Having to replace an original holding tank can seem like a huge task, but for the ‘Do it yourself’ minded – it can often be a lot simpler than first thought. Here’s how it goes:
- You’ll want to measure out your original tank (and any extra area that would allow you to upgrade to a larger tank) to allow you to find an appropriate replacement. Planning out and ‘mapping’ your plumbing is also part of this initial step. Make note of drain location on the original tank and any extra fittings/components that you may require to hook up the new tank.
- Find a replacement. Comparing by dimensions, you’ll want to locate one that will fit in the area measured in step 1. You’ll also want to consider how you will be mounting the tank. Replacements have a 1.25″ flange for mounting with brackets or screws, so ensure you’ll have room for whichever method.
- Remove your old tank if you haven’t already. Typically it involves removal of some screws and/or sliding the tank out of “L” type brackets. You may need to cut out some plumbing fittings and pull out some of the pipes to help configure the new tank.
- Figure out where to install the intakes on the new tank by putting it into place temporarily and marking where the inputs should be cut. Precision is important here – measure/mark twice, cut once!
- Pull the holding tank back out and use a cup saw to drill the input holes. There is usually one input (2″ fitting or 3″ fitting) and a vent (1.5″ fitting) in most configurations. Install the fitting using an ABS Glue and allow time to cure.
- While the tank is curing prepare all input plumbing to be installed in the tank (appropriate fittings, make sure they are cleaned and make certain you have glue ready).
- Place the tank back in & secure. Ensure the tank is lined up with all inputs. Use straps or banding to provide additional support to the belly of the tank.
- Connect all inputs with the appropriate fittings & glue. You’re done!
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