Using air tools on a water heater

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    ac
    Participant

    One day I saw a show on “how water heater were made.” Believe it or not, the tools that were used to put the water heaters together were pneumatic air tools.

    After I saw them using air tools, I tried it. I was very surprised, it works.

    I never had an issue with breaking something. I was just wondering if anyone else have used air tools to remove parts from their water heater?

    #20743
    Randy Schuyler
    Keymaster

    You can use an impact wrench to break loose an anode rod. But if you don’t stop there, the anode will fly around the inside of the tank from the centrifugal force and might damage something or wrap around something. I have a very ugly picture where somebody did this. Only break it loose; then take it out the rest of the way by hand.

    Randy Schuyler

    #20745
    ac
    Participant

    Thanks Randy for letting me know other people have done this. An air tool in some cases was to the only way to remove an old part.

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