Thanks to all for their replies.
First, to confirm safety standards were/are being employed: the locker is in compliance with ABYC standards with drain on bottom which immediately exhausts overboard. Locker was emptied, small holes in fiberglass
fixed, drain and hose replaced, ect 2.5 yrs ago & checked yesterday. Nothing else is in the locker. Tank (aluminum - apx. 3 gal), regulator, solenoid were purchassed apx. 2.5 yrs ago and installed by professional mechanic
. Solenoid replacement was completed by mechanic
from a major yard in Solomons in April '08 who thought the solenoid was defective (note that he over-tightened copper connector & it failed next day
). I assume solenoid is of the "low pressure" type but, I do not have info readily available and will research
today/tomorow before having unit re-installed.
Again, thanks for confirmation on several issues:
solenoid must be in the locker
placement before/behind regulator must be confirmed/corrected if necessary
will have wiring to panel switch checked (again).
unless someone advises differently, will continue opening locker cover and monitoring it while the stove is on.
Will attempt contact separately with Paul B. as he lives within a few miles of me and I'd like follow-up on local mechanics, and his recommended type of solenoid. (firstname.lastname@example.org