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  1. By the way, here are pictures of the rod removed...

    By the way, here are pictures of the rod removed from the 8-year old tank.

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  2. Got it, thanks. And I thought you had to blow...

    Got it, thanks. And I thought you had to blow into the vests on the airplanes to inflate them. Isn't that what they show you on the safety video?
  3. Thanks for the ideas. I'm definitely going to...

    Thanks for the ideas. I'm definitely going to look into the pan the next time the heater is swapped out. There is a drainage pipe and when I used the valve on the side of the tank to bleed out the...
  4. Thanks for your post. Yes, I knew they made the...

    Thanks for your post. Yes, I knew they made the segmented version of the rod but I have enough clearance up above so I did not need to buy the segmented version.

    Question is how long will the...
  5. Update

    An update from OP:

    Finally got around to work on this again yesterday. With a little more will power (and muscle), I was able to slip off the rubber seal that connects the blower unit to the 3"...
  6. OK, I plan on using an impact wrench (as I...

    OK, I plan on using an impact wrench (as I understand that is how the anode rods are installed from the factory). I just need a step-by-step on which pipe to desolder or remove... can anyone walk...
  7. Appreciate your view and the caveats. And...

    Appreciate your view and the caveats.



    And all along, I've been under the impression that replacing the anode rod is a maintenance item that would prolong the life of a heater. Do you think...
  8. Thank you; you're right that going the sharkbite...

    Thank you; you're right that going the sharkbite route would be additional investment. I'm open to learning how to solder. Based on the pictures of the hot and cold sides, would you apply heat to...
  9. Not being in the trade, I had to search for what...

    Not being in the trade, I had to search for what a sharkbite fitting is. I think it's a good suggestion because it would allow for future accessibility to the top of the heater (in case I need to...
  10. The blower normally sits flush on top of the...

    The blower normally sits flush on top of the heater and covers the anode rod opening. If I understand your question correctly, the blower is attached to the top of the heater by four screws. The...
  11. Removing Blower to Change Anode on A.O. Smith Powershot 50 100

    I ordered a new aluminum anode for my 8 year old A.O. Smith Powershot 50 100 and hoped to change it yesterday. I unscrewed the 4 screws on top attaching the blower unit to the heater, removed the...
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