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Old 09-26-2018, 08:44 PM   #1
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Anyone have any advice on removing the plastic drain plug on a water heater? The person who put it in apparently thought it never needed to be removed. I could try channel-locks or vise-grips but I'm afraid of rounding it over.

Any info really appreciated..


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Old 09-26-2018, 08:46 PM   #2
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that's probably the ONLY way to do it
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Buy a new plug first then go at it and have fun!
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Old 09-26-2018, 08:57 PM   #4
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Funny..

LOL I was afraid the question didn't have a good answer. Guess I'll break out the channel-locks and vise-grips. After I buy a new plug, of course.
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Use a socket and a ratchet. That's what I use and have never rounded one out.
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Old 09-26-2018, 11:58 PM   #7
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Anyone have any advice on removing the plastic drain plug on a water heater? The person who put it in apparently thought it never needed to be removed. I could try channel-locks or vise-grips but I'm afraid of rounding it over.

Any info really appreciated..


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Use a 15/16 socket with an extension. You can get it on the plug coming up at an angle from below that annoying cross piece. I tried channel locks until I discovered there is room from under that crosspiece.
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Old 09-27-2018, 12:07 AM   #8
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I took mine out and put in a 1/2 x 3/8 reducer. Next a 9 braided faucet hose with a 3/8 ball valve on the end. Now when I want to drain it I swing the hose out and open the valve. Doesnt run all over the inside of the water heater that way.
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Old 09-27-2018, 02:45 AM   #9
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15/16 six point socket, and a short extension, and ratchet.
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Old 09-28-2018, 02:37 PM   #10
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Water Heater Drain

Thanks for all the advice, guys. The 15/16 socket and extension did the trick. I had to pry up that cross piece a bit (what were the engineers/designers thinking?)
I like pstandiford's idea of the reducer/ball valve/ short hose line. I think I'll give that a try.
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