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Re: An indelicate question

Jabsco is definitely one of the preferred marine toilet brands for North American builders and retrofits - likely due to reliability, availability and affordability. As a former HEAD mechanic my experience is the major problem with marine toilets is lack of use and owner maintenance. A huge part of our society has an 'out of site, out of mind' frame of mind. When it comes to marine toilets, especially those getting little use and layed up for half a year ashore, preventative maintenance is key - full flush, clear user instructions & strict guidelines. If the toilet gets limited use there is little regular water flowing through to keep it clear, rubber parts deform and the lips on the joker valve tend to stick closed - as a preventative use a little mineral oil through the system at launch and lift out. The other common cause of breakdown is over working the pump - an ape failing to treat it with the respect this simple machine deserves
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