I missed all the 49er pregame show and news. My water heater turned on me and gave me a cold shower..I hate that. So,after a 30 second shower of soap on soap off, I get out and get dressed. My water heater is about 7-8 years old,but we had that storm. I didn't know what to expect. Now,its one of the olden days light with a match type, and I had forgotten..that's not good to forget, a certain sequence. Its not even listed on the directions. So, after a few failed pilot light attempts, I'm worried its conked out. I try one more time,and Eureka! the pilot lights...but no burner. WTF?..I go inside,read the internet. Tap on it they say,knock of crud, turn the thermostat back and forth they said,loosen it up. Nothing worked. And all that blew out the pilot- FUCK!..lol.
It came to me friends as it sat their cold and ignoring me. I redo all steps- now 1:00+ hour into sitting on muddy ground going in and out of the home to read,..IT CAME TO ME! After the pilot is lit? TURN THE RED KNOB TO ON!..lol. The new water heaters are no longer like this. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.