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You need to get 7 gallins of water, you have a 3 gallon can and a 5 gallon can. How do u get 7 gallons?

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Fill the five-gallon can from the creek. Pour three gallons into the three-gallon can, leaving two gallons in the five-gallon can. Empty the three-gallon can, then pour the two gallons from the five-gallon can into the three-gallon can. Fill the five-gallon can from the creek. You now have two gallons in the three-gallon can and five gallons in the five-gallon can for a total of seven gallons.

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SOURCE: dripping from drain spout

If you are refering to the "Dripping coming from the preasure tempature valve,Then just turn off the valve where the water goes into the heater and open the P/T valve with a bucket below it draining only emought water to get below the level where it reaches.     Normally the drain valves are plastic with a Male hosebib attached.  Attach a  garden hose to the rain and run it out to a point lower that the vaslve in order for gravity to drain the tank.The valve opens counter clock wise. If the valve is stuck or does not drain,and you have a foor drain handy,remove the whole valve and replace it with a boiler drain valve.  If The tank is located below the drain level then you will have to either pump or carry the drain water to the higher level.     Replace the P/T valve  and reinstall the associated associated piping. I would use tefelon tape on the P/T pipe theads.    You may have to open a hot water faucet in order for the air to replace the water in the tank ,in order to drain. 

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SOURCE: takes a long time to heat water

If you are using a 3/8" copper line for your gas, get it replaced ASAP. It will fail. 1/2" Black Iron is required with natural gas. 50 gallons is a lot of water to heat. Look on the heater label for the recovery rate.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

SOURCE: We have a Reliance 501 (40 gallon) natural gas

Your Reliance serial number shows your water heater was made in July 1994.

Except for the Marathon water heaters, and copper-tank water heaters, all tank-type water heaters are made of steel. That steel has an enamel coating which people call a glass liner.

So in that sense, there is a glass liner.
See a photo of the liner:

Also inside the tank is an anode rode.
The anode is made to protect the steel tank.
Anode is made from lower noble metal than steel, so water reacts with the lower noble metal first.
The water eats away the anode rod instead of rusting the tank.
Once the anode rod is gone, the water begins rusting the tank.
The enamel coating does not protect the steel from rusting.
The tank rusts away and begins to leak.,,20047047,00.html

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SOURCE: I have a 5 ft height 2 ft width [501] 50 gallons


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SOURCE: I have a rheemglas standard electric 40 gallon

You should have two panels on the front of your water heater most likely painted blue. Each of these panels contains a heating element. The top panel contains the reset switch. Unscrew and remove the top panel and you'll see the reset switch - it is the red button. Press it to see if it clicks. If so, your hot water should last longer.

If it does not last longer than you stated, then you most likely have a bad heating element. The problem is that unless you remove both elements, you won't know which one is bad. If you don't feel comfortable turning off the water valve to the heater, turning off the power to your water heater at the circuit breaker box, draining the heater of it's water using a garden hose, removing the wires from the elements, removing the elements and installing new ones from your home improvement store then you may want to hire a plumber to do it.

The process is fairly easy but time consuming. The most time is draining the water heater. If you do choose to do it yourself, you will need to get a special "wrench" from your home improvement store to remove the heating elements first. The store can help you with the element(s) you need once you take them in.


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