So I have a toilet plunger on the boat. Actually I have several. I would not leave the dock
with out a few.
Pretty much everyone knows that a toilet plunger and a bucket makes a passable clothes washer. There are however several other areas where the plumbers friend comes in handy for the sailor.
First, you can use it as a hand hold while cleaning
the boats hull
. Just press it to the hull
and slide it about. Though I found out that a lanyard is highly recommended as one of mine did not float. Chants were said...
Second I use one to clean out clogged cockpit
scuppers of hair, and other "stuff" It does yomens work. Works far better then any other method I've tried. I did that today, which is where the idea (be it good or bad) came for this post.
Last but farrrr from least, you CAN use it to clear a blockage in a manual head
. To do so, you need to set the head
pump lever to the top of the upstroke. then making sure there is some fluid in the bowl, gently and I really can not stress this enough, Gently, plunge the bowl.
Gently, as a too forceful action, will result in a unpleasant er, backflow and will generally make a bit of a mess of things. Repeat till the stoppage is cleared. I find it helpful to say chants while plunging, generally with chants with four letter words. Specially if too much force is used.
I've been successful cleared several stoppages over the years in the marina head with a plunger.