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.)
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
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.