Camco 9953 element socket
We recommend the Camco 9953 element socket (shown in picture) over a generic water heater element wrench as it tends to grip better and makes light work of removing an old element (if required). A water heater element wrench is considered light duty.
The Camco 9953 element socket is also better than any normal socket not only because it's the right sized 1.5" socket for a water heater element nut (your average socket set will not have one this big anyway) but also because the depth is correct and the end of the socket is ground flat to better fit the thin element nut. Most sockets have bevelled edges which makes it hard to catch the edge of the thin element nut.
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