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Old 08-25-2012, 10:23 AM   #15
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Thanks Donna got it!

Now I know that ever girl needs a Pneumatic saw, who knew!

Edit: cool that he used a deck plate on the side of hatch to make it easy to get at the tank drain as well! got to have that!

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Old 08-25-2012, 10:32 AM   #16
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Several other threads I've read about installing a deck plate involved using a drill for a pilot hole (and bolt holes) and a dremel tool. There are always many ways to do something. Just finding out what works best for YOU is the trick

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Old 08-25-2012, 10:56 AM   #17
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Thanks Donna, I just read through and I see the Dremel use - just so happens I do indeed have one of those but havent actually ever used it to cut fiberglass - looks way to easy!! LOL
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:58 AM   #18
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Cleaning the Water System

A deck plate is a nice cleaning method for the tank. To clean the entire system including the pipes, at least to partially sterilize them, you need to add bleach to the tank and run chlorinated water thru the pipes.

Driving about with chlorinated water will add agitation to the process.

Before you drive around you might add a lot of water and a bag of ice cubes to the black tank to shake things up.

Though we do this once a year we've never had a bad water experience.
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:10 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by Filbert V. View Post
Living in earthquake prone Caifornia, we keep the trailer fully stocked, and ready to use as an earthquake shelter should our house be uninhabitable after "the big one".
We do this also, but we include recycling into the process since water is such a scarce commodity here at the bottom of the left coast. It all starts every morning in the bathtub. Our home water heater is on the opposite side of the house from the bathroom. Before I shave every morning, I place a 2-1/2 gallon plastic jug under the bathtub spigot, turn on the hot faucet, and feel the side of the spigot to determine when all of the cold water has been pushed out of 35' of pipe between the water heater and the bathtub. I usually capture a little over a gallon each morning, minimizing the water that would have been wasted waiting for the water at the sink to be hot enough to wash with.

I have 4 of these jugs, that I keep in the corner of the room in the dead space between the end of the original antique claw-foot bathtub (our house was built in 1918) and the wall. They are an emergency water supply for the house. To have an empty one ready to catch cold water each morning I take them and pour into the Fiber Stream's fresh water tank.

A 2-1/2 gallon jug is a convenient size to pour into the water tank fill port using a funnel with a long spout. The Fiber Stream's fresh water tank drain line is connected to a "Hose Bibb" faucet. Once the tank is full (about 4 jugs worth) Robert draws off water into a sprinkler can that he uses to water all of the pots and containers of plants we have.

So, while we don't always have all of our jugs and tank full all of the time, they are full much of the time. Water that might have been wasted never sits in a container long before it is eventually used, and the containers are continually flushed out and refilled.
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:50 AM   #20
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I figure that it's better to keep the earthquake supplies in the trailer under the carport, just in case the house is too damaged to enter, or worse yet, burns down. There's NO way the carport is going to fall down, and even if it did, I'm sure the trailer might end up cracked her and there, but not totaled. The trailer itself would just ride out the jolts and aftershocks, and the water in the tank would be for emergency use only, and more than likely for washing rather than drinking. I keep cases of bottled water in the trailer for drinking use, and also use it for our vacation rental on our property, so it never gets old from sitting around. The canned goods get changed out once a year, and we also have the trailer stocked with toilet paper, an ax, leather boots, etc. Pretty much everything the Red Cross recommends for that crucial 72 hour period. We had that big blackout here last fall, and it really gets you wondering how we'd survive without electricity for very long! Those were the longest hours of my life, but our solar landscaping lights sure came in handy, and much safer than candles
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:02 PM   #21
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Hmmm... I bet the stuff I use to sterilize my home-brewing equipment might be the ticket for this. It doesn't leave any after-tastes.

There is quite a difference in what you use to sanitise your equipment and what you use to sterilize you equipment. Home brewers often use sanitizers where as bleach does both.

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