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I have a Lavac toilet that works by drawing a vacuum on the bowl when, with the lid closed, one pumps a bilge pump connected to the outlet. It is an excellent product but now the seals on the lid and seat are hardening with age.
As my local suppliers want a silly amount of money to replace them. Does anyone have a suggestion as to what I could use to soften them up?
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It really depends on what the seals are made of.

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Mmmm difficult to say. There is nothing in the parts manual. At this stage they feel pretty much like slightly stiff PVC (white).
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I recently just paid an absurdly ridiculous amount of money just for the lid on one of our two Lavac heads, reusing the old seal since it was in good shape. I had to bite the bullet with a $150.00 charge for a round piece of plastic. I remember the lid gasket (seal), to cost about $30.00, plus shipping.

Lavac toilets are incredible, but on the very rare occasion you may need parts, the Brits have us by the nads.

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Especially, since the only source for them in the USA is Defender Marine out of Connecticut.

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I know one should not convert one for one but I am paying in South African Rands and the dealer is quoting the equivalent of around $250 (each) for the seals.
By the way I have already made a repair to a cracked lid (used Pratley two part epoxy putty) a few years ago. You can imagine how much a lid would cost in my part of the world.
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Why don't you get someone in the US or Europe to buy them for you and ship them to you.

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Soutie,

Is it possible for you to buy direct from Defender? Assuming you have the Blake Lavac "Popular" model (better and heavier than the newer Zenith model), the seal is only $23.00 US.



Here's a link to the web page with "Service " kits for Blakes:

http://www.defender.com/category.jsp...5199&id=315195

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Sailningdog Yes that's one of my fallbacks. Alternatively to get them directly from the UK over the Internet and courier.
True Blue: The Zenith (whihch I have) is also around $23:00 direct from the supplier plus courier costs. This is probably the way to go. In the mean time I'll try something neutral like a non petroleum based 'oil' and see if it makes any impression. Thanks to all for the time.
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Might also be worth trying something like ArmorAll.

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