Groco head service kit - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 02-23-2009 Thread Starter
Member
 
huguley3's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Stuart FL
Posts: 236
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
Groco head service kit

My Groco hf head keeps filling with water. It looks like its coming in from the holding tank as its far from clear. I am looking at service kits and they have two of them a regular service kit and a master service kit. What is the difference between the two? If I get the master one will it have the same things plus a few more as the regular one will? Or do I need something completely different?

The 2 page manual that came with it is far from helpful.

--

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
30' Islander Bahama
huguley3 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old 02-23-2009 Thread Starter
Member
 
huguley3's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Stuart FL
Posts: 236
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
I partly answered my question. On the 2 page sheet they have the parts that are included in each kit and the master kit has 2 more parts. It also mentions a sticking flapper will allow the waste to get back in. Is the flapper going to be readily apparent when I open up the cap and look at it? I am guessing it is a sort of flattish valve looking thing.

Given the lack of documentation I am guessing marine heads are pretty simple things and once you take one apart its apparent how they work?

--

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
30' Islander Bahama
huguley3 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 7 Old 02-23-2009
Ignoring Trolls in 2009
 
TxLnghrn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 453
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
The Master Kit contains the piston and ring in addition to the regular service kit parts. You probably can get by with the regular kit, but the job is not one you want to repeat too often, so you might want to replace the piston and seal while you have it apart.

Michael

S/V Anything Goes
1987 Pearson 31-2
Hull #15
TxLnghrn is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 7 Old 02-23-2009
Ignoring Trolls in 2009
 
TxLnghrn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 453
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
The repair kit comes with a nice step by step guide. Not hard to do, just smelly.

S/V Anything Goes
1987 Pearson 31-2
Hull #15
TxLnghrn is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 7 Old 02-23-2009 Thread Starter
Member
 
huguley3's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Stuart FL
Posts: 236
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
Awesome. I ordered the master one. It seems odd that the service kit is a third the price of completely new unit. How often do these service things need to be done? Not sure when the last one was done but the head is from 02 so it could have been awhile ago.

--

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
30' Islander Bahama
huguley3 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 7 Old 02-24-2009
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Sugar Hill, GA
Posts: 33
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
I recommend that you call them. I gather they are a small operation. When you tell them you have a question about repairing a Groco head they will direct your call to one guy (I don't remember his name).

He is fantastic. Even if you don't have questions, tell him your question is "Got any tips?" He will slowly walk you through every part in the kit, how to install it, how to avoid problems, and tips to keep it working well.

I called twice. Once to find out what kit I needed (and he saved me money on that), and once when I had the kit spread out on the cabin sole while I was scratching my head. The guy was pleasant to talk to, amazingly knowledgeable about the product, and willing to take as much time as I needed to get it done right.
mwrohde2 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 7 Old 03-01-2009 Thread Starter
Member
 
huguley3's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Stuart FL
Posts: 236
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
I bought the master kit and started in on it. Turns out I had a lot of corrosion on the base. A new base was a third the price of a whole new one so I just bought a new one. Instant gratification and all. If anyone else has reservations about taking the head apart I wrote up my thoughts on it with pictures.
S/V Sunny: Replacing a Groco HF head

Do you think anyone would be buy the old one for parts or something? I hate to toss something that is still pretty functional.

--

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
30' Islander Bahama
huguley3 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Globalstar or Iridium? danielgoldberg Gear & Maintenance 15 06-12-2008 02:05 PM
Head - electric conversion or new electric head snw Gear & Maintenance 5 04-29-2007 07:07 AM
Head Service Kit (Jabsco) offline2004 Gear & Maintenance 6 04-16-2007 11:39 AM
Head blockage liebmanp General Discussion (sailing related) 9 03-29-2007 04:51 PM
Split Head jhampton Atomic 4 3 09-12-2006 10:23 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome