Replacing old water heater

Old 05-14-16, 11:19 PM
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Replacing old water heater

I have a 25 year old 40 gal water heater that finally rusted out. After wrestling with a stuck gate valve, I finally got it to close. I hooked a hose up to the drain **** - editors are apparently obsessed with a certain meaning of that word, certainly not the one intended here - at the bottom of the water heater. But can't budge any of the connections on top - the cold inlet or hot outlet. Any tricks to getting these loose?
A friend is bringing a new water heater tomorrow, so I want to get this one out soon.
Old 05-14-16, 11:45 PM
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If you haven't been routinely been draining your tank..... the drainc*ock may be clogged shut.

I don't usually reuse the fittings on the top of the tank. I'll take a pipe cutter and cut the hot and cold lines and then replace the fittings.
Old 05-15-16, 04:26 AM
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Agree with PJ. Those old valve will not be usable after 25 years. You'll want to get ball valves instead. Consider Sharkbite fittings and save yourself a lot of time.

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