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Thread: Removing outlet pipe from Sta-Rite Max-E-Therm heater

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    Removing outlet pipe from Sta-Rite Max-E-Therm heater

    I've got an aging (but still cookin') Max-E-Therm heater with a hairline crack in the outlet pipe. I've ordered a replacement, and the PVC union came right off with just a little effort, but I can't get the pipe out of the manifold. I tried dousing it with WD40 Rust Penetrant spray (it says it works on and is safe for plastic) and giving it a few minutes to work; I did this a total of three times over about an hour and a half, and no dice.

    I'm using a fairly good sized rubber strap wrench to try to remove it, and I'm getting a fair amount of torque on it, but it's just not budging. I've tried some whacks with a rubber mallet as well.

    Any hints on how to approach this? I really want to make this work, because replacing the entire external manifold is a $250 proposition. Should I try a pipe wrench? A bigger/better strap wrench? Some other tool?

    One of many pictures can be seen on this Amazon listing for the whole manifold; unfortunately (possibly a big "unfortunately"), my version does not have the ribbed tubes like this replacement. Mine has smooth tubes.

    Amazon.com : Sta-Rite Natural Gas/LP Gas Pool Garden

    Brad

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    Re: Removing outlet pipe from Sta-Rite Max-E-Therm heater

    Do you have a picture you can post. That might help explain just what you are trying to remove.
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    Re: Removing outlet pipe from Sta-Rite Max-E-Therm heater

    Here's a good picture...

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    Re: Removing outlet pipe from Sta-Rite Max-E-Therm heater

    A set of large adjustable channellocks.
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    Re: Removing outlet pipe from Sta-Rite Max-E-Therm heater

    Paul, does that recommendation stand in light of the fact that mine doesn't have the "ribs" displayed above?

    Brad

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