connected to the hot-water (out) nipple and
the cold-water inlet. This is a good time to
add a T and valve in your cold-water line,
with a drain line to the bilge, so you can
drain the tank in the future without making
3. Remove the hot-water fitting at the top;
this has the anode connected.
4. Using a garden hose connected to
the hot-water nipple, apply water pressure
directly into the tank and let it drain out of
the bottom cold-water fitting until the solid
anode material and all the other junk that’s
settled to the bottom are rinsed out of the
5. Replace anode and reconnect the other
Follow the same procedure if you don’t have
an anode. If you don’t, and particularly if
your tank is metal, check carefully for signs
of leakage. Even stainless tanks can have a
problem because of the welding and composition of the welding material. Pinholes and
leaks can develop here.
Many companies, such as Star brite (www.
starbrite.com), offer products designed to
remove odors in boat tanks, and you might
check out these after you’ve done the clean-
ing. If you still experience smell from the hot
water, it may be coming from other stuff in
your main tank and plumbing, which may
need to be cleaned.
I know of two different boats where leaving the
blower on for long periods ( 20 minutes) will blow
a breaker or a fuse. Is it normal for the fuse to
blow, or breaker to trip when used for more than
JOHN ADEY: No, it’s not normal. The
breaker or fuse will trip with excessive
amperage draw, so we need to find the
source. Assuming there’s no junk (bird nest
perhaps) in the blower system, let’s first look
at the wire. Is it appropriately sized for the
draw? A 5-amp motor, for instance, sized for
a 3-percent voltage drop (required for blowers) at 7. 5 feet from the switch requires a
16-AWG wire. How about the connections
and the integrity of the wire? Are the connections clean and properly crimped?
Is the blower in a very hot area too
close to the engine perhaps? Could the heat
cause parts to expand and create friction,
causing resistance and the breaker to blow?
Perhaps move it farther out of the engine
space along the hose run.
CUDDLY CUDDY CABIN
I have a 1987 Spacecraft cuddy cabin. The
carpeting on the ceiling in the cabin is coming
down. What type of glue or cement do you recommend to reattach it?
Forked River, NJ
TOM NEALE: If your carpeting is in good
shape, there are two methods that may
work. One is spray adhesive, the other is a
hot-glue gun. I have used the spray adhesive
for the same purpose in cars, and found that
it works for a while, then usually falls down.
The trick is to coat both surfaces entirely,