So I finally got myself a new drill and finished boring the hole for my electric heater element and everything is water tight without needing any jb weld etc, which is pretty awesome.
BUT! I have two (hopefully simple) questions:
1) There's about 1.25 gallons of "dead space" in the kettle when I drain with gravity. I dried lowering the intake by using some pipe elbows and nipples, but that doesn't seem to do anything -- i figured this was what a dip tube basically is (only nicer) but i can't get that remaining 1.25 gallons to drain unless i tip.
so -- do i have to tip? will using a pump or a real dip tube help?
2) as I'm wiring the element, can i just ground to the kettle? or to the metal rim on the element? i read pol's eherms set up, but he says to ground at the thermocouple, but i'm not using one.
any help is greatly appreciated. happy new year!
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