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Posted: 03/10/12 09:14am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anybody ever tried dumping vegetable oil or canola oil in to the waste tanks to lubricate the valves. I know you can buy the lube i believe from Camco. I believe it has coconut oil in it.
Just a thought i just wondered if this would work as well.


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I placed some oil on the stem and worked it back and forth a few times. Seemed to help a little.


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Posted: 03/10/12 03:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had always thought that just about everything flowing past that valve was naturally oily and that no lube was necessary.


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Posted: 03/10/12 10:00am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Try the GEO method: See here and scroll down.

http://www.rvecafe.com/bwater.html


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Posted: 03/10/12 10:09am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I added a grease zerk to the flat side of the valve...shoot some grease in there, work it back and forth...works smooth....if it feels a little sticky, just shoot a little more grease


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I use my liquid laundry detergent. Add some water with it in the sink, toilet to make it thinner. Go out side and try to open and close the valve as fast as possible a few times. Works for me.

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I find that a few bean burritos from tacobell lubricates the black ta... oh wait wrong topic


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Posted: 03/10/12 03:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, commercial valve lube seems to just be coconut oil. I've tried vegetable oil, and conola, they all work. BUT, I discovered that olive oil works better than anything else I've tried, so I use it. Difference was easy to see in the toilet valve operation come spring. With olive oil there was no leakage past toilet valve, and it wasn't sticky at all when first used, smooth as silk.


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Chuck&Gail wrote:

Yes, commercial valve lube seems to just be coconut oil. I've tried vegetable oil, and conola, they all work. BUT, I discovered that olive oil works better than anything else I've tried, so I use it. Difference was easy to see in the toilet valve operation come spring. With olive oil there was no leakage past toilet valve, and it wasn't sticky at all when first used, smooth as silk.


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I have used vegtable oil 3 times since 2001. Empty black tank and pour one gallon down the toliet and let it sit for awhile and then pull and push the handle in and out quicky to drain. this has made ours work easy and smooth.
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