A head start
If there is one maintenance job that is most despised by boat owners it has to be repairing the toilet. Our MSD (Marine Sanitation Device), or head as it is often called, inconveniently decided last night to cease functioning. Fortunately what wasn’t working had nothing to do with getting rid of waste. What we couldn’t get the toilet to do though was bring in any water to flush. My troubleshooting went something like this:
- Stare at toilet. It just sat there.
- Pump handle. No water came in.
- Stare at toilet again. Same result as before.
- Go get some coffee.
- Look through large quantity of product manuals that David left me until I find the one for the head.
- Read manual. It pretty much says nothing about troubleshooting.
- Go back and stare at toilet. It looks the same as it did pre-coffee.
- Pump handle some more. Big surprise… no water came in.
- Glare at toilet.
- Go drink some more coffee.
- Google “Jabsco Marine Head Troubleshooting”
- Results of internet repair wizard: 1. Ensure water intake isn’t blocked, 2. Ensure gasket is making good seal.
- I am not a rocket scientist, nor even a toilet scientist, and it was a late night last night. How to check the above two things at this point has me stumped.
- More coffee!
- Take apart pump portion of head.
- Stare at inner workings. I think the toilet is laughing at me now.
- Put it all back together.
- Go and search through spare parts that David left me. Hmmm… a bunch of toilet parts!!! One of them even looks like what I imagine a gasket would look like!
- Disassemble toilet once again and swap spare gasket for its slightly floppy cousin that was inside the head’s pump
- Reassemble for the 3rd time.
- Voila! Water!
If cruisers collected badges like Boy Scouts I feel I should now have earned my “toilet troubleshooting” badge! Boy am I proud of myself. 🙂