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Old 12-06-2011, 12:50 PM   #1
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This is a new 2000W 120V copper element, and it has clear plastic tubing-like material at the base of each leg of the element. Should I try to cut this off, or not worry about it?



 
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:58 PM   #2
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weird. never seen anything like that.


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Old 12-06-2011, 03:16 PM   #3
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FWIW, the element is the one recommended by jkarp in his Countertop Brutus thread. It not the Rheem brand, but is the "factory-approved" replacement for the Rheem.

 
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Old 12-06-2011, 03:17 PM   #4
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Never heard or seen of that before. Can you remove it??

 
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Old 12-06-2011, 03:19 PM   #5
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My old element had those, it was a SS element.

 
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Old 12-06-2011, 03:23 PM   #6
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My old element had those, it was a SS element.
samc, did it affect anything? Did it melt, discolor, etc.? Or did you remove them?

 
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Old 12-06-2011, 04:12 PM   #7
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They took on the look of something that had been in boiled wort (brownish). But no melting or other issues. However I did have a batch of scorched wort with that element so I replaced it with a ULWD element.

 
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:02 PM   #8
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The base of an element has cold spears that don't heat up, so it shouldn't melt.
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Old 12-07-2011, 03:26 AM   #9
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I went ahead and cut off the plastic sheathes with a utility knife. It seems to be some kind of brittle plastic.



 
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