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Old 09-23-2012, 07:02 PM   #1
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Black water valve

My valve is stuck closed on my black water tank, I have no idea how to work on the valve, or even where it is (obviously around the tank somewhere...) should I just take it to the shop???

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Old 09-23-2012, 07:29 PM   #2
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You should be able to locate the valve, especially since it is attached to the handle that you use to open it.
Try pushing in on the handle and then pull out on the handle. You may have to use a pry bar to give you a little leverage. Don't pry too hard. If you can get it to move in or out just a little bit, you are on your way to getting it to open. Just keep working it back and forth. It might help if you poured a gallon of water down the toilet to get things wet on the back side of the valve.
I used this back and forth method to free up both the grey and black water valves on my 38 year old trailer. It worked for me.

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Old 09-24-2012, 08:27 AM   #3
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The handle moves but the valve does not open....can the rod come apart from the valve??

Thanks for the response!!
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:30 AM   #4
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Yes the handle rod has a threaded coupler which attaches to the valve
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