Saturday, July 1, 2006

Don't Get In Over Your Head: Call A Plumber

Faucets, Toilet, 7/1/2006

The title for this post is an inside joke. Clue will recognize it...

Based on my experience, plumbing problems seem all too common on boats. I spent months trying solve some plumbing problems on our first boat (Mariner) in Seattle, and faced problems right away with Mariner II. The galley faucet was broken, the head faucet was broken, and the toilet wouldn't flush. Two-for-two boats with plumbing problems, and three-for-three fixtures on this boat. I replaced the two faucet fixtures right away, as running water is pretty important for us to enjoy the boat. Generally you can get "rebuild kits" for marine toilets at about 1/3 the cost of a new toilet, and then just rebuild the flush pump. I might have done that, but since the toilet was 20 years old and looking kind of dingy and gross, I just replaced that as well. The floor mounts didn't line up exactly (of course), so I'll have to plug the screw holes in the floor.

And then there's the little issue of tracking down the leaks in the system, but that's a story for another day.

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