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Rheem rr410T - my drain valve is leakin!!, I have now drained the hot water tank - what do I do now - just opened the cottage and had water everywhere after turning the water on...I am not a fix it person ( and neither is my husband) - this is the beginning of a long holiday weekend and we will have no hot water for guests arriving tomorrow; is there it easy to fix - can I do it myself - what part do I need to buy - the one I have is a plastic one.. please advise as soon as possible -

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1) If leak is simple, then put garden hose cap over end of drain valve.
Pick up hose cap in garden department at home center or hardware store
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/garden-hose-thread-cap-76.jpg

2) Or install a garden hose and run to a drain until valve can be replaced.
The hot water will not last as long for showers until valve is fixed

3) If drain valve is cracked, it needs to be replaced.
If you are a DIY adventurer, then replace drain valve.
Since drain valve is plastic, expect to use every tool you can borrow when the plastic valve breaks off.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-drain-valve.html

4) Call a plumber who will prefer to replace with new heater.

5) If you want adventure, then replace heater yourself and save $400 installation. Here in Houston 2011, electric heater costs 220 and gas 330 at local box store. Offer 10% less.
Open following link for gas installation, and use basic information for replacing electric.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html

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http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-at-bottom-of-water-heater.html#drip-pan

When you say relief valve, I assum you are talking about brass valve located on top of tank or near top of tank. This is TP valve and a pipe connects to this valve and runs down to within 6" of bottom of tank. TP valve has a small lever on it.
If you are talking about tank drain valve located at bottom of tank, then add a comment.
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http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-adjust-water-heater-temperature.html
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