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Old 07-20-2015, 06:33 PM   #91
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We have less than two weeks! Picking up pace as we get our water squared away!

We got a setup of a series of valves from the RV pickings! We modified it to our use, and justin learned how to "sweat copper". We will be using shark bite beyond the copper valve setup, and will have the valves under our sink for better insullation and management. Because we have limited time, we will not yet be using the grey water for toilet water. We have installed almost all of the tanks besides the freshwater. The valves we have will be something like this;

Hookup to either house water or fillup tank. When the fill up tank valve is closed, water will run directly into the sink, toilet, shower.
The house water also has a tank inlet, so we can close the hookup valve, switch on the water pump, and use the tank water.

I'm still working on how the hot water will work, but for now, it will be a t off the freshwater (tank or hookup) into the tank, then individual lines back up and into the sink and shower.

Lol, we wanted to see if the pumps worked, so I rigged them to a cigarette lighter deal and plugged it into my SUV... Old gnarly water came squirting out onto justin. We cleaned up and then went to test the second one. You'd think we would have learned the first time, but sure enough... Gnarly water all over him again! Lol!

We made and installed our cubbies for the clothes. We will go to Joanns fabric store and get the wood crates that fit in there soon. I still also need to get a cardboard backing. I have some OSB board that would fit as the backing, but there's really no need for the extra weight, IMO.


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Old 07-20-2015, 10:38 PM   #92
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Old 07-21-2015, 10:51 AM   #93
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Old 07-21-2015, 11:28 AM   #94
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I'd say your moving at record speed to get it ready! Keep us posted!
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I'd say your moving at record speed to get it ready! Keep us posted!
Yes, and they have a GREAT attitude and outlook.
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Old 07-23-2015, 04:12 PM   #97
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Thanks for all the positive feedback!!!


Last night, we hooked up the waterfor the first time!

The good news is that Justin's viper sweating and soldering worked!!! There were some issues though, of course.

The toilet would not stop filling, and the flush gasket doesn't seal. We had a bit of an overflow, but turned off the water and cleaned it up asap! We can't find any parts for the toilet locally, and so we are going to just purchase a new one for about $140. Kind of a bummer, but we would rather a toilet that works than risk water damage.

Our hot water tank was having leakage too, just on the sharkbite copper to pex fitting. We aren't sure why they are both malfunctioning but I think it's because the old copper pipes, that only run about five inches from the hot water tank, have expanded and thus don't fit the half inch fittings. We will have to return the fittings and remedy the problem.

Our grey water tank has a crack in it, but we aren't too worried about that. We will seal it and if it doesn't work, it's not too big of an issue.

Oh, and I got a strip of lights installed!!! They are the RGB led 8ft strip, we have two! They sure are fun and super bright!!! I installed them above the trim, on the edge/side of the ceiling panels.

We got our cubbies for under the bed, in from joanns fabric at $8 a pop. They look sooooo good and because they are long/deep... They provide us with a BUNCH of storage!

We got a little over a week left!! I will post photos when we are "done"! (Yes, "done" is a relative term... I doubt I will ever be "done" with the bus :P)
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Hi, long time commercial plumber. An AAV will work and not let the smell go. One thing to consider is most need to be at a minimum 6" above the trap of the fixture. I did not want mine exposed so I took the tank vent through the floor just beside the water to the toilet with an AAV(island vent)
It will not expel gas and will only inhale air. If it does then it needs to be replaced (put it in an accessible spot)
If you are on tanks and no discharge when you are full your full and your toilet is the lowest point so it has no where to go.
The only issue I have had is the vent will stick in the summer if not excersized regularly during the hot months.
I have been installed and only use 2-4 weeks a year cause we are working on mechanical and underneath storage on 1-day a week
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Oatey makes the Sure-Vent brand of AAV. Quoting from their product data sheet: "The purpose of an Air Admittance Valve is to provide a method of allowing air to enter the plumbing drainage system without the use of a vent extended to open air and to prevent sewer gases from escaping into a
building. An Air Admittance Valve is a one way valve designed to allow air to enter the plumbing drainage system when negative pressures develop in the piping system. The device shall close by gravity and seal the vent terminal at zero differential pressure (no flow conditions) and under positive internal pressures." (emphasis mine)

The AAV is a great thing for its intended purpose. But an RV with holding tanks is a closed system; when water goes into a holding tank an equal volume of air must come out. From the Oatey description of the AAV, it's clear that an AAV is the wrong part for this application because an AAV by design does not let air out.
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Old 07-25-2015, 06:43 PM   #100
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You have your own opinion. Go with it.
Hope it works for you
Advice is an opinion
I was speaking from experience and opinion
You and I both did not want exposed sewer vents?
Have you tried your tanks yet?
Mine work as expected.
I understand the perfect planning creates the perfect product.
I build 4-14 story buildings for a living as a plumbing and HVAC
If you do not want your vents exposed the the island vent is your option?
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If not drill another hole in the roof? That is another option or opinion?
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