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Re: Check Valves on Heads
Just flush a lot. Some folks like to flush with dilute vinegar before working on the head, letting it sit for a few hours and then flushing with water. Sterilizes it and eats a little scale. IT does sound like the routing of the discharge hose is unfortunate (too long and sloped wrong).
Check valves? Just asking for clogs. Gate valve? Same problem.
Changing a joker valve should be a 2 minute job; 2 screws and a quick change. And replacing it every 2 years as a matter of PM solves that. If it failing more often than that, are there chemicals going in the head that should not (the specifics depend on the head brand as materials vary)?
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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