy-out time again. [emoticon]


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Not sure if you could get a hacksaw blade or simmiler inside there, but on old metal drain pipes you used to cut it from the inside out to the threads, in like 4 spots then it just falls out. You need to use like a keyhole saw one. Not a full hacksaw.


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trailrider wrote:

Go to the hardware store and buy a "sprinkler riser removal tool." I have removed several with one of these, works perfect.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/1-2-in-and-3........Plastic-Nipple-Extractor-26076/100203404
Well, that didn't work. It sure gripped but I couldn't turn it. I'm going to get my stronger neighbor to give it a go and then try something else. I wonder if it's because it's nylon and the sprinkler heads are maybe pvc?

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