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A complete rebuild kit can be 1/2 the price of a complete head. I've done the job and while it was a good hour or two with rubber gloves and a lot of bleach and paper towels playing decontamination station during and afterwards...it wasn't HARD. Distasteful, maybe, but not a hard job. (Helps to start out by flushing bleach through the head and disinfecting it before you start work, there are drug-resistant critters these days that you don't want to risk fooling with.)

But given the choice of rebuilding anything or throwing it out and installing a LAVAC...I don't think I've ever heard anyone say a bad word about LAVAC, or that they regretted installing one. Seems like all you ever hear is "they never clog" and "they're so expensive". In the opposite order.

I like the idea of no leaky pumps and no clogs. Almost as good as a cedar bucket!
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Only one downside to a Lavac...and it isn't a problem unless you get seasick or drink too much. You can't open the bowl lid until the vacuum seal has released...so you do have to wait about 10-15 seconds after each flush before you can lift the lid. If you're seasick or really drunk, that 10-15 second delay can be h3ll.

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Thanks everybody. It's replace with Lavac. If the only drawback is not frequent enough cookie tossing rate, I'll use the bucket for that specialized purpose, and remember to toss the contents to the leeward.
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TXS, I suspect you could modify the Lavac with a simple small ball valve penetrating the bowl or lid. Flip the valve, whoosh, air in, vacuum gone and the flush aborted...but the bowl could be opened right away. $2 valve from the hardware store and another buck in fittings to secure it.

And then of course a big brass sign:
"EMERGENCY VACUUM RELEASE BREAK, ROTATE TO BREAK VACUUM"

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Thanks everybody. It's replace with Lavac. If the only drawback is not frequent enough cookie tossing rate, I'll use the bucket for that specialized purpose, and remember to toss the contents to the leeward.
LOL, yes toss to leeward...not windward.. The safety valve idea is a good one, but would probably weaken the lid, and also void your warranty.

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