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Ed Shankle

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Holding tank leak
« on: July 13, 2020, 04:56:03 AM »

More fun and games...
After having the family out last weekend and using the head, I went back to the boat on Weds and discovered about a gallon or more of black water in the bilge. Actually, it was more pink (antifreeze) than black since I didnít have a need to pump out yet this year (late start due to Covid). I could see the flow pattern on the hull bottom and it appears to be coming from the area of the pump out hose connection to the tank. I put some paper towels below it to see if that would confirm the location, and left it. When I returned yesterday, the paper towels were soaked, but not enough to trickle into the bilge. Cleaned it up placed some dry paper towels under it again and checked it periodically. There was no new leaking and I assume that was due to the level of the water in the tank. The connectors were all dry. I pumped some water into the tank and checked shortly after. The paper was a bit wet, but I couldnít feel any wetness around the hose where it is clamped on, or the connector joints.
So here are the questions;
It appears the connector to the tank is ďweldedĒ in place, not screwed in with plumbers putty, so itís not likely the source. Is that a fair assumption?
There is a right angled connector that screws into that tank connector, with putty. That seems dry. I taped a mini ďdiaperĒ around that and it was dry. Hose connection dry as well. Could there be a leak in the tank itself? What have others found to be the source of leaks?
I assume I canít replace that 90* elbow connector without removing the tank due to a lack of spin space, correct?
Iím thinking if I have to remove the tank, I might as well install a new one. Am I jumping the gun or being prudent? Itís the original tank. Of course Iíd do the hoses as well.
Assuming I do remove the tank, whatís the best way to remove the tabbing on the aft end of the tank, Dremel?
Looking forward to your input.

Thanks,
Ed
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Re: Holding tank leak
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2020, 06:56:52 AM »

Ed,

My holding tank developed a leak several years ago, a crack. I replaced everything. Just my opinion, this is one of those things that's not worth trying to fix. You may be able to fix it and you may not, but in the meantime you're dealing with some pretty awful stuff.

As I recall I had to cutout the small bulkhead to remove the old tank, then after the new tank went in I just glassed in a new bulkhead, it wasn't that involved. I don't remember what I used to cut it out but I'd say whatever works.
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Re: Holding tank leak
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2020, 11:17:19 AM »

I tried to order a new tank from Catalina today, but their dimensions and tank volume were different, so I need to first get more accurate dimensions. CJ in Parts said the Mk1 holding tank is 30 gals. I thought it was 23, but a discussion post from 2006 had 27 gals as the consensus (including Ron).
The other difference was in the length. CJ said the 30 gal tank was 35Ē. I measured 38Ē🤔
So I need to try and confirm all dimensions best I can before ordering. Maybe the PO, the original owner, had a bigger tank installed...
Got a chuckle from another 2006 post (Roland G) saying he paid $90 for the tank. Probably 4x that now, at least? Iíll soon find out.
Those who have installed new tanks in their Mk1, what is your max length and vol? If you have the model # too that would be much appreciated!

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Ed
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Re: Holding tank leak
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2020, 11:56:54 AM »

Try Ronco Plastics. They are OEM, off-the-shelf, and custom manufacturers.
https://ronco-plastics.com/
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Re: Holding tank leak
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2020, 02:23:36 PM »

Ed : I got out an old fax from Catalina Parts it shows the MK I tanks. It lists the holding tank as 30 gallons part# 60170 stock# B179.  It shows all of the dimensions.
 
Send me your text tel # and I'll take a picture and text it to you.  ronphylhill@hotmail.com or 540-891-5297

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« Last Edit: July 14, 2020, 02:25:42 PM by Ron Hill »
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Re: Holding tank leak
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2020, 03:27:42 AM »

Itís confirmed, the tank is the Ronco B-179. 30 gals. Iíll also embarrassingly admit I found it stamped on top of the tank! Didnít notice it until the light caught it just right. So the tanks on order. Pee bucket until then...

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Ed
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Re: Holding tank leak
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2020, 05:43:15 AM »

Slightly off topic.  The Admiral bought me this small plastic welder for Christmas.  On Amazon called "Bondic".  It is for small repairs.  Haven't tried it yet so can't say if it works.  Might be worth trying on a small water tank crack.
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Re: Holding tank leak
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2020, 07:48:52 AM »

Ed,

That's funny because that's what I paid for my new tank, of course that was probably 15 years ago. My original was also a Ronco B-179 replaced with same. I found that there are some things that can be fixed and some things that should be replaced, I think the holding tank is one of those replace things.
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Re: Holding tank leak
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2020, 04:12:18 AM »

Agree with you Kevin! New price, $400, with fittings (supposedly).

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Re: Holding tank leak
« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2020, 07:22:54 AM »

Ed,

There are times when $400 seems a very small price to pay. One thing I do whenever faced with the unhappy task of opening up the head/holding system is to wear a respirator,aside from the horrific smell, the fumes in the enclosed space would give me a headache. With the respirator I don't smell anything. The good news, the access for this project is very good.
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Re: Holding tank leak
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2020, 12:49:37 PM »

Ed,

I bought directly from Ronco the B179 tank for much less than $400 last April. Call them for a quote, they are very easy to work with. I picked it up at the factory in Orange County, Ca. I also requested different positions for fittings and elected to have input from toilet at top side center. I changed all sanitation hoses using  Raritan SaniFlex as they are very easy to work with and install. While doing this I decided to add a Snake River tank monitor which so far provides decent accuracy.

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Re: Holding tank leak
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2020, 07:25:05 AM »

Francois,

Nice work, that's about as close as you can come to using the word "pretty" when talking about the holding tank. When I replaced my tank I also installed a tank level indicator, it's a nice upgrade.
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Re: Holding tank leak
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2020, 08:10:00 AM »

This topic is currently near and dear to the Admiral's heart. OK, mine too.  Looking at the photo of Francois' new holding tank install, I see the same set up for the tank vent I am currently convinced causes poor ventilation.  From the top of the tank, the vent hose dips below the top to go below the fiberglass pan, then up to the vent, which I presume is the standard stanchion vent.  When I took my vent hose off recently, after using a tank treatment to kill the smell, I found it had "water" in the hose, likely caused by the pressure the enzymes created, or by sailing for hours in up to 4' waves on the bay with a half full tank.  Either way, the result from the dip in the vent line was bad, by keeping the vent from working.

I am charged with fixing this.  I see pictures like these and I am stuck wondering what is going on in my system.  It doesn't make sense to me. I have read the previously posted and 101 posts many times.  I must have a mental block or something.  How does dropping the vent line below the tank work? 
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Re: Holding tank leak
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2020, 01:58:47 PM »

Yes Francois, you definitely need to eliminate that low spot in the vent line.  Whether water gets in there from the tank or from outside it will create a ďtrapĒ and prevent aerobic bacteria from preventing odors...
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Re: Holding tank leak
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2020, 03:22:52 PM »

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I see the same set up for the tank vent I am currently convinced causes poor ventilation.

Speaking of holding tanks and other good stuff.  On another forum Peggy Hull recommended Noflex-digestor so I'm trying it this year.  One claim is that it doesn't need as much ventilation.  So far it's been working for me, a recommendation from the Head Mistress is worth a look.

https://marinesan.com/noflex-digestor/

Jim
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