Originally Posted by Sunline1
About how tight is the "Stock", plastic type, Water heater plug supposed to be when you tighten it ?
Reason I ask, I just drained my water heater, and am now sanitizing the H2O system. I had a little difficulty removing the plug. Actually had to use a regular 7/8 in wrench as opposed to the adjustable I usually use.
If you have used your WH over the season, the heating and cooling cycles of it may actually tighten up that joint a bit.
Mine does exactly the same thing. For convenience of reaching the plug, I use a 7/8" socket and 6" extender to remove and install the plug every year.
I remove all the old teflon tape from the plug and fitting, and leave the plug in place but very loose for the winter. Enough to keep bugs out but loose enough to let any water that wants to exit the WH out.
In the spring I use fresh teflon tape on the plug and then run it in hand tight. A quarter to a half turn with the wrench should then tighten it up enough to prevent any leaks.
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