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Joker valve?

The Jabsco head we put in my boat has been flawless about 5 years now. This season, water (for lack of a better name) is coming back up in the bowl.
Just checked, the kit is around $10 "New improved" means "uh oh" to me sometimes LOL


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Re: Joker valve?

Denise, I just changed out both of mine - simple, ten minute job.
The new and improved is a cross hatch on the valve - truly is better.

Flush your tanks first or at least pump a gallon of clean water through to make sure the hose is clear, it should not be a hard, or messy, job.
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Re: Joker valve?

A simple and smelly job.
We don't use our head very much and the joker valve has a tendancy to back wash into the bowl due to a calciun build up on the valve.
We have found that putting vinegar into the toilets mechanism and letting it sit for a couple of hours will keep the valve clean and stop the back wash into the bowl. We then put a conditioner into the system to help lubricate the pump and valve mechanism's.
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Thanks Gents! I'll order one today!

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Order two. Good to have a spare on hand (especially for a live aboard).
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Re: Joker valve?

The nasty part of the job is that the contents of the hose, clear or not, are going to spill out when you unclamp it to get to the joker. I avoided most of that last time I replaced the joker by using a shop vac to suck the *air* out of the holding tank through the vent outlet on top of the tank. This created enough suction to pull most of the hose contents back into the tank.
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that's a good trick Tom, thanks!

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After 5 years you can budget a new joker valve.
I keep mine clean with a soak in bleach when I am servicing the head. Just chuck it in a bowl of bleach then scrub with a toothbroush.

Use an OLD toothbrush! I dunno why I am single. I didnt mean it.
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Re: Joker valve?

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After 5 years you can budget a new joker valve.
I keep mine clean with a soak in bleach when I am servicing the head. Just chuck it in a bowl of bleach then scrub with a toothbroush.

Use an OLD toothbrush! I dunno why I am single. I didnt mean it.
oh it is okay, when you are done scrubbing the joker valve with your toothbrush then scrub your toothbrush in bleach and dish soap with your fingers....


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After 5 years you can budget a new joker valve.
I keep mine clean with a soak in bleach when I am servicing the head. Just chuck it in a bowl of bleach then scrub with a toothbroush.

Use an OLD toothbrush! I dunno why I am single. I didnt mean it.
I detect some "potty-mouthed" humor there, methinks.
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