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Old 07-23-2018, 08:34 PM   #241
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Got it! Thanks!
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Old 07-28-2018, 08:16 PM   #242
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Tested them, water surely does flow down hill. ;-)
Next up is finish up the toilet perch & the bath sink/cabinet.
Then formica the counter tops install & done!
I'm sure I'm forgetting something but it's getting very close.
Battery install too. Waiting till the very end to buy that.
Thanks for the kind words David.
Let me add the propane system to the list.
That is next. I got an aluminum tank. 30#. It had 2 thirty pound steel tanks before.
Any tips on a single tank system are appreciated.
This certainly has been a learning experience.
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Just finished reading your whole tread . Amazing work ! Good documentation. Keep up the good work . Blue
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Old 07-29-2018, 12:31 PM   #244
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Just finished reading your whole tread . Amazing work ! Good documentation. Keep up the good work . Blue
Thank you! It's not going fast but it's going....
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Old 07-29-2018, 07:13 PM   #245
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Nothing wrong with a single tank system. The plumbing is the same except you won't need a "switch over valve". You will have to manage the level in the single tank so you don't run out on a cold Michigan winter night and have no heat.

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Old 04-10-2019, 02:33 PM   #246
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This is how my new Dometic toilet arrived. The porcelain chunk that is gone was NOT in the box.
Box had original tape and no damage to it at all.
I can't imagine how that got out of the factory.
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Well hello again. You must have thawed out after a rather long winter. Nice to see your post on a not so nice subject.

My new Thetford Bravura toilet won't hold water in the bowl. The blade valve seal must be damaged or defective. And I'm unsure how to get a replacement seal. The dealer can't seem to find the right part number. It appears you gotta buy the whole darn mechanism that opens the slide valve to get the seal. Seems too dumb for words. I'm probably missing something.

Likely a human error in the factory judging from your description. They will likely replace it for you. Hassle anyway.

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My new Thetford Bravura toilet won't hold water in the bowl. The blade valve seal must be damaged or defective.


Iím not sure what the Bravura looks like, but whatever model I have stopped holding water after a couple years and I learned in the forums about sealing the blade valve with dialectic grease. Rubber gloved up, I used a toothpick to clean the inside of the rubber seal where the blade rests when closed (goes without saying you want to wipe that toothpick real good before using on your teeth - no, Iím TOTALLY kidding ) and then apply a liberal amount of the grease to the blade and the seal. Open and close the valve a couple times and it sets quite well. Now part of my winterization process every year.

If applicable to yours, give it a try. Good luck!
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Thanks for the tip. I have tried silicone lube. But I will try some of the grease and maybe it will seal up.

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Lifeline battery installed, everything working. Oh happy day.
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How can it be that everything is working? That never happens to me.

Lifeline is a very good battery according to the reviews on it. It should last a very long time.

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How can it be that everything is working? That never happens to me.

Lifeline is a very good battery according to the reviews on it. It should last a very long time.

David
David do you know the secret for wrapping an old faucet stem with packing string & having it not leak out around the handles when they are "open".?
I bet I've done it a dozen times & can't quite get it.
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Make sure the string still has a good coat of wax or grease on it . After packing the nut as it is tightened squeezes down and makes the seal . Make sure the shaft is smooth . Good luck .
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Make sure the string still has a good coat of wax or grease on it . After packing the nut as it is tightened squeezes down and makes the seal . Make sure the shaft is smooth . Good luck .
I'll give it a go tonight, thank you Joyflea!
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You can buy a teflon "string" at Lowe's and Home Depot, that is specifically designed for this application. I've used it to repair outdoor faucets, and it was quite effective and painless.

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Gee, I've never used a packing string. My old faucets have what looks like a cork sleeve that fits around the stem. Then I tighten the packing nut so I don't get too much drag when opening the faucet.

Or I just replace the whole faucet with a new one.

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I think the teflon string was the rubbery messy stuff.
Went to our local plumbing supplier & they were out of the packing string.
I'll try ACE tonight.
David i just can get a new faucet. The old shower faucet is too cool to let go.
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I tried the various strings without much luck. I gave up and used a cone shaped rubber seal and finally got the old faucet to seal. I think mine might be missing a washer to compress the new string
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I tried the various strings without much luck. I gave up and used a cone shaped rubber seal and finally got the old faucet to seal. I think mine might be missing a washer to compress the new string
Does your faucet have a dome shaped packing nut?
Mine does & I'm beginning to wonder if that is the problem.
I've read the domed shaped nuts require a dome shaped washer.
I'll work at it this weekend.
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Does your faucet have a dome shaped packing nut?
Mine does & I'm beginning to wonder if that is the problem.
I've read the domed shaped nuts require a dome shaped washer.
I'll work at it this weekend.
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Geez, a test I didn't study for. I had a dream last night I was back in history class and I had an exam I forgot to study for also.
If I recall, the nuts were an inverted cone on the back and the packing rope simply jammed between it and the shafts jack screws. Mechanically it didn't make sense and I wrote it off a prior owner fixes. If I tightened the nut to the point of not leaking, the valve wouldn't open much for flow. I suspect the assembly should have been nut, gland string, washer, fixture all fitted over the shaft. Without the washer nothing would seal.
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