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Old 08-25-2011, 08:29 PM   #1
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I dont have one in front of me and I want to stop at the hardware store on the way home from work.

Does anyone know what size the hex is on the end of the element? I want to pick up a socket for it to make life easier in my potted installation.

Thanks!

I find myself thinking it's 1.5", but I would love some verification. Can't find a technical drawing for it online ... the interwebs have failed me!!!

 
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:01 PM   #2
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I'm trying to envision how you would use a socket on an element. I've always just used channellocks.
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:03 PM   #3
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I'm trying to envision how you would use a socket on an element. I've always just used channellocks.
on the end of it, before the electric connections are made.

 
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:04 PM   #4
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It is 1.5". I used a water heater element wrench from lowes.

 
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:05 PM   #5
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It is 1.5". I used a water heater element wrench from lowes.
NICE!!! Thanks man!

 
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:09 PM   #6
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I'll take a picture when I get home of WHY I need a socket for this, so people understand what the hell I am doing, haha.

 
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Old 08-26-2011, 01:36 AM   #7
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Ok so this is why I wanted a socket:

The 1" nut is welded to the side of my kettle. The heating elemnt slides through the hole in teh electrical box and the washer and the oring go over it to seal against the nut.


Like this:



Then the Heating element threads into the nut, holding the eletrical box tight up against the kettle:


No as you can imagine, getting a 1.5" wrench into the box to tighten it to the welded 1" nut is rather difficult. This is where the socket works perfectly.

Stout on nitro and wrench with 1.5" big ass socket. $18 at Ace + $10 for a 1/2" to 3/4" adapter, cuz 1.5" sockets only come with 3/4" attachments (or at least that's all Ace had)

 
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Old 08-26-2011, 09:55 AM   #8
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Channel locks is what I used.

 
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:03 PM   #9
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They sell heating element wrenches in the heating element section at HD. They are only a few bucks and they fit perfectly and can be turned with your hand pretty easily.
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

 
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Old 08-31-2011, 01:00 AM   #10
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What hatfieldenator said.... I think I picked mine up for 5 or 6 bucks & it works fine.

 
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