Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on Cruisers Forums. Advertise Here
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-06-2015, 15:39   #1
Moderator
 
sailorchic34's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: SF Bay Area
Boat: Islander 34
Posts: 5,483
The Plumber friend / also the sailors friend

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.
__________________

sailorchic34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2015, 15:55   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: W Carib
Boat: Wildcat 35, Hobie 33
Posts: 11,248
Re: The Plumber friend / also the sailors friend

Yes, I have a plunger aboard too. Lots of uses.

A plumbing snake can be handy too. Good for clearing clogged air con water lines.
__________________

belizesailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2015, 16:17   #3
Moderator
 
sailorchic34's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: SF Bay Area
Boat: Islander 34
Posts: 5,483
Re: The Plumber friend / also the sailors friend

I have a plumber snake also . also good for cleaning out drains and running a new line Brown the boom
sailorchic34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2015, 16:54   #4
Senior Cruiser
 
DeepFrz's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Winnipeg
Boat: None at this time
Posts: 8,310
Re: The Plumber friend / also the sailors friend

Brown the boom. Norton throw the plumbers helper at the mast?
DeepFrz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2015, 18:19   #5
Moderator
 
Jim Cate's Avatar

Join Date: May 2008
Location: cruising SW Pacific
Boat: Jon Sayer 1-off 46 ft fract rig sloop strip plank in W Red Cedar
Posts: 15,136
Re: The Plumber friend / also the sailors friend

They can also be used to cover the area of a through hull as a temporary seal whilst replacing valves or other bits. i even know one (brave) chap who cut the hole for and installed a depth transducer whilst afloat, using a diver to hold the PH against the hull. Madness, but it worked. Doubtless chants were involved...

Jim
__________________
Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II cruising the Clarence river again
Jim Cate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2015, 18:32   #6
Senior Cruiser
 
FSMike's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Bahamas/Florida
Boat: Solaris Sunstar 36' catamaran
Posts: 2,686
Images: 5
Re: The Plumber friend / also the sailors friend

I don't think it would work well on a composting head though lol.
__________________
Sail Fast Live Slow
FSMike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2015, 18:37   #7
Senior Cruiser
 
senormechanico's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2003
Boat: Dragonfly 1000 trimaran
Posts: 6,787
Re: The Plumber friend / also the sailors friend

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim Cate View Post
They can also be used to cover the area of a through hull as a temporary seal whilst replacing valves or other bits. i even know one (brave) chap who cut the hole for and installed a depth transducer whilst afloat, using a diver to hold the PH against the hull. Madness, but it worked. Doubtless chants were involved...

Jim
Whoa ! And I thought I was brave drilling a hole for a keel cooler on a tide grid.
__________________
One should try to "Die Young" as old as possible.
senormechanico is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2015, 21:19   #8
Registered User

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2011
Location: Miami Florida
Boat: Ellis Flybridge 28
Posts: 3,629
Re: The Plumber friend / also the sailors friend

Fsmike for a composting head you need a kitty litter scoop.
__________________
Retired from Hopkins-Carter Marine Supplies
HopCar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2015, 01:23   #9
Registered User
 
wooden head's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: seattle ish
Boat: youngquist viking 34
Posts: 112
Re: The Plumber friend / also the sailors friend

I can't get my apprentice to do any of that except clearing the head. I guess my plumber's helper is just too demanding
wooden head is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2015, 01:25   #10
Registered User
 
wooden head's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: seattle ish
Boat: youngquist viking 34
Posts: 112
Re: The Plumber friend / also the sailors friend

For clearing the head a rocking motion helps as does a strong pull stroke. Sometimes if you can't push it through you can pull it back and either remove manually or break up and wash down.
wooden head is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2015, 07:04   #11
Marine Service Provider
 
fstbttms's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Under a boat, in a marina, in the San Francisco Bay
Posts: 3,957
Re: The Plumber friend / also the sailors friend

Quote:
Originally Posted by sailorchic34 View Post
...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.
fstbttms is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2015, 12:20   #12
Registered User
 
jkindredpdx's Avatar

Join Date: May 2011
Location: Portland, OR, USA
Boat: Hallberg Rassy 35'
Posts: 1,195
Images: 5
Re: The Plumber friend / also the sailors friend

nice thread... someone recently said every tool on board must have at least two uses. When I installed my composting toilet, I threw away the plunger. Now I can buy a shiny new one.
__________________
http://www.sednahr35.blogspot.com/ Jim K.
jkindredpdx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2015, 07:04   #13
Senior Cruiser
 
FSMike's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Bahamas/Florida
Boat: Solaris Sunstar 36' catamaran
Posts: 2,686
Images: 5
Re: The Plumber friend / also the sailors friend

Quote:
Originally Posted by fstbttms View Post
And in an emergency it can keep you from sliding off the barstool lol!
Good multipurposing fstbttms.
__________________
Sail Fast Live Slow
FSMike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2015, 08:16   #14
Registered User
 
CaptTom's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Southern Maine
Boat: Prairie 36 Coastal Cruiser
Posts: 1,628
Re: The Plumber friend / also the sailors friend

Quote:
Originally Posted by sailorchic34 View Post
Pretty much everyone knows that a toilet plunger and a bucket makes a passable clothes washer...you CAN use it to clear a blockage in a manual head.
I'm starting to see the wisdom in having more than one.
CaptTom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2015, 08:54   #15
Moderator
 
a64pilot's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Albany Ga.
Boat: Island Packet 38
Posts: 26,880
Re: The Plumber friend / also the sailors friend

Quote:
Originally Posted by CaptTom View Post
I'm starting to see the wisdom in having more than one.
Possibly mark them differently too?
__________________

a64pilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
lumber, sail

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is there a plumber in the house? rjrendemd Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 12 20-12-2011 21:25
Incompetent Plumber Recourse Microship Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 29 29-06-2010 20:06

Advertise Here


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:15.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.