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How To Replace A Cold Water Intake Line
Larry Taylor, Williamsburg, Ky.: “When the hot water stopped running in our house I was able to solve the problem without having to buy a new water heater by coming up with a way to replace the cold water intake line. Cold water runs through a plastic hose down to the bottom of the water heater and forces hot water to the top. Over time the chlorine eats up the hose and it deteriorates and breaks, and then drops down into the water heater and you can’t get it back out. I couldn’t find any company that replaces those plastic inserts. You can’t put copper in there because it’ll corrode.
  “To solve the problem I took a length of 1-in. dia. copper and flared the copper tubing at the top. Then I reamed out the end of a piece of 1/2-in. dia. pvc tubing and slid the copper tubing down into it. The flared top keeps the copper tubing from dropping down into the pvc tubing. Then I connected the cold water back up and the water heater worked as good as new again.”

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #6