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Old 11-09-2016, 07:53 PM   #21
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yep, non of that info looked appetizing which is what give Liz and I some pause

i think i'll still use it on the kitchen and bathroom sinks and be careful about how i get rid of it in the spring,

i've cleaned out the toilet and the black.gray tanks. I'm thinking of just leaving the toilet alone - no anti freeze here on the wet-coast i'm not expecting very cold temps ....
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:36 PM   #22
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I winterized Prairie Schooner today, took a total of 10 minutes. Drained the fresh tank (hated doing this as it contained British Columbia water) pulled the water heater anode to drain. Went inside and turned the water heater bypass valves (2) and the ez-winterization valve (1), inserted the pickup tube into a gallon jug under the bed. Turned on the pump, turned on the faucet hot and cold each until pink showed, did the bathroom sink and toilet, went outside and did the outside shower. Took one gallon total and 10 minutes. I leave a small 400 watt oil filled heater on inside so it never gets below freezing for any period of time.
Thx much. That’s simple enough for me who was searching how to use winterizing t valve. Hope I do it right!
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:05 AM   #23
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... I've spent some time under our 17b's bed and can see two valves and I have shut both of them off.
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I've attached pictures which I hope may help explain what I am talking about.
Your first photo appears to show the winterizing T-valve beside the water pump... used to suck in antifreeze for winterizing, but not related to bypassing the water heater.

The second and third photos show plumbing around the water heater, including a bypass valve. Are these of the same valve? There should be two, as described in the drawing which baglo posted. These bypass valves are not really "on" or "off" because they're not closed in either position; they are in "use heater" or "bypass heater" positions. The valve's handle usually indicates the flow direction (either toward the heater or toward the bypass line), as the drawing shows.
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:38 PM   #24
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It should be mentioned that those who have the EZ winterizing have a third valve to turn.
What's the third valve? ...and where? (....will have to check my sales papers...don't remember if I ordered this or not.)
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:48 PM   #25
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Keep a pocketful of loonies and toonies, or slugs so you can fill up the deep socket to the point where it helps secure the anode nut. Makes it much easier to get the threads started if you can apply a little pressure to the anode nut.
Having read this was a big help. Thanks!
Didn't have adequate coinage, but found a paper napkin stuffed in quite well, and did a great job helping me seat the anode. Not sure if I would have thought to, so quickly, if I hadn't read the suggestion.

Did my first winterizing yesterday. Had to laugh - When pouring in the anti-freeze my neighbor called out "there's pink stuff coming out of the trailer!" Of course: had forgotten to put the cap back on the grey and black tank drain and turn the fresh tank valve back off.

No doubt, next year I'll make a different mistake
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What's the third valve? ...and where? (....will have to check my sales papers...don't remember if I ordered this or not.)
Ours is close to the hot and cold valves.
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Ours is close to the hot and cold valves.
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Old 10-13-2017, 02:09 AM   #28
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What's the third valve? ...and where?
As I said above, the first photo from LarryandLiz shows the winterizing valve. It is beside the water pump in their trailer.
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As I said above, the first photo from LarryandLiz shows the winterizing valve. It is beside the water pump in their trailer.
Thank you too!
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