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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Plumbing.

In this Badge Bit, you will replace a water heater anode.  (Note that this BB is part of a 6-part choose your own adventure list BB called the Tiny List. You must complete six Badge Bits in the Tiny List.)


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Some related articles
  - How to Replace an Anode Rod
  - How to Replace an Anode Rod in a Hot Water Heater
  - Replacing an Anode Rod to Prevent Rust and Solve Odor Problems
  - Extend the Life of Your Water Heater by Replacing the Anode Rod







To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - replace the anode in the water heater

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - a picture of you removing the old anode rod from the water heater
   - a picture of you inserting the new anode rode into the water heater
   - OR a 2-minute video of you doing this
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Just in time apparently...
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My badge bit submission for replacing a water heater anode. This is for the RV trailer that we currently live in full time while seeking land.
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Removing old degraded anode
Removing old degraded anode
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Installing new anode
Installing new anode
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Changing the anode rod on the water heater at our new house.  Our water was a little smelly when we turned the temperature down for child safety so this is the Zinc Aluminum type.

Also I didn't know if it would be the linked version or the solid bar version, so I had the saws on hand to do some cutting.  Luckily I didn't have to use them.

There are more pics here from my drain job if needed: https://permies.com/p/1291100
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Tools
Tools
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Unscrewing the rod with my torque wrench
Unscrewing the rod with my torque wrench
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Removing it.. luckily it's linked
Removing it.. luckily it's linked
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Side by side
Side by side
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Putting the new one in
Putting the new one in
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I finally got around to doing this job today.  Some learnings:

1.  Only drain a bit of water out of the water heater so its weight help resist your torque as you loosen the anode rod.
2.  Drain a bit more water out than you think.  When I put in the new (slightly bigger) rod, it pushed some water up out of the hole and made a mess.
3.  My new anode rod was 4" longer so I cut it off with a hacksaw in case it would be too long and be a pain in my backside.
4.  The anode rod was hidden below a cap on the water heater and then 3-4" of foam.  I had to cut out the foam with a steak knife.  I made a nice cylinder out of it so I could drop it back in afterwards.
5.  After 7 years of use, the anode rod was probably 75-80% still intact (surprisingly).  So I guess this next one may go 15 years before I change it.
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Poking around to find the anode rod
Poking around to find the anode rod
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Loosening it
Loosening it
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Old rod
Old rod
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New in my hand
New in my hand
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New rod installed
New rod installed
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Covered back up
Covered back up
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