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When I flush the black tank (we have a tornado flusher installed) I will usually close the valve while the water is running so the black tank will fill. This allows the swirling action of the water to help pull out solids when I re-open the valve. Its a little risky, you have to avoid getting distracted while the tank valve is closed etc.

However, I have to keep asking my wife to check the tank display to insure I don't overfill the tank. What I am planning to try is to set up a second tank display on the outside near the flush valves in a small waterproof enclosure so I can monitor the tank levels myself when flushing.

Has anyone else ever tried this?


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Never tried it but I don't see why it wouldn't work. I'll bet you can use the same sensors and just add the second set of wires to them.

Another idea would be next time you use the Tornado to fill the tank have your wife time how long it takes. Then subtract a minuter two from that time and set a timer on your phone. As long as you have a decent charge in the phone and you remember to start the timer things will be good. The timer won't get distracted and when it goes off you just pull the dump valve.


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If you have a SeeLevel external sensor tank monitor system, they sell an add-on display panel for use at the valve location.


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Posted: 10/02/19 06:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One reason for flushing a tank is to keep the gauge working. I would never depend on the unreliable gauge to tell me the water level when filling.





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opnspaces wrote:

Never tried it but I don't see why it wouldn't work. I'll bet you can use the same sensors and just add the second set of wires to them.

Another idea would be next time you use the Tornado to fill the tank have your wife time how long it takes. Then subtract a minuter two from that time and set a timer on your phone. As long as you have a decent charge in the phone and you remember to start the timer things will be good. The timer won't get distracted and when it goes off you just pull the dump valve.

This^^^^^ I use the timer method!


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Posted: 10/02/19 07:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No need to fill the tank. The solids are on the bottom. I run my flusher while watching what comes out through a clear fitting at the start of the hose. I may close the valve briefly during the process but only for a minute or so. Been doing it this way for many, many years. Never a problem. As far as the gauges go, I never pay any attention to them as they never work.
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“This allows the swirling action of the water to help pull out solids when I re-open the valve”

Sufficient water in the black tank is all you need. IMO you are overthinking dumping. .


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B.O. Plenty wrote:

No need to fill the tank. The solids are on the bottom. I run my flusher while watching what comes out through a clear fitting at the start of the hose. I may close the valve briefly during the process but only for a minute or so. Been doing it this way for many, many years. Never a problem. As far as the gauges go, I never pay any attention to them as they never work.
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" Its a little risky, you have to avoid getting distracted while the tank valve is closed etc."


Next time you flush your tank turn off water to it and let it drain. Leave valve open place bucket under the outlet. Set timer for one minute turn on water to tank and then at one minute turn it off. How much water did you add to the bucket??? I set mine for 10 minutes and I guarantee I am not adding more than 30-40 gallons to a 50 gallon tank.

Set your phone timer for the appropriate time based on gallons.

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B.O. Plenty wrote:

No need to fill the tank. The solids are on the bottom. I run my flusher while watching what comes out through a clear fitting at the start of the hose. I may close the valve briefly during the process but only for a minute or so. Been doing it this way for many, many years. Never a problem. As far as the gauges go, I never pay any attention to them as they never work.
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You fill the tank because the mass of water above the solids creates a swirling action like when you flush the toilet and helps pull a *lot* of additional solids out. I have a clear elbow and see lots of additional material come out when I fill the tank and drain it as opposed to just letting the flusher run.

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