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Only a trickle of hot water is coming out of my faucet. I tried to flush the tank, but only a trickle continues to come out of the hose....am I not doing something right?

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Http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/pages/WHRpages/English/Troubleshooting/Tanklets/backflushing.html
The link above gives a list of reasons for the decreased water pressure at your faucet.

As for draining the tank, it sounds like it's clogged with sediment.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html

To open a clogged water heater:
Connect a washing-machine-hose to water heater drain valve.
Connect garden-hose to outdoor spigot, and to washing-machine-hose.
Turn on outdoor spigot for 10 seconds and it will open the clogged valve.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-will-not-drain.html

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