Removing anode rod from hot water heater

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Old 06-27-16, 10:16 PM
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Removing anode rod from hot water heater

I'm trying to remove the anode rod from my GE Hot Water Heater (GG40T06AVG01), however I can't fit the 1 1/16" socket over the bolt, because the bolt is recessed an there is plastic of some sort in the way on the sides. This plastic prevents the socket from even reaching the bolt head.

Does anyone have any experience with this type of set up? I tried ripping the plastic out, but it seems glued in there and may run under the bolt (hard to get a good look at the top of a water heater in a utility closet).

Any thoughts and hits would be appreciated.

--Stephen
 
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Old 06-29-16, 09:09 PM
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Turns out that plastic piece around it serves no obvious purpose. It just gets in the way. I removed it and now the socket sinks in nicely and grabs the bolt. Do I have the strength to undo the bolt... not tonight. =/

Posting in case it helps someone else.
 
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Old 06-29-16, 09:54 PM
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You may need some "help" on the ratchet. Be sure to use a quality ratchet so that it does not break. A long breaker bar is a good choice. You may also need a second person to hold the tank if the rod is really stuck good.


("help" would be a piece of pipe but I didn't say that)
 
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Old 06-30-16, 04:53 AM
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("help" would be a piece of pipe but I didn't say that)
That's what I call a persuader bar. I always have one nearby.
 
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I would try an electric or pneumatic impact wrench, much easier. Good luck
 
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Unfortunately, the breaker bar I borrowed doesn't fit the in the closet. I have a ratchet (being tested for quality by this project) and a pipe to make it longer. =) Insufficient strength, but I'm going to try when I'm not tired. =)

Thanks for the advice.
 
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Old 06-30-16, 08:56 AM
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Last time I did mine it took a considerable effort with my 1/2" drive impact gun.
 
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Finished this project a while ago. Bought an electric impact wrench and, man, did that tool make me look weak. It just pulled that anode rod right out of the hot water heater. It was definitely time for a new rod. Replaced it and everything is good to go. Thanks for the help and advice!
 
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