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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Plumbing.

In this Badge Bit, you will flush a water heater.  (Note that this BB is part of a 6-part choose your own adventure list BB called the Tiny List. You must complete six Badge Bits in the Tiny List.)



Some related articles
  - How to Flush Water Heater to Remove Sediment
  - How to Flush Your Hot Water Heater
  - How to Flush a Water Heater
  - How to Flush Your Water Heater
  - How to Flush an Entire House Plumbing System









To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - flush the water heater

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - a before picture of the water heater
   - an in progress shot of you flushing the water heater
   - an after picture of the flushed water heater
   - a description of the previous and current state of the water heater
   - OR a 2-minute video of you doing this
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Been meaning to do this for awhile. Given the state of some of the other appliances where I'm renting, I'm guessing this hasn't been done in possibly years.

It took longer than I expected to break the vacuum and get tank to drain. I kept checking the (very) simple instructions in the manual. I'd done them all. I should pencil in a "Step 5: Patience."

Lotsa gunk came out, the drain hose and the open tub/sink HW taps. Eventually got everything to run clean.
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WH before
WH before
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Gas off
Gas off
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Water supply off
Water supply off
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Drain on
Drain on
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Faucet open
Faucet open
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Draining!
Draining!
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Reassembled
Reassembled
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Some of first flush water went to the toilet, so I could see how much gunk there was. I'm now cleaning the toilet
Some of first flush water went to the toilet, so I could see how much gunk there was. I'm now cleaning the toilet
Staff note (Mike Barkley) :

I certify this BB is complete.

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