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speaking of gross jobs.. I need to get the rebuild kit the Head on my boat. it's a Raritan. it's an older model I'm sure since my boat is a 1982
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Probably the Raritan PHII...

West Marine sells the kits...
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Whenever you are gonna be in an enclosed space, up to your pits in nasty, carry with you a box of old fashioned barn matches and a handful of newspaper.

Periodically stop and light a match, let it burn a moment, then shake it out -- allowing it to smoke a bit afterwards. For some reason, that neutralizes the smell of organics like nothing else. If it's really bad, light a twist of newsprint & wave it around, let that smoke up the joint.

Also, a dab of Vicks Vap-o-Rub under each nostril will see you through the worst plumbing jobs. I've cleaned out grease traps in restaurants that had been boarded up for three years. Booyah. Thank heavens for Vicks!
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Yesterday I replaced the electrode panel on my Lectrasan. Had to take the wholething apart. Again the smell was worse than the job, but believe it or not after 15 minutes the smell went away. OF COURSE i USED TO BE A GYNECOLOGIST BEFORE I RETIRED!
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This is a weird topic to talk about, however ...

I'm probably going with a "no paper" rule on my boat. It means you put the paper in a bag just like they do south of the border, not in the head. The head doesn't have problems because of human waste, it has problems because of all the paper that goes into it. The paper is bulky, it gets matted up, is dense, etc, and that's what messes up the head.

If you visit south of the border for any length of time you'll find there is a toilet, and then there is a waste basket beside it that you use for the paper. That's just how it's done in Central America, and it saves a lot of problems. It's easy to carry a bag of used paper off the boat and dispose of it, and paper also burns ...
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He he he... THIS is a funny post! When the hubby and I bought Wu-Wei, one of the first things we did was replace the head. It wasn't that the head was in bad shape, but since it is a 1981 boat, there are some things you feel better about. Our PO told us the macerator worked. Like everything else on the boat, it was a half-truth. It died. The hubby bought a much better one and installed it on one of those rare days he was off from work. I have no idea what happened, as when he returned home, he said, "The new one is installed. We will never discuss this day ever again or what happened." I knew it must have been bad, very bad. We don't flush the TP- I have the theory, "If you don't eat it, you don't flush it," so all toilet paper goes into ziplock bags in the head trash can after use. Well, a few months ago (after a few months of non-use) the macerator started acting up again. Once again, I managed to be at work when the hubby had to troubleshoot this rather crappy problem. And again, he would not discuss the traumatic details (except to relay he went through two rolls of paper towels, a bottle of Clorox Clean-Up, and a box of latex gloves, and I needed to reprovision these items.) Apparently, solid poo and months of non-use will cause a solid layer of crud that will jack up your macerator. We now use the enzyme-poo-eating holding tank stuff that RVers use versus the holding tank deordant that we used before. Since the hubby won't really talk about macerator troubleshooting part #2, I can only guess (since he did not have to replace the pump) that is what caused it. Good luck in your troubleshooting, and let me know what you did to fix it (since the hubby says his experience is too traumatic to discuss!)

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As the operator of a holding tank pumpout service, I recommend using a product called "Odorlos". Breaks up solids, reduces odor, is biodegradable and non-toxic.
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rebuilding heads, etc.

Hey,

So I'm not the only one who has had the pleasure changing a macerator!! I feel for your other poor bastards.

Anyway, rebuilding or changing a head isn't that bad. Just run a lot of water and some vinegar through it, and it won't be terrible. Before you start the rebuild, find out how much a new head costs, and thing very very hard about just tossing the old and installing a new. My last boat came with a old Jabsco head that didn't draw water in. I tried to rebuild it, but it leaked. So for $100 I bought a brand new one. If the head was a good one I would have tried harder to repair it.

I do have kids (3 of them, 6, 9, 13) but changing diapers was nothing compared to changing the macerator. I can tell you that from now on, my holding tank will receive a regular treatment of odorloss, and the macerator will get used on a regular basis.

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While I don't have a macerator pump to fix on my boat, I did re-plumb the head system this spring. Now the head flushes directly into the holding tank, but the tank can be pumped out manually, or via the deck fitting. Sailing to out past the three-mile limit isn't all that big a chore when the pumpout boat can't get to us.
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Sailing to out past the three-mile limit isn't all that big a chore when the pumpout boat can't get to us.
In the northern part of the Chesapeake Bay it's a chore.
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