|Item Weight||1.2 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||7.5 x 4 x 2 inches|
|Item model number||1828|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||1|
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TEKTON 1828 1/2-Inch by 1-1/2-Inch Water Heater Socket
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- Drop Forged, Heat Treated Chrome Vanadium Steel
- Corrosion-Resistant Chrome Plated Finish
- 6-Point Beveled-End Socket
- Notched Drive End Locks onto Ratchet or Extension
- Fits Heating Element in Many Electric Water Heaters
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TEKTON 1828 1/2"-Drive by 1-1/2" Water Heater Socket features: Drop Forged Chrome Vanadium Steel, Heat-Treated and Chrome Plated, Notches in Socket Lock onto Ratchets or Extensions, Special Size Needed to Replace Heating Elements in Most Electric Water Heaters, Do-It-Yourself and Save on Costly Professional Repairs.
Top Customer Reviews
But this socket could be improved. On the typical water heater element, there's only about 1/8" (maybe 3/16" if you're lucky) of hex head (the part of the water heater element that the socket will connect to) to grab on to. So it's important that the socket fit as flush as possible to the hex head to grab as much of it as it can.
Unfortunately, the hex faces inside this socket are relieved from the end of the socket by about 1/16". This means this socket will not sit flush on the heater element and will not grab on to all (possibly only 50%) of the hex head. This makes it easy for the socket to slide off, slip and wobble. If the heater element is on tight or old or rusted, the socket will not be as effective as it could be. You could end up rounding the edges of the element's hex head or busting a knuckle or twisting the water tank. You overcome this design flaw by putting lots of pressure on the socket, pushing it into the heater element. Unfortunately, this is difficult to do when you are also pushing/pulling the wrench in another direction.
I haven't had to, but you could use a T-handle wrench like Vim (VIMTT500) Turbo-T 1/2" Drive Speed "T" Handle Wrench to remove a difficult element.
Maybe there's a better socket for water heater element out there, until then this is it.
I never saw one of these REAL sockets made just for this project in the store but saw them on here and decided to give it a try. I turned off the water heater breaker, drained the unit and then attached this heavy duty socket to my socket wrench. Well the old saying " The right tool for the right job" not only held true, but now my Dad wants to borrow this from me. I had the water heater element removed in less than 30 seconds, not 30 minutes like the old one. ( came out like butter out of tub, in other words with ease )
1000% recommend this item, it truly paid for itself the first use and it is very sturdy. I can't see it ever breaking, it is heavy duty and expect it to last forever.
Knocked off one star because the bevel is a bit long, which forces you to really push hard to get the socket to "bite" on elements that don't have offsets on the tank wall.
I had to replace elements in two tanks... one was a newer tank, which has the offset to keep the element's "nut" from touching the tank directly... this tool had the element loose in 2-seconds. The older tank had a flush-mount element, which forced me to put a lot of pressure on the wrench to keep it from slipping, but it still had the element loose in seconds.
Don't waste your time on crap-tools... if you only change one element in your life, this tool is worth the expense ... Right Tool for the Right Job!
Past experience has shown me that the need to modify a socket for a specific use isn't unusual. If you need to modify it for a element removal...do it. You'll still have a good socket for other purposes. I like this item, it's a fair price and shipping was quick. I would purchase it again.