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11-27-2012 10:26 PM
Brent Swain
Re: head problems

Switch to a C-head composting head. They never break down.
11-26-2012 10:56 PM
Faster
Re: head problems

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Originally Posted by bobnpaula View Post
gladrags has a good point. We don't flush toilet paper either. We keep a small, COVERED wastebasket under the sink in the head, and all paper goes in that. Gets emptied regularly with the other trash. No odor and no clogs. If you have ever traveled to Greece, you will find this same set-up in just about every bathroom on every island... they don't want to clog their plumbing either. Same deal on some Caribbean islands too.
We did the same in our Caribbean cruising.. Once you get past the 'EEEWWWW' it's not that big a deal..
11-26-2012 10:53 PM
bobnpaula
Re: head problems

gladrags has a good point. We don't flush toilet paper either. We keep a small, COVERED wastebasket under the sink in the head, and all paper goes in that. Gets emptied regularly with the other trash. No odor and no clogs. If you have ever traveled to Greece, you will find this same set-up in just about every bathroom on every island... they don't want to clog their plumbing either. Same deal on some Caribbean islands too.
11-26-2012 09:35 PM
Minnewaska
Re: head problems

Great. Now flush several gallons (full to the rim bowls) of clean water to rinse it out well.

Hope nothing was damaged. I would probably wait and see, but there is an argument to get in there and do some preventative maintenance, while its clear.
11-26-2012 09:15 PM
chuckg5
Re: head problems

the sanitation gods helped me out today. put the plunger to her (the head) an something must have gave because now it works . After 10 days of bothering me , it now works again. watch, now i'm not going to spend the 500 bucks on the electric masacator head that i wish for Xmas
11-26-2012 01:33 PM
sailortjk1
Re: head problems

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Have a spare jocker valve handy before you begin the inevitable. It could be torn.

It's just a matter of time before everyone does what you're about to do. Clorox bathroom cleaner is your friend!
For any of us with a Jabsco, a spare Jocker is a necessity.
11-26-2012 01:31 PM
Minnewaska
Re: head problems

Think.... vinyl gloves. Several pair.
11-26-2012 01:12 PM
Faster
Re: head problems

If it is the joker the pump handle should be jamming at the top of its stroke.. If you're able to 'pump' but nothing goes anywhere that's a different scenario.....
11-26-2012 11:18 AM
chuckg5
Re: head problems

great replies, Many Thanks for the help. i'm following up today to meet the challenge. i did plunger the heck out of that head, to no avail
11-26-2012 08:51 AM
Minnewaska
Re: head problems

Have a spare jocker valve handy before you begin the inevitable. It could be torn.

It's just a matter of time before everyone does what you're about to do. Clorox bathroom cleaner is your friend!

As far as electric macerating heads, they make a huge difference in clog potential. Its still possible, but much less likely. On the other hand, they take extraordinary power. Something like 30+amps. You have to run an intake pump and a separate macerating pump. They also take substantially more water to flush than a hand pump. You can clear the bowl just as easily, but you have to send a couple of FULL bowls of clean water behind the waste to clear the macerator and lines or the effluent will destroy the macerator. Many fail to do this later part and get both smell and pump failure. You will want a spare pump as well, or you are not flushing at all, should one "crap out".
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