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Posted: 04/20/21 05:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you are a long-time Flo-Jet operator, you probably already know this.

After I cleaned out my tanks, I wanted to rinse out the pump unit while it was still attached to my RV by running a hose to the rinse valve of the pump.

I discovered that it is not a good idea to turn on the rinse port when the sewer gate valve is closed. If you do that, water will spray sideways out of the base of the unit, no matter how well the pump unit is sealed to the sewer's bayonet mount. This will happen even if the pump is running.

Not a disaster, but not fun, either.


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Posted: 04/20/21 11:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

?????

I have been using a Flojet portable since 2008
After dumping black/grey tanks I close the Dump Valves and open Rinse Valve on Flojet to clear pump and discharge hose

Never experienced any leaks from Bonnet Connection or pump casing

Not sure about your leak?????


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It's not a leak -- it's a mistake! Don't do what I did -- try to rinse the pump with the gate valve closed. That creates too much pressure, and the rinse water shoots out the side.

When handled properly, the Flo Jet does not make a mess at all.

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Posted: 04/21/21 05:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Turn the pump on before the water. Ease the water on slowly. Have over 60psi at home and have no issues.


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IIRC the instructions state that the rinse is for the tank so that requires the gate valve to be opened while rinsing the tank and the pump at same time.

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PastorCharlie, are you insinuating that I did not read the instructions carefully??

You're right, unfortunately.

And shum02, that is a good suggestion. If I ever get the courage to disobey the warning in the instruction manual, I will try it your way.

I can tell you for a fact that my way (turn the water on full blast!) did not work.

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Posted: 04/21/21 09:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Instructions state to close dump valves and turn on rinse water with pump on to clear pump and discharge hose

Also states 40psi MAX rinse pressure

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Who reads instructions. We are MEN WE KNOW how it works.
(Well at least I do after I read the Instrucitons [emoticon] )


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wa8, it is amazing how often I go back and read the instructions after I encounter a problem, only to find that the issue is addressed in the manual.

Oh, well. Lesson learned, at least this time. [emoticon]

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No negative reflection or disrespect intended toward anyone's post, but this incident reminds me of another incident that happened many years ago.

I was just finishing painting the gas pump island, crash bar, and side of the 6 inch rise of the walkway surround the convenience story of a fuel station. I had placed wet paint signs on all pumps both sides and pulled a 60 gallon trash can into the center of the drive between the pumps and store with wet paint signs on both approaching sides of it. As I was finishing, a gentleman pulled in at the pumps in a Ford truck and got out to pump his fuel and made eye contact with me. I placed a wet paint sign on the door above the handle and to the side of the handle and went inside and was talking to the manager at the counter. The gentleman finished pumping his fuel and came inside and said to me as he entered "I Think I Stepped In Your Paint" as he tracked it into the store.

I replied that I had been seeing the TV announcement by the 700 Club about their "Literacy Across America" program teaching adults to read. IIRC they were reporting that about 30-40 % of the Adult population could not read.

The gentleman Huffed, "I Have You Know I Read Your Signs."

I replied, "Now That Is Interesting."

He huffed out the store.

The moral of the story; He admitted that he could read and had in fact read the wet paint signs but yet walked in the wet paint. Its all about comprehension of what is read.


I learned having worked with thousands of adults and children over my career that the problem we have in America is not that we cannot read; we have a comprehension problem. Little children can read but they lack comprehension of much of what they read. We adults often do the same. We read but for some reason we arrive at the wrong conclusion about what we read.

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