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Old 07-02-2011, 18:04   #1
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Can anyone tell me how to replace the electrodes on the lectrasan toilet.
Do I need to disconnect wiring or pipes os just undo the locking screws.
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Old 07-02-2011, 18:45   #2
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whether you have 12 or 24 volt sys. doesn't matter other than you need to know to order new plate. serial no. will tell them. disconnect wiring undo all perimeter nuts/screws(nuts under lower lip of base) gently lift top off(you may have to work it a little to get it loose) the center divider in the base is the electrode. just lift it out and the new one sides right back in. to re-assemble just work in reverse. when you order new electrode make sure you get new gasket. bolts/ machine screws should be ok to use again
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Not sure where you're at, but they aren't legal in very many places in the US (none in the NE that I know of) within the 3 mile limit. And as new pump out stations come online, more and more areas will become no discharge areas.

That's why I ripped mine out and junked it last summer and plan to go with a composting toilet. Just my 2 cents.
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The lectraSan is legal wherever there is NOT a no discharge rule. That's pretty much everywhere on both coasts. Your marina may have it's own no discharge regulations. It's not a good idea to use it in such a concentrated group of boats, in any case. Healthwise, the discharge is biologically safer than what's coming out of your local sewer system, especially when it dumps million of gallons of untreated sewage when they have an uh oh.

I wish you all the joy in your composting toilet. They work okay if you don't use it much.

Unfortunately, our green weenie legislators see boat effluent as an easy target. Doesn't matter that no doscharge regulations have virtually no effect on water quality. It gives them a feather in their cap while they do nothing about the real causes of water pollution because that hits their paychecks. Expect we'll see more no discharge areas as time goes on. Outside of the US mainland, no discharge areas are few and far between.
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No Discharge Zones by state.

I am not sure it is as dire as "not legal in many places". There are some NDZs that seem inconvenient for use of type I and II MSDs though.
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As I mentioned, I've been up in the NE, Massachusetts and New York, and if you look the link FrankZ posted, you'll see what I mean. That said, the USCG has their hands full with Homeland Security stuff these days and don't seem overly concerned -- my boat's documented.

However, my guess is that the number of no discharge zones will increase as pump out stations become available.
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It seems hardly worth the effort to repair it to me. I have one and use it but, when it breaks, I'll get rid of it and go to a holding tank.
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It seems hardly worth the effort to repair it to me. I have one and use it but, when it breaks, I'll get rid of it and go to a holding tank.
Pull it out now and sell it while it still has some value. However, with a minimum of maintenance, it should last at least 20 years.
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Old 18-02-2011, 10:55   #9
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Lectra/San is not a toilet

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Can anyone tell me how to replace the electrodes on the lectrasan toilet. Do I need to disconnect wiring or pipes os just undo the locking screws.
It's device separate from the toilet into which the flush goes to be treated.

You need to do two things before taking anything apart:

1. Call Raritan for instructions to replace the electrode pack.

2. Read the instruction manual for it, which you can download and print from the Raritan website here: Raritan Waste Treatment
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Have you priced the electrodes? They are not cheap. I switched to fresh water toilets so mine is worthless to me.
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Have you priced the electrodes? They are not cheap. I switched to fresh water toilets so mine is worthless to me.
You just need to add salt. There's two ways to do that:

1. Install a salt tank. See the list of salt tank models here (when I've been here long enough they'll let me include links...for now, go to the Raritan site raritaneng.com and click on "waste treatment.") However, the one you'll need for pressurized flush water electric toilet is bit pricy...so...plan B:

2. Add salt to each flush. You'd have to make up a couple of gallons of the brine solution for the two gallon salt tank to create the right amount of salinity in the treatment tank, but once you've done that, all you have to do is put two coffee measures of solar salt into the bowl with each flush. I know several people who just keep a Rubbermaid "box" of salt in the head to do this.

And electrodes will last you a looooongg time with minimal maintenance (read the manual).
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If you decide to add a salt tank skip the one that Raritan sells. I bought one, it cracked in a couple months. They were great and sent me a new one. The second one cracked. I bought a 2 gallon gas can and put their little barb in it. Their tanks are paper thin.
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In response to one post, some boats do not have room for a holding tank. My boat does not. I feel fortunate Letra-Sans are still legal.
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In response to one post, some boats do not have room for a holding tank. My boat does not. I feel fortunate Letra-Sans are still legal.

Aye..

Though I want a Purasan instead.
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Na Peg, It still works and I still use it so I'll hang on to it. I'm not willing to contemplate installing a tank just yet!
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