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Old 02-24-2019, 07:07 AM   #1
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It Pays To Pay Attention To Peggie

When I bought “Obsession” I did a major refit including rebuilding the sanitation system. I chose the Raritan Elegance head and the Sealand T pump along with PVC pipes for the straight runs and Trident Hose. I installed a f/w tank and for 3.5 years the system has worked flawlessly.

I read an article in which Peggie Hall described a cleaning process using vinegar. She recommended allowing the vinegar to sit for 2 hours but I thought, hey if 2 hours are good then 2 days would be great. This would come back to haunt me.

Shortly after the treatment it began to flush slowly requiring 2-3 flushes to clear the bowl. I removed the head and disassembled and found no blockage. A call to the Raritan tech line was helpful and they gave some potential problems. When I described the condition of the 2 joker valves they thought they were OK. In fairness they they could not see or feel them. However, the joker valves seemed to be the only potential so I replaced them and the head was back to normal, yey.

I suspect there was a reason Peggie said 2 hours and not 2 days. My fault. I would like say that we are indeed fortunate to have Peggie hovering around this site like an angel of blackwater responding to questions and giving valuable advice even if some folks (like me) don’t always follow it to the letter.

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Old 02-24-2019, 07:53 AM   #2
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It pays to buy her book too.

The cast of characters accessed through this site are pretty amazing. You could travel for a lifetime and never meet a crew like this.
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Old 02-24-2019, 08:16 AM   #3
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like an angel of blackwater
Now there's an interesting moniker!

We are, indeed, fortunate. Tip of the hat in thanks to the angel.

Good lesson learned on your part. Thanks for passing it on to everyone.

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For those who don't know Peggie Hall, here's her book. She goes by HeadMistress here on TF.

https://www.amazon.com/Get-Boat-Odor.../dp/1892399156
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Old 02-24-2019, 10:04 AM   #5
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I read an article in which Peggie Hall described a cleaning process using vinegar. She recommended allowing the vinegar to sit for 2 hours...

I appreciate all the compliments! However I think Don mis-remembered the length of time I recommend letting the vinegar--which, btw, should always be distilled white vinegar, not cider--sit in the plumbing. It should be at least 45 minutes, no longer than ONE hour, followed by at least a couple of quarts of clean fresh water...and never leave it standing in the bowl 'cuz when soft rubber--i.e. joker valves--is left to sit and soak in vinegar it swells and distorts.


"Angel of blackwater" <LOL> At least that's a little classier than the nickname someone at West Marine christened me on the Compuserve sailing forum sometime in the '90s: "Princess of Poop." I began getting emails addressed to "your royal highness." To get out from under that one, I adopted "the HeadMistress" when a writer for Boating magazine hung that on me in a full page interview in 1997.


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Old 02-24-2019, 10:24 AM   #6
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Well heck, if distilled white vinegar will do it, a high-dollar Italian Balsamic is bound to be better, right? Seriously though, the Admiral and I took one of Peggy’s workshops at St. Petersburg a couple of years ago. She’s good medicine.
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a high-dollar Italian Balsamic is bound to be better, right?
Can you imagine being an owner sometime later in the boat's life wondering, WTF is that smell? It's like an italian salad or something... or SOMETHING.
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Well heck, if distilled white vinegar will do it, a high-dollar Italian Balsamic is bound to be better, right?.

An Italian fisherman friend of mine used to refer to it as “Balls-Matic” vinegar. So thats how I pronounce it now.

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someone at West Marine christened me on the Compuserve sailing forum sometime in the '90s: "Princess of Poop."

I think I remember that.....
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Well heck, if distilled white vinegar will do it, a high-dollar Italian Balsamic is bound to be better, right?



I know you posted that as a joke, but there's good reason to use only distilled white vinegar. For one thing, it's not sticky...but the more important reason is, it's more acidic which makes more effective in preventing mineral buildup. Although it is possible to use vinegar to dissolve buildup in hoses, it's way too labor intensive compared to muriatic acid or products specifically made for that purpose. People who claim it doesn't work make the mistake of just letting something soak in it for hours even days...not realizing that it exhausts itself and has to be replaced every couple of hours. As is true of most things, prevention--a cupful or two every week or two--is a whole lot cheaper and easier than cure.


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Wifey B: As common as water and sewage issues are on boats, I can't imagine why anyone on this site (or elsewhere, but elsewhere may not know) not having her book. We have the Old Get Rid and the New Get Rid, both in Kindle.
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Yes peggy guided our refit installed 2 new Raritan elegance heads with electric touch panel works super no issues in first year .... using cleaner CA as Peggy recommends.
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I'm pretty sure you meant to type CP (Raritan C.P.)...


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Just know that the CP Cleaner does not "eat" hair as she has stated in the past!
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You can see the effects of vinegar without sticking your head down the dunny. Very effective cleaning the electric kettle, which gets so stained inside incl the plastic water level gauge is obscured. I also use it to descale the counter top espresso machine. Vinegar contains acetic acid, usually 4%,is that the active ingredient?
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Peggie rocks

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Awwww....shucks...


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Peggy do you recommend the distilled white vinegar treatment for fresh water flush heads? Thanks for your contributions
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