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post #6 of Old 09-28-2012 Thread Starter
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Re: Deck fill cap measurements

I just noticed that this 4 year-old thread I started has been resurrected! I promised to report on how I fared trying to remove the frozen deck cap for my holding tank and I did not keep my word then , so I will do so now.

Well I succeeded in removing the cap, without destroying it, and have been thoroughly enjoying the experience of pumping out my holding tank ever since.

Here's what I did: I have a friend who works on machinery and swore that an impact drill will free up anything. He very kindly fabricated for me a customized bit with two steel pins welded to a steel bar. The pins fit into the two holes in the cap and he welded a nut to back back of the bar which fit a socket bit that I fitted into a 110 V impact drill rented from a tool shop. He was right! The intense vibration from the impact driver broke the cap loose!

Paul Cooper
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