How to Change a Water Heater Anode Rod | This Old House

This Old House plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey shows a simple way to add years to your water heater, by swapping out the sacrificial metal rod that prevents rust inside the tank. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)
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- steel pipe [https://amzn.to/2NQtUHC], used to provide extra leverage to ratchet wrench
- teflon tape [https://amzn.to/2HPb0Nt]
- garden hose [https://amzn.to/2HNkFEk], used to partially drain the water heater

Tools for How to Change a Water Heater Anode Rod:
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- ratchet wrench [https://amzn.to/2LuzZqd] and 1 1/16-inch deep socket [https://amzn.to/2PMmQOJ]

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