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rgmcadoo
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Randy,

Thanks for the very quick response.

Heater is a tall model, ~60″, but being in the basement, the shorter rod gives me 2″ clearance to the sub-floor above when extended, so it’s not all that bad.

Interesting 2nd anode theory, but mine are both on the same side of the flue. I will go ahead and put Teflon tape on the hot nipple and see how I feel about messing with it when the time comes.

After reading the T&P section, I think I might have high pressure. The old heater T&P has dripped since 1990 installation – just kinda got used to it. I’ve already purchased a 1/4″NPT gauge I plan to put in the cold supply line – found it in the well section at Lowes – did not find one that would attach to a hose bib

So, a couple more questions, then:

1 – Reading the T&P info, I found your statement: “The tank comes charged with air to 40 psi, but should be charged to match your water pressure.” Let’s say my nominal pressure reads 50 psi, but when the heater kicks on it goes up to 90 psi; would I charge the tank to 50 or 90? Also, do those tanks have a Schraeder valve like a tire so I can charge it myself?

2 – Forgot to mention there is a 1/2″ deep dent (over large surface area) in the side of the new tank shell. I’m sure I did not dent it and it didn’t happen when they loaded it in my van since that side was up, so it probably was damaged in the store or earlier. I doubt the internal tank was damaged, as it has 2″ of insulation. What do you think – should I return it or just take a chance?

Thanks again,
Rod

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