I have viewed some videos on the internet about changing a hot water heater element without draining the tank first. This is great and saves a ton of time. But in all of these videos you still get water spilling out, getting on the floor and in between the inner and outer shell of the water heater. It's still quite messy and the water is VERY hot!
After changing a few elements the way I saw in these videos, I decided to add a new innovation. I call it the "Water Shoot". It's made from a 2-liter soda bottle. Mine is about 4 inches wide cut up the whole length of the bottle. This simple little tool will protect you from getting burned and it will contain nearly 100% of the water that would otherwise spill on the floor or get in between the inner and outer shell of your water heater. My little water shoot innovation makes this process just about PERFECT!
Let me know what you think of my simple little innovation. You can see it in action here and ascertain for yourself just how useful this method is.
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