SailNet Community - View Single Post - Joker Valve?
Thread: Joker Valve?
View Single Post
post #13 of Old 11-06-2010
Old as Dirt!
svHyLyte's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
Posts: 3,193
Thanks: 20
Thanked 154 Times in 146 Posts
Rep Power: 9

One arrow you might want to add to your quiver for head meintenance/longevity that I have found very helpful is to keep a squeeze bottle (used liquid soap bottle or whatever) with a mix of SaltAway and water in the heads. We have and when anyone uses the head, once they've pumped the bowl empty and flushed the system (at least 5 added pump strokes please) we ask them to put a good squirt of the SaltAway mix in the bowl and give the pump a few more strokes. Getting this material into the waste lines prevents the built-up of salt and calcium carbonate in the lines and seems to help preserve the flapper valve and joker valve and our heads remain clean and functional. I do a maintenance call on the units (we have two) annually but can easily get two or three years on a set a valves (more if I wanted to push the issue). While SaltAway is not inexpensive, one needs only 1+/- oz in a large (34 oz) squeeze bottle so it is a cost effective way to help maintain the head equipment.


"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
svHyLyte is offline  
Quote Share with Facebook
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome