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new trick for removing head hoses!

well this winter I'm replacing my head, all the hoses, holding tank, the works.
First thing I decided, I wish to not have a toxic mess to clean up! after having the tank pumped before hauling, i carefully studied the spaghetti mess of plumbing connecting all the bits together. my set up entails the hoses snaking through various cabinets, shelving, bulkheads etc.. no matter what I would have to lower open ends of the hoses to remove through the various parts of the boat. heres what i did that kept my sanity and my lunch in check. i carefully decided my places to cut{higher is always better here!}
then using a fine blade on a sawzall would make a cut,{heres the neat part!}
I took a can of expanding foam{same stuff you use around the house to fill cracks and crevices} and shot a healthy blast into both ends of the just cut hose. any odor was quickly sealed! btw, this is not the time to be frugal !
fill that hose a good six inches or so! continued making cuts and filling the open ends with foam, then when all cuts where done left the boat for the week{a day would have probably been just as good} came back the following weekend and sawed off the extra bits of sealant that oozed out of the hoses
and then proceeded to remove them without spills, smells, no drama!
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Re: new trick for removing head hoses!

That hadn't occurred to me. I went to the store and bought a big pack of disposable diapers and garbage can bags to catch it. I'd rather not have to catch it in the first place. So did you make your cuts near the ends of each hose?
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Re: new trick for removing head hoses!

Brilliant, very clever
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Re: new trick for removing head hoses!

where I made the cuts depended on the logistics of 1. higher is best so as to reduce any chance of incurring "fluids" leaking, and 2. where they could be pulled out of their hiding places easiest...there were a lot of hoses crammed under the sink cabinet, enough to where you could not "see" the ball valves for water intake waste exit or sink drain , but had to feel for them{thats gonna change this winter!} all told i probably went through a six pack of sams
sitting in front of this array of hoses valves fittings et al figuring out where to cut and how i was going to remove them and in what order{i may have spent alot of time time planning but my sneakers stayed clean and dry!}
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Re: new trick for removing head hoses!

We wore masks and snorkels


Be even better when I have scuba gear! Hope I can fit in the head with an air tank...
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Re: new trick for removing head hoses!

Heres a simple trick even less expensive, and you donthaveto wait a week. I bought large thick rubber bands a small quart thick zip lock feezer bags. I also cut where the hoses upward bent. At each went a feezer bag and rubber banded it to the hose. No mess, minimal smell. no leakage

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Re: new trick for removing head hoses!

Any tricks to getting a waste hose off that you might want to use again?

I have the distinct pleasure of replacing my holding tank this winter. One hose is going to be replaced, but I don't think they all need it. They are only 8 years old. With 3 heads to route to a central holding tank, a deck pumpout, macerator pumpout and vent line, it would be an unbelievable fortune to replace it all. Of course, when I get them off, I will do whatever is needed. The one that is necessary has a big dip and I think became permeated by the settled waste.
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Re: new trick for removing head hoses!

I thought of a Baggie , or plastics cover on the end , but whoever
Cut the holes in the cabinets shelves etc did it with a hole saw
Sized right to size, there was no way the hose would make it out without catching on the hole... Hence my science project!
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I have the distinct pleasure of replacing my holding tank this winter. ...necessary has a big dip and I think became permeated by the settled waste.
Sail to Venuzalea and haul out, like I did last year. The dock yard people work for $10 per DAY. So just give then an extra $5 and shove their noses in it.


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Sail to Venuzalea and haul out, like I did last year. The dock yard people work for $10 per DAY. So just give then an extra $5 and shove their noses in it.
Best suggestion I received all year.

Still, that will be tough to pull off and it's looking like my nose this time.
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