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    First off, I'm going through one of those phases when a lot of stuff I own is breaking. Ice maker bit the dust, two lawn sprinkler heads cracked, radio in my trusty SLK stopped working, lost an alternator on the boat........the list is longer but you get the idea. I went down to the boat a couple days back to piddle around with some stuff and went to use the head. No vacu flush pump. Checked the circuit breaker and it was fine. All other a/c connected to shore power one working. So I pulled up the carpeting (my wife made a carpet to cover the original 20 year old factory one) opened the hatches and started checking wiring. No voltage at the pump. I kept hitting the flush lever to see if it would activate the pump but nothing. As you know, when you do this without vacuum, the head will spray a fair amount (like a mini volcano).

    I started tracing wires and found the one that goes from the pump to.............the little switch next to the head that says 'sleep'. Apparently someone on the 4th decided to turn it to sleep mode.' So basically after 20 mins of swearing and pulling up carpeting, the solution was right under my nose. Lesson learned.
    Doug
    Hanging Loose
    98 Carver 350 Mariner
    2013-
    KRUSTY KRAB
    2001 305
    5.7 BII
    2006-2013

    #2
    Simple stuff first......yeah, like I do that every time. Not!
    P/C Pete
    Edmonds Yacht Club (Commodore 1993)
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      #3
      . . . . uh-oh . . . you mean there's a "sleep" mode switch for the vacu-flush head? Oh man, the Admirals gonna have MY head if she finds out about that . . . shoot, now I have to go find out where there might be and even if I have one!! . . . :sick:

      . . . she's already upset about hearing that "kachunka, kachunka, kachunka" sound when someone goes in the middle of the night . . . . think there's a silent mode I read about earlier . . . . hmmmm
      1998 Avanti 3685 - "Dad's Dream" w 454 Mercs - for sale - Dredge Harbor, NJ
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        #4
        When I had a vacu-flush, I switched the power lead to the water pump switch. So, no pump, no flush, no noise.
        Jeff & Tara (And Ginger too)
        Lake Havasu City, AZ
        |
        Current: 2008 Playcraft 2400 MCM 350 Mag B3
        2000 Bayliner 3388 Cummins 4bta 250s (SOLD 2020)
        2000 Bayliner 2858 MCM 7.4 MPI B3 (SOLD 2018)
        2007 Bayliner 305 MCM twin 350 Mag B3s (SOLD 2012)
        2008 Bayliner 289 MCM 350 Mag Sea Core B3 (SOLD 2009)
        And 12 others...
        In memory of Shadow, the best boat dog ever. Rest in peace, girl. 7-2-10

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          #5
          "Dadrock33" post=816481 wrote:
          . . . . uh-oh . . . you mean there's a "sleep" mode switch for the vacu-flush head? Oh man, the Admirals gonna have MY head if she finds out about that . . . shoot, now I have to go find out where there might be and even if I have one!! . . . :sick:

          . . . she's already upset about hearing that "kachunka, kachunka, kachunka" sound when someone goes in the middle of the night . . . . think there's a silent mode I read about earlier . . . . hmmmm
          If you have one, it should be near head itself. It turns off the circuit for those that are too lazy to walk the 3 steps to the breaker panel. I suppose in big boats, it makes sense but in my 35 footer, it's kind of dumb.
          Doug
          Hanging Loose
          98 Carver 350 Mariner
          2013-
          KRUSTY KRAB
          2001 305
          5.7 BII
          2006-2013

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            #6
            I'm not lazy or dumb. Not sure about your vacu-flush, but mine was 12 volt, no breaker, that's why I connected it to the (12 volt) water pump switch, that needed to be on to flush anyway.
            Jeff & Tara (And Ginger too)
            Lake Havasu City, AZ
            |
            Current: 2008 Playcraft 2400 MCM 350 Mag B3
            2000 Bayliner 3388 Cummins 4bta 250s (SOLD 2020)
            2000 Bayliner 2858 MCM 7.4 MPI B3 (SOLD 2018)
            2007 Bayliner 305 MCM twin 350 Mag B3s (SOLD 2012)
            2008 Bayliner 289 MCM 350 Mag Sea Core B3 (SOLD 2009)
            And 12 others...
            In memory of Shadow, the best boat dog ever. Rest in peace, girl. 7-2-10

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              #7
              "Dadrock33" post=816481 wrote:
              . . . . uh-oh . . . you mean there's a "sleep" mode switch for the vacu-flush head? Oh man, the Admirals gonna have MY head if she finds out about that . . . shoot, now I have to go find out where there might be and even if I have one!! . . . :sick:

              . . . she's already upset about hearing that "kachunka, kachunka, kachunka" sound when someone goes in the middle of the night . . . . think there's a silent mode I read about earlier . . . . hmmmm
              Well, just don't tell her! I think the idea behind it is so you can turn it on when you are in the head and activate the pump. That way you don't hear the pump running in the middle of the night when you loose a little vacuum (which they always do). I've heard about the new 'silent' pumps but I've also read that they aren't much quieter than the standard. As ours in under the floor in the stateroom, we'd probably still hear it. It's a complete first world problem.............."the waste pump in my yacht can be a little loud'.
              Doug
              Hanging Loose
              98 Carver 350 Mariner
              2013-
              KRUSTY KRAB
              2001 305
              5.7 BII
              2006-2013

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                #8
                I have a pull switch next to the head that shuts off 12v. However, the guest head will lose vacuum every 6 or so hours and pump for 6 seconds. With the boat in California & in slip, we adopted the drought STATE philosophy, "if it's yellow, let it mellow" reducing flushes and tank content.

                We are NOT LIVE ABOARDS, but close.

                I have the holding tank pumped out every other week to keep things under control.

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