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08-31-2006 07:42 PM
sailingdog
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Originally Posted by Cruisingdad
Always a kind word from you SD...
I use my powers for good mostly... saying I use them for good would be a lie... so I add the mostly... that way it is the truth.
08-31-2006 07:12 PM
ebs001 You can use vegetable oil to do the lube job and it won't kill the good enzymes. If you are going to use the head for an extended period of time you might want to get the seacock unseized or replaced and you won't have too worry about alot of this ****.
08-31-2006 06:40 PM
Cruisingdad Always a kind word from you SD...
08-31-2006 06:25 PM
sailingdog
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cruisingdad
And I have told you before: My SH** DOES NOT STINK.
Yup, and it smells like roses, and matches the rose colored glasses you wear.
08-31-2006 05:15 PM
Cruisingdad And I have told you before: My SH** DOES NOT STINK.
08-31-2006 04:39 PM
Surfesq I haven't left the Board, I just have to work once in a while. I have said my solution to the holding tank odor issue many times. After the pump out, fill the tank with fresh water then re-pump. Add some Clorox Bleach down the pumping line, following with a squirt of water. That eliminates the odor. But let's face it, when you have a box of **** in the bottom of your boat, It's pretty much gonna smell no matter what you do. That's just a fact.
08-31-2006 04:34 PM
Cruisingdad SD,

Regarding the cl tabs... I know. This is an experiment in process. I did call the mfg, they said it would be fine... but I am (like you) - skeptical. I would never have done it, but I have two other people in the marina doing it and have been for 15 years??

I will say one thing: that smell that seems to permeate boats is gone from mine. Within an hour my boat smelled BOAT SHOW NEW BABY!! HAHA!!

Course, I have this strange blue liquid leaking out of the head, the holding tanks, etc... but hey, it all goes in the bilge and dissapears? (I wrote that for Surf's benefit, whom I think has left the board).
08-31-2006 03:55 PM
John_colpitts Thanks for all the good info folks. It is HUGE help!

John
08-31-2006 03:12 PM
sailingdog Cruisingdad- Those chlorine tablets may attack the seals and other parts of the head system, so you might want to be careful with them.

BTW, Peggy hall recommends vegetable oil, rather than mineral oil. Probably because the bacteria can digest it...and then it doesn't form a layer on top and block oxygen from getting to the water.
08-31-2006 02:54 PM
hellosailor Ike-
Exactly. The anaerobic ones "breath" sulfur instead of oxygen and they make the "stink of low tide" form sulfur excretions. Same same in the holding tank.

John-
If you have the luxury of adding a fresh water blivet near the head, and IF you can use fresh water to flush the head (and backflush the inlet hose) you'll also find there's much less stink. Decomposition of critters in the sea water also causes a lot of odor. If you can spare an extra fresh water source (a flex bladder is fine) to use rather than raw water to flush the head, all the better.
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