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Old 05-16-2011, 12:42 PM   #1
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Plumbers Putty Used On Thetford

I'm going to guess I have the previous owner to thank for this- hopefully Thetford doesn't build them this way:



So when the clean tank was under pressure (say you live right next door to some 14,000 ft mountains....) water would leak out the tank/pump seal. Got a bit of wood damage and took forever to figure out where it was coming from.

So- what is the best way to remove plumber's putty and clean this up?

Ideas for putting it back? What glue/sealer would work?

Should I cash in and just replace the whole thing?
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Old 05-16-2011, 02:06 PM   #2
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Re: Plumbers Putty Used On Thetford

Replace it cause you'll never trust it... and inspecting the toilet is no way to camp
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Old 05-16-2011, 03:47 PM   #3
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Re: Plumbers Putty Used On Thetford

They DO build them that way

I replaced the bellows last year because it finally cracked. The toilet had leaked from day one. Daaa Should have taken it back. Anyway the putty comes reapplied to the service bellows. Easy to replace (instructions came w part) and has not leaked since I installed new bellows.

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Old 05-16-2011, 04:46 PM   #4
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Re: Plumbers Putty Used On Thetford

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They DO build them that way

Wow, whodda thunk that?

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Old 05-16-2011, 05:07 PM   #5
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Re: Plumbers Putty Used On Thetford

Wow, so not all bad things come from the PO!

So, do I clear the plumbers putty and do something else, or just add more putty? I think I'm going to add a pressure equalization system too to prevent this from happening in the future... (read: drill baby drill!)
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The water fill cap on my Packa Potti has vent slits on the outside and a 1/16th hole on the inside. Can see a rubber through the hole. SSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOO the fresh water side of the (MY) potti is vented by design. My fresh water leaking was happened when I "overfilled" the water tank. Got the water level above the bellows to housing seal. Then I got some drips to water on my rear RUBBERIZED floor

Look close at your fill cap.

The "gunk" on the replacement bellows was really sticky. Was covered with a waxed paper that was removed just prior to installing the bellows. So buy sticky gunk. Sorry, that is the only advice I can give. Not sure what store sells "sticky gunk".
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Re: Plumbers Putty Used On Thetford

I would clean the existing putty and replace it. Some of it may have dried enough to prevent a seal and starting fresh would seem to be easy enough.

Nothing is difficult to the person not doing the work..

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My cap is like that too- however it doesn't seem to relieve the pressure. Thought I'd go with a more failsafe method. Plumbers putty it is. Might back it up with some caulk.

Also, not a lot of slack with the inside tubes... going to be tough to reattach me thinks.
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Yes, everything is tight. I am surprised you could get apart in one piece. My broken part "had" to be cut out. It was a "dance" installing the new part.
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