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Old 02-20-2024, 09:43 PM   #1
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Berkshire - Hepvo shower drain broken

Started out shower draining slowly. Nothing under the screen in the shower drain so I assumed the hepvo filter was gunked up. This is the second camper I've had with hepvo instead of p-traps and regardless of what anyone says... if you have a wife with hair and you both use soap when showering then hepvo can/will eventually clog. There is an access in the bedroom to the shower drain but it was made for someone with long thin arms and enough hand strength to do the job. I've got the hand strength but none of the rest. The hepvo filter points directly away from the access and then the connected ABS drain u-turns back toward the grey tank. I was able to disconnect the hepvo from the shower drain and started trying to spin the hepvo to back it out of the 1-1/2 ABS hub connection. Turns out it wasn't a solid hub type connection rather it was a slip-nut type connection where the male end of the hepvo just threads in. For the life of my I don't know why they used a slip-nut type connection given the connection to the ABS isn't reachable from the access. The slip nut popped off the ABS pipe connection and it's 20" into the hole and there's no way I can reach it. Now I'm stuck. Anybody else have any miracle ideas besides finding a tech witch long small arms?
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Old 02-20-2024, 09:55 PM   #2
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Just a suggestion , Maybe one of those grabbers people use to pick up trash or things out of high places .. They install these in such a way that Getting to the connections is close to impossible and the fiberglass pan cuts you to bits .
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Old 02-21-2024, 10:15 AM   #3
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Can you enlist the aid of a teenager with skinny arms but some strength? I know your pain. I had to replace re-arrange my drain plumbing when I replaced my kitchen sink which had very tight space to work in (I did all the work through a drawer slot). I got the new waterless trap in, the factory one was all cross threaded from factory. Was NOT fun. I should have recorded my swearing doing it.
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Old 02-21-2024, 01:38 PM   #4
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The HepvO company says you can use chemical drain cleaners safely. I have a hair catcher for the womenfolk and it stops a lot of that. If the drain gets a bit slow I'll turn the shower faucet on full hot and direct it into the drain so the force and the hot water goes directly into the drain.

So far I have not needed to remove the HepvO valve for cleaning in four years. You might want to see if either of those things work in the future.

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Old 02-21-2024, 02:13 PM   #5
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The HepvO company says you can use chemical drain cleaners safely. I have a hair catcher for the womenfolk and it stops a lot of that. If the drain gets a bit slow I'll turn the shower faucet on full hot and direct it into the drain so the force and the hot water goes directly into the drain.

So far I have not needed to remove the HepvO valve for cleaning in four years. You might want to see if either of those things work in the future.

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Can you enlist the aid of a teenager with skinny arms but some strength? I know your pain. I had to replace re-arrange my drain plumbing when I replaced my kitchen sink which had very tight space to work in (I did all the work through a drawer slot). I got the new waterless trap in, the factory one was all cross threaded from factory. Was NOT fun. I should have recorded my swearing doing it.
Maybe a wife with skinny arms...

I understand the deal with the Popeye forearms. I'm 5'9" and weigh 160. Reasonable biceps, thin forearms. I was an industrial first responder and got a call for an underhood fire in the parking lot. The other responder (big husky) guy had gotten there first and was trying to get the hood open on this older Cadillac. The driver's door was locked, so he had crowbarred out the grille and then started attacking the hood, butchering it like he had the grille.

I asked him why he hadn't reached in the back window, which was down about 3", and unlocked the front door. He said "Impossible." I reached in--it was a tight squeeze--and unlocked the door. Just about then, the owner showed up.
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