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    I'm hoping this might work?

    I've installed a dedicated fresh water supply for our head, so my question is simply this.

    Would it be ok to add an odor control product like Sta-Bil, directly into the fresh water supply tank, through the deck hose? Instead of pouring into head and flushing to holding tank.

    I'm thinking it would be treated water at each flush?

    Would this be fine to do or will it cause some type of problem which I'm over looking?

    Thanks in advance for any insight that can be shed.

    #2
    The easy solution is to have everyone just drink a shot of Sta-bil when boarding the boat.

    That way your fresh water tank doesn't need to become contaminated w/ chemicals.

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      #3
      Corknbrew wrote:
      I'm hoping this might work?

      I've installed a dedicated fresh water supply for our head, so my question is simply this.

      Would it be ok to add an odor control product like Sta-Bil, directly into the fresh water supply tank, through the deck hose? Instead of pouring into head and flushing to holding tank.

      I'm thinking it would be treated water at each flush?

      Would this be fine to do or will it cause some type of problem which I'm over looking?

      Thanks in advance for any insight that can be shed.
      Do not pour this stuff into your fresh water tank! You would not want to drink it.

      use a product designed for the holding tank, and pour it into the toilet and flush, available at Walmart, one example:

      http://www.walmart.com/ip/Thetford-C...allon/16794637
      Pat says: DO-IT-RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!

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      Twin 350 GM power
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        #4
        wingless wrote:
        The easy solution is to have everyone just drink a shot of Sta-bil when boarding the boat.

        That way your fresh water tank doesn't need to become contaminated w/ chemicals.
        And I thought I heard everything! Sanitized before using the head. Good one.
        Pat says: DO-IT-RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!

        Bayliner 3870 "ALASKA33)
        Twin 350 GM power
        Located in Seward, AK
        Retired marine surveyor

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          #5
          boatworkfl wrote:
          Do not pour this stuff into your fresh water tank! You would not want to drink it.

          use a product designed for the holding tank, and pour it into the toilet and flush, available at Walmart, one example:

          http://www.walmart.com/ip/Thetford-C...allon/16794637
          Pat, he had a dedicated FW supply for the head system. IMO it should be alright to put the chemicals into the tank- thought I would wonder about the amount necessary to do the job properly....

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            #6
            wingless wrote:
            The easy solution is to have everyone just drink a shot of Sta-bil when boarding the boat.

            That way your fresh water tank doesn't need to become contaminated w/ chemicals.
            LMAO.. thats funny... we just add to the head the orange stuff for tanks and rv's.. you could hang one of those bleach thingies for cleaning toilets around the rim of the toilet an with each flush it works and no added stuff.. any store 3.00

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              #7
              Ok maybe read the entire question prior to giving a real smart reply?????

              Unless you drink out of your head on your boat, I myself try not to.

              This head has a dedicated tank for the head only! So it would be difficult to get drinking water from it, so maybe I can get a more serious reply, now?

              I case anyone doesn't understand what the word dedicated meant? That would be the same as "only for the purpose of".

              Thanks again for the less smart *** type of responses in advance.

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                #8
                The key to keeping the smell down is clean holding tank practices.

                First start by replacing the old waist lines. They get permeated after a while and will always smell bad no matter what you do to the holding tank.

                Try to eliminate any unnecessary hose runs. (Overboard discharge---unless you can legally dump where you boat)

                Try to keep as much of the hose above the holding tank as possible. This will help keep the new hose from having waist water sitting in it and permeating the hose again.

                Pump the waist water holding tank as often as possible, especially after heavy use.

                Make sure to rinse with fresh water and pump out the tank a second time.

                Put a cup of laundry detergent in the holding tank after each pump out. This will help dissolve the solids and keep the inside of the tank cleaner.

                This method has worked well for us. Our boat used to smell very bad until we changed the waist lines.

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                  #9
                  Am I missing something? Sta-Bil is a petroleum/ethanol product used for stabilizing the FUEL is it not? Do they make a holding tank product that I haven't seen?

                  If not I don't think I would dump it into a holding tank that might get pumped to the water. And I doubt the pump out stations would appreciate it either.

                  Of coourse this is moot if they make a holding tank product.

                  I would not see a problem with adding the holding tank products to the fw supply for the head. You ain't drinking it, it would add every flush, as long as you keep the ration in the roughly correct proportions. Wish I could have done that with the RV.
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                    #10
                    I apologize , I missed the dedicated point, sta-bil threw me off.
                    Pat says: DO-IT-RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!

                    Bayliner 3870 "ALASKA33)
                    Twin 350 GM power
                    Located in Seward, AK
                    Retired marine surveyor

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                      #11
                      I use a product called "Odorlos".

                      4 oz poured down the head after pump out and flush it. The stuff works.

                      Its available ina 64 oz container at WM with a built in measuring thingy. ( this size lasts me 2 years.)

                      There are many other simular but different formulated products. They use different chemicals to accomplish the same thing.

                      Another brand which is popular is "K.O." ( kills odor) by Raritan

                      Be very careful as to what you put in the holding tank. Some chemicals react with others and form dangerous gasses, and mixing some with other may delete the actions desired. Stay very away from any clorine products.

                      Before trying a new chemical, request a "MSDS" from the manufacturer. It will tell what not to mix with it, and especially, the danger to humans (and pets).
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                      "When the draft of your boat exceeds the depth of water, you are aground"

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                        #12
                        Corknbrew wrote:
                        I'm hoping this might work?

                        I've installed a dedicated fresh water supply for our head, so my question is simply this.

                        Would it be ok to add an odor control product like Sta-Bil, directly into the fresh water supply tank, through the deck hose? Instead of pouring into head and flushing to holding tank.

                        I'm thinking it would be treated water at each flush?

                        Would this be fine to do or will it cause some type of problem which I'm over looking?

                        Thanks in advance for any insight that can be shed.
                        Sta-bil is NOT for anything other than a fuel tank!

                        http://"http://www.goldeagle.com/bra.../products.aspx

                        This goes inline between thru hull for head and head itself. Puts pre-treated water thru your head into you HOLD TANK! Avail at WM

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                          #13
                          Sanitized before using the head.
                          That's why I tell the admiral I drink so much whisky.

                          Are you trying to solve a problem with odors inside the boat? In the bilge? Or the odor released from the vent when you flush? If the latter, why?

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                            #14
                            Sorry I meant this type of product

                            SEALAND MaxControl Advanced Holding Tank Deodorant not Sta-Bil, sorry

                            And we have all new lines, tank, no y-valve and all short runs with no line saggs.

                            I'd think the product would be added at a ratio based on a full tank of water?

                            I'm envisioning it like "Tiddy Bowl" but the household toilet has a tank that you add Tiddy Bowl to.

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                              #15
                              msd58 wrote:
                              Sta-bil is NOT for anything other than a fuel tank!

                              http://"http://www.goldeagle.com/bra.../products.aspx

                              This goes inline between thru hull for head and head itself. Puts pre-treated water thru your head into you HOLD TANK! Avail at WM

                              http://"http://www.tankette.com/" wr....tankette.com/
                              Glad it wasn't just me. 10 post's before someone commented about not using Sta- Bil !

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