... I Hope!
Ran... or Rolled... up to the local Ace yesterday morning... wind crankin', as is usual... and swapped out for another package of Epoxy. Got a different variety this time, that wasn't in stock the other day, made specifically for ABS plastic...
Hmmm... maybe the Boss was watchin' out for me, after all, one more time?
Anyhoo, took it back to the rig and went to work... I decided to cut the fiberglass cloth into a few smaller pieces, to be easier to deal with, in the wind...
Outside of the fact that there really wasn't quite enough epoxy in a single tube to do the repair as I wanted... it came off pretty well.
I'm gonna get another tube, as soon as they restock... to put another layer of epoxy over the top... that's where it ran a lil' short...
Seeing as we'll still be parked here for a bit... I'm gonna leave the insulation off, and check the repair for a bit... just to make sure it's a done deal...
But... four bucks for the epoxy... something like $3.50 for the fiberglass tape... a lil' bit of gas, rollin' back and forth to deal with that damn Murphy fella... is a whole lot better than a couple hundred for a whole new RV Black water tank... not to mention the ordeal of replacing it... if you do it yourself... or the $$$ an RV shop is gonna hit you for... if They have to go muckin' out your sewer system! ... so if you have a crack or two... just fix it! :o) ... just remember... this is one job NOT meant for Duct Tape!
That and, as it turns out, I was holding my ears wrong, when I was trying to get the handle off the new valve. I was bein' just a mite to gentle... didn't want to screw it up, if I needed to return it... so I was holding the shaft of the valve in 'padded' pliers so I wouldn't mar it and make it "Non-returnable". Turns out... chuck the padding. Hold the stainless steel shaft directly in the pliers... and forget that nonsense that my ol' kiester has the ummmphhh left to scratch stainless steel! :o) ... and the handle comes right off...
... so all that's left is to pump the tank tee total dry and empty,. Unbolt the old valve, which is not holding real tight anyhoo... and bolt in the new valve...
Then... pick up the replacement insulation, and some material to put in a new belly pan (the old is a lil' cracked here and there... so I'll replace it too)
But... not today... supposed to climb into the 70's... so I'm gonna climb on Red ... and put my Knees in the Wind!
Take Good Care
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