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RE: Cleaning out a DIY septic tank

Worth a shot. It's not mine I'm just allowed to dump here. Maybe like some suggested it rusted so bad it finally collapsed and filled with sand. That would explain while the volume degrease didnt seem to happen gradually.
wopachop 09/21/19 09:04am Tech Issues
RE: Cleaning out a DIY septic tank

Yeah totally both suggestions were lame. Kinda expected actually. Dropped in some green gobbler enzyme last night. (home owner picked it out) Also got some cheap valve stems from Wally world.
wopachop 09/21/19 08:47am Tech Issues
RE: No hot water

There has got to be more valves you're not seeing? Is the tank simply empty and needs to be filled before it exits a faucet? Any chance the handle of the valve you took apart is installed 90 degrees wrong so "off" is actually "on"? Just tossing out ideas. Pictures always help. My water heater bypass consists of 3 valves.
wopachop 09/19/19 08:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Cleaning out a DIY septic tank

One day I hope to have a toto!!
wopachop 09/19/19 08:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Cleaning out a DIY septic tank

Turns out the darn thing is 15 years old. The fella who installed it carved 7/04 into the concrete. The clog is recent. Didnt seem to happen gradually. I hear what people are saying about a metal drum rusting away. But if that was the case wouldnt the liquids absorb into the ground after a month? Its in very very loose sandy soil. Maybe he used plastic drums.
wopachop 09/19/19 01:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Cleaning out a DIY septic tank

I don't think the air will do anything. If there's a single open hole near the top, you will loose the air out that hole before any real pressure builds.I agree. Might end up hooking a hose bib adapter to it.
wopachop 09/19/19 09:46am Tech Issues
RE: Cleaning out a DIY septic tank

Air pressure is NOT going to 'clear' any clogs ----it will just force sludge out ANY opening there is Wouldnt that be the openings drilled into the barrels? I cant say for sure if its metal or plastic. Seems like I've dumped more than 100 gallons before. The (2) 50 gallon drums might not even be true. Will try air pressure. Start low and slow and see how it goes.
wopachop 09/19/19 09:43am Tech Issues
RE: Cleaning out a DIY septic tank

If you're not in a huge hurry, there's a product called Bio-Clean that literally eats the stuff that is probably blocking your system. It does take a few days to work, so it's not a quick fix, but it isn't expensive either. I used it to clear a clogged basement drain last year. Took about a week of adding the stuff to the open end to work it's way through about 15 feet of sewer pipe. After a week, I could blast water through it with a garden hose. Can be used for maintenance, as well. There are all sorts of similar products out there, I'm sure.Thanks i just looked that up. They have a drain clean and a septic treatment. Depending on the advice other people give i might do the air pressure first and then get on a routine of septic treatment.
wopachop 09/18/19 08:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Cleaning out a DIY septic tank

Be sure to get a video of you doing that. It might just win a spot on America's Funniest Videos. Put a copy on YouTube and post a link to on here. I'd love to see it. Hey youre the guy who replied in 1 minute to dog on a complete stranger over the internet. Think about that for a bit.
wopachop 09/18/19 08:39pm Tech Issues
Cleaning out a DIY septic tank

Sorry if im not using the correct term. We have an RV dump setup. Years ago i was told its (2) 50 gallon drums welded together with holes drilled in it. Worked great for over 10 years. I think we finally clogged it up. It will only take around 10-20 gallons now before overflowing. Even if i wait over a month between dumps. In the past i could wait 1 day and continue dumping/flushing. There is an ABS threaded cap to keep debris out. Im thinking about drilling a hole in that cap and installing an automotive valve stem so i can pressurize the setup and hopefully blow out the clogged holes. Looking for a quick fix. Probably should have dumped some type of breakdown chemical down there months ago. Years ago. Im a cheapo and dont want to pay someone to come clean it out. Not even sure if you would call it a septic tank. The man who installed it is no longer with us. So im not sure how big the holes are. How many holes. I do have an endoscope but not ready to sacrifice it just yet. Think air pressure is worth a shot? Also considering a hose adapter. Blast it out with pressurized water. The schrader valve seems cleaner and easier. More control on pressure and no worries about backflow. I think there are still a few unclogged holes towards the top of the tanks which allows me 10-20 gallons of space. If i used a hose adapter i could leave the hose on and walk away. With the air pressure it might seep out the holes in a few seconds and never clear the problem area.
wopachop 09/18/19 08:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Black Tank flush with valve closed

I'm always surprised how much the flush system removes. I've drained. Added a good 20 gallons and drained again. Then hooked up the hose and with a clear waste connector you can see it working.
wopachop 09/17/19 03:05pm Tech Issues
Black Tank flush with valve closed

Is it common for people to close the valve with the hose still running in order to prime the tank with some fresh water?
wopachop 09/17/19 12:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Asking for help.

I will say this again Or else hes leaving folks!! Internet forums are notorious for people asking questions with zero research or effort to list model numbers. Some people get bothered by it. Others accept reality and help with the info available.
wopachop 09/16/19 08:59am Tech Issues
RE: Vent fans and a/c at the same time

I do it all the time amigo. Nice to have fresh air coming in. I actually have a blower that blows in fresh air. Also have a computer fan blowing out the roof vent. I adjust their speed as I see fit. Sometimes they're off. Sometimes full blast. Sometimes just barely on low.
wopachop 09/15/19 07:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is flooded equalization charge always timed?

Yeah mex bubbling a little too much. I see black splatter spots on the cardboard under the batts. Could also see it splattering up while taking measurements.
wopachop 09/14/19 11:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Is flooded equalization charge always timed?

I'm not too sure the SG was done increasing. Was closing in on 4 hours and my chicka brought home a new puppy. Been playing with him all night. I think I read trojan saying to perform their eq charge and repeat again at another time after 4 hours. Looking at my notes the weak cells were at 1.291 at 3h 30m and when I checked again at 3h 55m I saw close to the same. Batteries are label 2/19 and maybe have 10 cycles on them. Trojan says max capacity doesnt happen until 50-100 cycles is the reason I'm playing around with them in the garage. We don't get out camping as much as we would like.
wopachop 09/14/19 11:36pm Tech Issues
RE: App for fuel / generator storage?

Check out startron. Comes in a blue bottle. It's well respected in the dirt bike industry and also marine. Boat guys like it for absorbing water. Dirt bike guys like it to combat ethanol.
wopachop 09/14/19 07:47pm Tech Issues
RE: App for fuel / generator storage?

People say once a month. So I do it on the 1st. Usually forget and ends up being every 2 or 3 months.
wopachop 09/14/19 05:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Is flooded equalization charge always timed?

Im down for pretty much anything. Original plan was to set the charger to 11a and do the 5% charge. With the voltage limit at 16.2v but i was going to watch it and not let it go above 16.0v. Clicked start and it was up at 16.1x after a minute so i modified the amperage down lower. I like following recipes. Get a nice baseline before playing with the rules through experience and knowledge like landyacht. That voltage drop is still messing with my brain. If the recipe calls for 16.0v, shouldnt i ignore what the charger screen says and go with the battery voltage at the terminals? (i guess im gonna keep asking until someone says yes!?!?) I do see how the voltage drop becomes less as the charging amps decrease. But it appears the charging amps stayed up around 6a and that turned into about 1.5-1.8v difference between the batteries and my charger screen. It took just under 4 hours. They stopped around 1.290. Took in a total of 24000mah. They definitely bubbled more than the 1 bubble per second. So maybe i was too high throughout the entire eq charge.
wopachop 09/14/19 05:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Is flooded equalization charge always timed?

Got them charging now this is fun. The 5% charge shot them to 16.2 after a minute. Lowered to 8amps and then 6amps. Weakest cell started at 64 and is now at 80 after 2 hours. I bumped it to 6.5a which makes the charger say 16.20 volts. But down at the terminals its only 15.94v. When a place like Trojan is doing all their tests. Wouldnt they have a voltage meter attached direct to the terminals? So when they recommend a 16.2v equalization charge. That would mean at the battery itself? The SG is rising slow. I had the charger showing 16.00v for about an hour and the SG stayed at 1.274. I turned it up a bit to make the charger show 16.20v and then the SG rose up to 1.282 and 1.280 on diff cell. Makes me think i could crank the amps a little higher until i see 16.15 or 16.2v down at the battery and get the SG to rise and finish so i could end the equalization charge.
wopachop 09/14/19 03:11pm Tech Issues
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