Element is STUCK!


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Old 04-16-11, 06:12 PM
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Element is STUCK!

I'm trying to replace my water heater element. I have the "element wrench" (what a joke). The element wrench barely grabs the top of the element and then only spins after trying to loosen the element. Becasue the element wrench wasn't working, I knocked the plastic off the head of the element, drilled 2 holes big enough to insert the end of one of my open end wrenches, grabbed a significant bar for leverage to insert into the other end of the wrench AND STILL CAN'T LOOSEN THE bleeping element. I got enough torque on it that the wrench was twisting slightly (a 5/8 Stanley, not some whimpy wrench). Any ideas how I might get this loose?
 
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Old 04-16-11, 07:59 PM
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Originally Posted by WilliamH4
I'm trying to replace my water heater element. I have the "element wrench" (what a joke). The element wrench barely grabs the top of the element and then only spins after trying to loosen the element. Becasue the element wrench wasn't working, I knocked the plastic off the head of the element, drilled 2 holes big enough to insert the end of one of my open end wrenches, grabbed a significant bar for leverage to insert into the other end of the wrench AND STILL CAN'T LOOSEN THE bleeping element. I got enough torque on it that the wrench was twisting slightly (a 5/8 Stanley, not some whimpy wrench). Any ideas how I might get this loose?
Sure, buy a 6 point socket or use a large truck lug wrench.
 
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Old 04-16-11, 08:31 PM
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Look to the pawn shop for a 3'4" drive deep socket to fit and a break over bar. If you can afford it buy new at Sears or auto parts store. If buying used be sure the socket isn't rounded out. I prefer impact sockets because of their toughness.
 
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Old 04-16-11, 08:51 PM
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I use a basin wrench and use a 14 or 18" wrench on the handle if need be.



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Old 04-16-11, 10:29 PM
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Thanks for the replies. I finally got the element out. What a job that was! I drilled the holes a little deeper and used a grinder to shape the ends of my wrench so it would bite better. Took a ridiculous amount of effort to get it out.
 
 

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