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    Qest to PEX Freshwater Lines Repair/Replace-gctid824216

    Just thought I would share Another one of my projects involving failed/failing Qest compression fittings and tying new PEX line into the existing plumbing.

    I originally noticed that the freshwater pump would cycle every 30 minutes or so. I had figured the pump was leaking internally and bleeding pressure back through the diaphragm. Once I started showering on the boat, I decided it would be better to just run the hose to the city water input. I noticed a fizzing sound one night and after finding part of the bilge under the sink full of water I traced the sound to behind the access panel under the galley sink. As you can see in the pictures, the one compression nut has completely failed and looks like it has been weeping for a long time. The other compression nut is on it's way out. A survey of the rest of the fittings in the boat revealed a couple cracked nuts, but no leaks. With the good nuts I've saved, I'm going to repair the other couplers on the boat. Long term goal is to replace everything with new PEX. Only thing left for me to do to finish this part of it up is zip tying the new lines to the cable run. Pics below. Instead of using the PB to PEX coupler sold by Sharkbite, I found the female swivel adapter fits the threaded end of the "T" just fine so the new lines are complete with no splices.




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    . . .It places the lotion in the Basket. . .and that basket happens to be in a 1987 Bayliner 3870 w/ Hino 175's

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    . . .It places the lotion in the Basket. . .and that basket happens to be in a 1987 Bayliner 3870 w/ Hino 175's

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      #3
      Excellent work Beans! I'm planning on removing the hand pump toilets and installing fresh water electrics and hadn't gotten to the water supply issue yet. Problem solved!
      P/C Pete
      Edmonds Yacht Club (Commodore 1993)
      1988 3818 "GLAUBEN”
      Hino EH700 175 Onan MDKD Genset
      MMSI 367770440

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        #4
        Great job CB! Thanks for taking the time to share!

        Did you increase the ID size of the new lines by any chance?

        .
        Jim Gandee
        1989 3888
        Hino 175's
        Fire Escape
        [email protected]
        Alamitos Bay, SoCal

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          #5
          Thanks! I'm trying to contribute in anyway possible

          Jim, I installed 1/2" PEX line, if that's what you mean? The stock PB is 3/8" dia. inside. I guess I did, but not on purpose, hehe. I don't think you can buy less than 1/2" water supply line, at least that's what they had at Home Depot...
          . . .It places the lotion in the Basket. . .and that basket happens to be in a 1987 Bayliner 3870 w/ Hino 175's

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            #6
            That old gray stuff is the worst!!
            1989 Avanti 3450 Sunbridge
            twin 454's
            MV Mar-Y-Sol
            1979 Bayliner Conquest 3150 hardtop ocean express.
            Twin chevy 350's inboard
            Ben- Jamin
            spokane Washington

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              #7
              Cool, I was thinking that a larger diameter line would get more water to the shower, which in my boat is adequate but not what I'd like.
              Jim Gandee
              1989 3888
              Hino 175's
              Fire Escape
              [email protected]
              Alamitos Bay, SoCal

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                #8
                Hey, where did my pictures go?

                Jim, the new lines are 1/2" which is greater then the original lines...but all the fittings are 3/8" so you have the same restrictions and I don't know if you would notice any improvement in flow. With dock water or the 3gpm freshwater pump I find I have a nice shower stream with the right shower head. It is a cheap box store shower head with an option for "high pressure" which I have it set too.

                I think if you bump the volume of your down stream lines you need to up the volume your pump can supply. You might need a bigger pump? An extreme example: on a 44 foot trawler I looked at, I believe it had a 1/2hp well pump with a 15 gallon expansion tank on top. It had no problem supplying a nice stream of water inch:
                . . .It places the lotion in the Basket. . .and that basket happens to be in a 1987 Bayliner 3870 w/ Hino 175's

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                  #9
                  I'm not anchored out much so conservation isn't top priority. I'd go to a bigger pump if I had to, as well as larger lines to get a good shower! But this project's not at the top of the list right now. Next project is to recarpet the interior.
                  Jim Gandee
                  1989 3888
                  Hino 175's
                  Fire Escape
                  [email protected]
                  Alamitos Bay, SoCal

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                    #10
                    I hadn't thought of using PEX piping. I was planning and dreading using CPVC to re-plumb the entire boat. I was have a difficult time trying to figure out adequate ventilation for the solvent and glue (which make me woozy and sick to my stomach). Thanks for the show and tell, and by the way, good job.

                    Greg
                    Newport, Oregon
                    South Beach Marina
                    1986 3270 with twin 110 HP Hino diesels. Name of boat "Mr. Darcy"
                    Past work history: Prototyping, tooling, and repair for Reinell,. General fiberglass boat repair starting in 1976.
                    Also worked as heavy equipment mechanic, and machinery mechanic for over 30 years.

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                      #11
                      Jim, check your shower heads rated GPM output and compare it to your pump. Up to 1992 they were rated for 3.5 GPM, after 1992 2.5 GPM...and I think now you can get 2.0 GPM shower heads.

                      Can anyone see the 4 pictures in my first post? They were there for a day, now they are gone for me...I will repost them if I need to!

                      And thanks Greg!
                      . . .It places the lotion in the Basket. . .and that basket happens to be in a 1987 Bayliner 3870 w/ Hino 175's

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                        #12
                        They're still viewable on my feed. Nice work, too!

                        Jim- I'm with you. New carpet is next on my list as well. We thought about hardwood but as we live aboard we'd prefer carpet underfoot in the winter.
                        Drew Haas
                        1998 4788 "Painkiller"

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                          #13
                          "Jim Gandee" post=824491 wrote:
                          I'm not anchored out much so conservation isn't top priority. I'd go to a bigger pump if I had to, as well as larger lines to get a good shower! But this project's not at the top of the list right now. Next project is to recarpet the interior.
                          Jim, I'm sure you've checked for and removed any flow restrictor, right?
                          Jeff & Tara
                          (And Ginger too)
                          Lake Havasu City, AZ

                          2000 Bayliner 3388
                          "GetAway"
                          Cummins 4bta 250s

                          In memory of Shadow, the best boat dog ever. Rest in peace, girl. July 2, 2010

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                            #14
                            I've checked the size of the shower nozzle, blockage and contamination and restrictions. I was kinda wondering if larger diameter lines would help cure the hot/cold sensitivity issue with the shower faucet.
                            Jim Gandee
                            1989 3888
                            Hino 175's
                            Fire Escape
                            [email protected]
                            Alamitos Bay, SoCal

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                              #15
                              Probably not. Every RV and boat we've had (when on the 12v. pump) has the same issue to some degree.
                              Jeff & Tara
                              (And Ginger too)
                              Lake Havasu City, AZ

                              2000 Bayliner 3388
                              "GetAway"
                              Cummins 4bta 250s

                              In memory of Shadow, the best boat dog ever. Rest in peace, girl. July 2, 2010

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