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Old 09-22-2016, 06:03 PM   #41
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I directed my admirable admiral into the crawlspace to look at the sight tubes for the water tanks. They're dirty and due for renewal. But minimally functional.

She was not wearing her leather shorts...
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:14 PM   #42
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2 27" inch tubes replaced! Not glass and Home Depot has the same tubing the marine store had.

I now smell disqusting and the job was one of the easier ones I did. Just not a fan of fuel of any kind.

To the shower I go! Thank you for all your help!
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2 27" inch tubes replaced! Not glass and Home Depot has the same tubing the marine store had.

I now smell disqusting and the job was one of the easier ones I did. Just not a fan of fuel of any kind.

To the shower I go! Thank you for all your help!

Nice job Donna. You are an inspiration.
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Old 09-22-2016, 11:34 PM   #44
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Do you know if there is a tank in a perfect rectangle or other formats? This can affect the amount of reliability, and deploy diesel. The easiest way would be, when the tank is empty, and you begin to fill it, you could mark at appropriate intervals, for example every 50galonan or whatever you need.


In the measurement of tank out side systems
Gobius waste holding tank level system.
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Do you know if there is a tank in a perfect rectangle or other formats? This can affect the amount of reliability, and deploy diesel. The easiest way would be, when the tank is empty, and you begin to fill it, you could mark at appropriate intervals, for example every 50galonan or whatever you need.


In the measurement of tank out side systems
Gobius waste holding tank level system.

I have never seen the tanks. In fact there is no way to see them unless I cut a hole in perfectly good insulation. I guess that wouldn't be a big deal since it replaces in tile form. I wonder if those tiles are asbestos! 1986? Could be. Ok, lets not think about that.

I have no idea what shape they are and as long as there is no evidence of a leak, I don't care if they are in the shape of mickey mouse.

I know they will need replacement at some point and have started a reserve for that. I just hope not anytime soon.
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Shouldn't be asbestos in ceiling tile by 1986...in the USA.
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My sight tube on the port tank is marked 1/4, 1/2, etc. by the P.O. Then the math in my head. Two tanks (tied together) according to Albin literature hold 400 gals, so that tells me what is up. The markings are not linear, so it leads me to believe that the excercise was actually carried out emperically. I fill them half way for the season.
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Old 09-23-2016, 10:16 PM   #48
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Coast guard require clear sight.
Where'd you get that from. CG has nothing to do with CFR's.
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Here is my port side installation, very easy to replace tubes, yours may be similar.
That is water hose and not rated for fuel of any kind.
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Clear vinyl hose works just fine.

Use either the reenforced kind like in the picture, sometimes called "red tracer" hose or the non-reenforced type that is totally clear.
Clear vinyl is not fuel rated and will go very brittle when exposed to diesel over time and the plasticizers are driven out by the naphthalenes and alkylbenzenes in the diesel.
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What about TygonŽ F-4040-A fuel line...
+1 ...... finally someone recommends an actual fuel rated clear hose !

PS you can't get it at Home Depot.
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Clear vinyl is not fuel rated and will go very brittle when exposed to diesel over time and the plasticizers are driven out by the naphthalenes and alkylbenzenes in the diesel.
Bay Pelican has had clear plastic hose (home depot type) for more than 20 years. Was changed once when no longer clear.

Never had a problem. OK, top and bottom valves are always shut off when not viewing.

What am I missing?
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Bay Pelican has had clear plastic hose (home depot type) for more than 20 years. Was changed once when no longer clear.

Never had a problem. OK, top and bottom valves are always shut off when not viewing.

What am I missing?
Forget who it is but someone on here has a signature that goes something like .........

"There's the right way, the wrong way and what some guy has gotten away with"
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+1 ...... finally someone recommends an actual fuel rated clear hose !

PS you can't get it at Home Depot.
I got mine I think from McMaster or someplace similar. Definitely pricey, but I figured a bilge full of diesel is too. Three years, still totally clear. Enough left over to do my water tank too. Lined up the level markings from the old tube. If something else works for less $ then great; but this is my first diesel, so my confidence level in unapproved applications is not high.
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I guess you could relate this to the thread on " how long does hose last"?

if you use cheap hose, plan on replacing it sooner than if you used the better stuff.

doesn't mean that you will have a failure any time soon.

plus, in my lifetime, I have had my share of factory defects in a lot of different things.

using any particular anything doesn't guarantee ratings.

so getting away with something is a general statement about everything in life.

I bought a boat that isn't close to unsinkable or can't catch fire. It's the way it came and I couldn't afford s boat that may have been closers. So in my upgrades, I try to incrementally make her better...but going to the 99th percentile or higher on every system is not necessary, especially if you can't do all at once.
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Plastic fuel hose is available at most (all?) auto parts stores.
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Where'd you get that from. CG has nothing to do with CFR's.
Surveyor and ins. company.

I'm doing things once and right. Is it overkill? Maybe, but better to be safe than sorry.
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Surveyor and ins. company.

I'm doing things once and right. Is it overkill? Maybe, but better to be safe than sorry.
I think that is a good way to approach it. My surveyor flagged a number of things as "suggestions". The insurance company and the lender didn't care about those, but I am going through that list and getting them done over time.
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I was in the don't know but don't want to make a big mistake mode, so went with the tubing made to go in this application. I hate doing a job more than once, except routine maintenance . Believe me, a lot (most) of the systems are done in less than perfect fashion, but it doesn't stop us from having fun.
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