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Old 06-07-2010, 11:03 AM   #1
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Toilet question

Removed toilet in order to install laminate flooring. The internal flex tubing has black "stuff" in the lines. I am thinking about replacing all the tubing with new. It appears all the clamps are readily assessible. One end pressure fits to flush valve. Any reason not to do this? Is there anything else I should do while I have the toilet removed? Thanks for any and all help. Jack
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Old 06-07-2010, 01:00 PM   #2
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I wouldn't be too concerned about the black stain in the tubing. I'd only replace it if it appeared to be losing flexibility or had obvious incipient cracks. Pushing new tubing onto the old plastic fittings, or pushing on the clamps to get them seated may cause more damage.

There is an anti-siphon valve molded into the top of the shell just aft of the seat hinge. If you have any problem with the toilet itself, this valve and the knife valve at the bottom are really the only two items (besides the tubing) that can age out. The anti-siphon is repairable, but you have to look long and hard at soft neoprene washers to find one that can replace the existing rubber disc inside the valve. Don't go there unless you have a leak while flushing.

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Don't go there unless you have a leak while flushing.
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I usually flush AFTER I take a le..- oh never mind.
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Question i have a 1975 argosy and in need of a toilet seat , does any one out their know were i could purchase one just like the one on the toilet.
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You should replace the bowl ring while you have it out. If you need a taller on (believe you posted another question about floor height) you may find one here. I'd call to check the fit before ordering.

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Question i have a 1975 argosy and in need of a toilet seat , does any one out their know were i could purchase one just like the one on the toilet.
I found this source, but they say they are wholesalers only": THETFORD Toilet Seats - FSI. You could check if this matches the model you have.

I decided that it would be a better investment to put in a whole new toilet. A plus is that the new model, a SeaLand 510H uses a standard seat and lid like a home toilet.
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Question i have a 1975 argosy and in need of a toilet seat , does any one out their know were i could purchase one just like the one on the toilet.
I just went through this and luckily found a used/almost new toilet from a member in FLA, for the price of a seat. which was quoted by Out of Doors in NC for $68. Not installed yet, but great possibilities! also has the issue of black gook in lines, which I thought about replacing. but maybe not?!
another instince where this site has been an invaluable resource.
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Toilet finished

I went ahead and replaced all the tubing in my toilet. Used stainless stell clamps in place of pressure clamps which I can never get to work right for me. Cleaned 32 yrs of "stuff" off and out of the toilet. Found a new seal at local camping store. Reinstalled and all seems to be working and NO LEAKS! Hardest part was getting the nut back on the back bolt. The wonders of duct tape strikes again.
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Good work. Just remember that the water valve is very fragile, any freeze at all and it explodes. The problem is that you may drain your pipes and forget that column of water above the valve, going up to the anti-siphon valve in the toilet. You can "completely" drain your pipes and forget to open the toilet valve and you're toast!

Jeez, why would I know that?

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Learned that lesson with friends' 5th wheels at the campground. Yes, friends as in four got busted toilets valves during a 20 degree freeze. Also freezing seems to take out shower heads and sink sprayers. Have started attaching a compressed air supply to water inlet and blowing out all water. Thanks for the reminder. Jack
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