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We have an older Rheem Fury (gas) water heater and

We have an older (1970s?) Rheem Fury (gas) water heater and the pilot light keeps going out.
We can light the pilot and it will stay lit and the burners come on and heats the water ok, but it will go out in a few hours. I've turned the small pilot adjustment screw on the front all the way clockwise.

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Hi I would try changing the thermocouple

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