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Old 12-05-2010, 08:48 PM   #1
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Water Valve On/Off Positions

I have a 2003 Gas Land Yacht. I need advice from someone with a similar rig.

I'm trying to get this straight in my head. When pushing pink stuff thru the system I place a pump and tube in a gallon of anti-freeze connected to the street water intake to get pink stuff in all the lines. To bypass the water heater I believe I should close the top and side valve and open the bottom valve. Is that correct? What position should the valve handle be when it is "closed"? That is straight across the water line? My manual does not show which position the handle must be at when closed. Sorry to be ignorant but I can't seem to get this right. I think I'm pumping antifreeze in my hot water tank. Also, I assume all three valves under the bed should be closed, once again, what position is closed? Thank you.
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:33 PM   #2
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Steve;
The is what I have in my '83 MO. If I remember correctly it never tightens like a normal valve. This my help.
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Old 12-06-2010, 11:17 AM   #3
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Spat,

It helps me to visualize what I am trying to accomplish. Perhaps that will help you as well.

To start with, we need to stop the water from going into the hot water tank. But we need to be sure the hot water line itself gets the pink stuff all the way back to the faucets. If you close all three valves, then you will stop the pink stuff from going into the hot water tank, but you will also prevent the pink stuff from going any further. So, you need to close the valve going into the hw tank, and close the valve in the line exiting the tank. But you want to keep the pink stuff flowing, so you must open the one that bypasses the tank and allows pink to flow.

The setup I have is in kind of an H shape. close the left and right (or top and bottom) and open the one that is in the cross-bar of the H.

If that looks nothing like what you have, then perhaps someone with a rig like yours can help.

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Old 12-07-2010, 09:23 AM   #4
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First of all I never use the :Pink Stuff" anymore. That stuff tastes like ****! We tried every year to flush it out of the lines to eliminate the smell and taste but never could. I now use Vodka. That's right Vodka! The cheapest stuff I can find. It takes about four fifths and it has advantages.

1. No taste.
2. Sanitizes.
3. Anti-Freeze.
4. Spring party.

I also have a bypass for the water heater. Just a piece of flex line that fits into the ends of the in and out line on the water heater. I then drain the water heater separately.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:35 AM   #5
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Your unit should look similar but the bypass Pex tubing should be white on one side of the 90 degree ball valve and red on the other.



Close the top, open the middle and shut the bottom. Disregard the text on the right of the photo.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:56 AM   #6
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Patrick, As always, a picture is worth a thousand words, but shouldn't the note on your picture say "open" this valve when winterizing rather than "close?"

Seems to me that the bypass valve would be closed in the normal operating position.

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Brian & Connie,

I googled the image and posted it, disregard the text on the right of the photo.
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I like the Vodka idea!
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:43 AM   #9
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RE the vodka: I was wondering if vodka could cause damage to water lines and seals the way ethanol-added gasoline is said to be hard on boat fuel systems.

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RE the vodka: I was wondering if vodka could cause damage to water lines and seals the way ethanol-added gasoline is said to be hard on boat fuel systems.

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Heard a lot of nay sayers say that when I first started, but so far, after more than ten years I have had no problems what so ever.

I do wonder what the Highway Patrol would say about a motorhome traveling down the highway with vodka available right out of the faucet?
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I like the vodka idea, but I would prefer bourbon. Sal.
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10 years is a pretty good test. And since I winterized my rig using less than 2 gallons of the pink stuff, at $4.50/gallon, cheap vodka would not be that much more expensive.

I think I'd add a little pink dye to the vodka so I could monitor its progress through the system. Although if I bought better vodka, I could monitor it by tasting, couldn't I?

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Use a couple of drops of red food coloring. Sal.
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I think I'd add a little pink dye to the vodka so I could monitor its progress through the system. Although if I bought better vodka, I could monitor it by tasting, couldn't I?

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We can tell by the smell or just a little taste on your finger.
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