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Old 10-03-2012, 12:23 AM   #11
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Finaly finished

Nothing is simple or I canít let it be.
So I have attached some pic of what I found:
It started off as a valve assembly replacement because the leaking vacuum breaker is not replaceable by its self. You must take out the potty and to do this is surprisingly easy and not as smelly as had been suggested(I guess I do a good clean out job). But on inspection and thorough cleaning of the potty I find how it is designed.
There is no chute from flush valve to floor flange just a large open body, maybe 3+ cubic feet. What a mess, there is no way to clean this area accept for taking the potty out and cleaning from the bottom. What would happen if you ever backed up the black tank, it would fill this large cavity before seeing it at the flush valve. This is just a cheap design and will always be smelly when you open the flush valve. They should have made a chute to go down to the floor-flange and an access panel to get to the mechanics of the valve and such.
So I replaced it with another Thetford with a ball-valve flush and a chute. My $30 job became a $300 job and I am now 10#s heavier (porcelain potty).
I will keep the old potty for a couple months, to make sure the new one is right, and then sell it.
All is well that ends well
John
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:06 AM   #12
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I reshaped a bowl brush to fit through the bowl valve hole. Since I added the hand wand with separate valves for the wand and the flusher, I use the hand wand sprayer, reshaped brush, and toilet cleaner to clean the area I can see.

While this won't clean the plastic above the valve, it won't "look" dirty when the curious want to watch the "action" when flushing.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:12 AM   #13
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Has anyone ever tried to put a pc of pvc pipe extension to close off this area?
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:03 AM   #14
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Has anyone ever tried to put a pc of pvc pipe extension to close off this area?
JEEZ Neil!

ANOTHER Project!
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:11 AM   #15
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JEEZ Neil!

ANOTHER Project!
Never thought of it before and I had our old toilet out several times and it never dawned on me, I just cleaned it and put it back. Another case of not being very observant. May take our new one out and see if it can be done. Don't know if it would be of any advantage other than just keeping it clean.
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