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12-28-2013 11:55 PM
bubb2
Re: Modified strainer lid for flushing and winterizing

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Originally Posted by chuck53 View Post
As far as my engine goes, all I do is open up the strainer (after closing the thru hull) and just pour fresh water or AF into the strainer while the engine is running. No need to have a special cap on the strainer.
Exactly, been doing that way for years.
12-28-2013 09:07 PM
chuck53
Re: Modified strainer lid for flushing and winterizing

As far as my engine goes, all I do is open up the strainer (after closing the thru hull) and just pour fresh water or AF into the strainer while the engine is running. No need to have a special cap on the strainer.
12-28-2013 08:54 PM
Missingyou
Re: Modified strainer lid for flushing and winterizing

Looking good. I've wondered if the folks from Vetus are curious as to the spike in strainer basket lid sales. I bought two myself.
12-28-2013 08:18 PM
kellysails
Re: Modified strainer lid for flushing and winterizing

Here is my version of your great idea. I used my handy dremel to cut a hole large enough for the nylon adapter. I used a 3/4NPT to GHT adapter with two 3/4 npt nuts, a bit of 5200, a brass GHT elbow, taa daaa! I have been trying to come up with a flushing solution for RW for months, then missingyou provided me a great solution, thanks!

12-23-2013 01:38 PM
kellysails
Re: Modified strainer lid for flushing and winterizing

I completed my version of your idea. I will get some pics of it next weekend and upload them. Thanks for the clever idea missingyou!
12-04-2013 08:02 PM
Missingyou
Re: Modified strainer lid for flushing and winterizing

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Originally Posted by miatapaul View Post
This looks good, and I would not worry about crazing and cracking as you will only have this on for the winterization I assume. Almost as good as the Poopenator...
Yes! Only for winterizing. I considered tees and fittings as they would be nice to have, but it meant at least $60 in bronze (valves not included) for two engines, not to mention the cutting of hoses and such. Once winterization is complete and the modified Lid is removed the boat is as it was with the un-modified strainer lid.
12-04-2013 07:15 PM
miatapaul
Re: Modified strainer lid for flushing and winterizing

This looks good, and I would not worry about crazing and cracking as you will only have this on for the winterization I assume. Almost as good as the Poopenator...
12-04-2013 06:52 PM
kellysails
Re: Modified strainer lid for flushing and winterizing

Just ordered my own strainer lid to do the same. I do not need to winterize as it is generally fairly temperate here but this will be great for doing flushes occasionally. Maybe get some vinegar running through the system on occasion. I have been looking at various solutions involving Tee junctions and such. This is simple and easy, like it!
12-04-2013 04:35 PM
kellysails
Re: Modified strainer lid for flushing and winterizing

Damn clever missingyou! I really like it.
12-01-2013 06:36 PM
pdqaltair
Re: Modified strainer lid for flushing and winterizing

Clear polycarbonate and nylon strainer lids are subject to crazing by propylene glycol, and to a lesser extent, ethylene glycol. Add the stress introduced by the fitting screwed into a thin section not designed for threads, and cracking seems probable.

It would be safe enough if the modified lid were used and then the strainer left open, which is best for the strainer.

Thus, modifying the piping with a tee and a valve seems safer.

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