I have spent most of today puzzling over my water heater. What started out as a simple project, to change the element, has turned into a mass of confusion. I can't get any water to drain out of the water heater in any normal way. I shut off the cold on top, attached the hose, opened the bottom valve and turned on one, then all of the hot water faucets. Nothing comes out! Strangely, if I turn on a cold water faucet in the nearby bathroom, cold water starts running out of the turned on hot water faucets as well as out the hose. My dad came over to look at it but after 2 hours gave up because he couldn't undertand it either. Any suggestions out there?