Originally Posted by stepbill
Was wondering if anyone has hooked up a small hose with a shut off valve to the drain port of the hot water heater so the water does not drain all over the place. If so, what size adapter did you use to connect the hose to the drain port?
Probably be best if you just removed the drain plug and took it with you to the hardware store so you can match the threads. I'm not positive but I think the threads on the plug are straight pipe but it could be something else.
You could also drill and tap threads in the plug itself and install a petcock with a hose.
Or you could do what I do, funnel the water out of the way with something that would act as a channel to get the water to the outside of the heater box.