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Old 09-19-2013, 12:10 PM
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Winterizing with toilet plunger question...

A toilet plunger perfectly represents how I feel about winterizing...seems like the season just got going. I have read a bunch on this topic and the fake "fake-a-lake" option that I like best is to fit a garden hose to a toilet plunger, suction the toilet plunger over the hull opening of the raw water intake (maybe prop it up with a 2x4 or just have my wife watch to make sure it doesn't fall off), attach a garden hose to the toilet plunger, fill a large outdoor garbage can with water and place it under one of the exhaust ports at the back of the boat (to catch 1/2 the exhaust water) and place the other end of the 8' garden hose in the water-filled garbage can, start the engine with water running into the garbage can. Will this work? I am concerned the suction of the raw water pump will collapse the garden hose or just not supply enough water. Should I just use a larger hose? If so, what size?
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Old 09-19-2013, 12:25 PM
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This is the way I do it. Here is my homemade instructions.




Step 1 - Find a 5 gallon bucket

Step 2 - Buy a 2ft section of PVC pipe
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

Step 3 - get 2 of these couplers 2" to 1 1/4"
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

Step 4 - Find a plastic fitting you can mount to the bottom side of your bucket that has an end that is 1 1/4 ID that you can mount to the coupler above and epoxy (or use marine GOO) to the bucket (you will need to drill a hole of course).

Step 5 - Stick a garden hose into your bucket and mount the system up to the boat-I have a DD so it was a straight shot. You may have to get creative with V-drive.
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Old 09-19-2013, 12:29 PM
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I would attach tsunami pump to garbage can to feed plunger.
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Old 09-19-2013, 12:32 PM
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My bucket method uses flexible hose to connect to the transmission cooler inlet. Transmission pump is turning and I like to have the cooling function. This also performance tests the entire water intake system.

I have a valve where the hose attaches to the tub for filling and holding while not running.

Tub then gets filled with RV antifreeze to winterize. I time ending amount of antifreeze with killing the engine with fogging oil.
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Old 09-19-2013, 12:40 PM
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I have nothing to add except - glad I live where there is no concern about a deep freeze. That is all.
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Old 09-19-2013, 12:41 PM
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Typically when people are using a plunger, they are hooking it directly to a garden hose.
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Old 09-19-2013, 01:18 PM
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I hook mine up before transmission. added flexible hose to it... so i can leave the raw water hose attached to bottom of boat.
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Old 09-19-2013, 01:39 PM
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Key is not to use a 100 foot hose from your faucet!

I just pull the port size intake hose off and connect this and a garden hose to the end. Use a 5/8 in garden hose. Have not had a problem with the hose being sucked together.

This is what they use at the dealer.
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:36 PM
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Key is not to use a 100 foot hose from your faucet!

I just pull the port size intake hose off and connect this and a garden hose to the end. Use a 5/8 in garden hose. Have not had a problem with the hose being sucked together.

This is what they use at the dealer.
I made one of those, too. Works perfectly.
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:29 PM
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I tried it with the plunger and a bucket and I couldn't get a good enough seal on the plunger for the boat to actually suck up through the plunger. Most times people use plungers they are hooked up to a pressurized water supply, not a bucket, so the seal isn't as critical.

What I suggest doing is putting the bucket of antifreeze in the boat and connecting a hose from the bucket directly to your raw water intake one way or another. In the past I have just pulled the raw water hose off the through hull fitting and stuck that big hose directly into the bucket of antifreeze. That works like a charm and it is only 2 hose clamps that need to be removed.
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