Thread: Bailer Lines
11-15-2007, 05:40 PM #1
Sooo I figured that after owning MID LIFE CRISIS 2 for 2+ years, I probably should start heeding the advice I've seen here numerous times regarding the Bailer Tube connections.
I'm replacing the the zipties with clamps, but I've got a couple of questions:
1. Following from the pump, the hoses go into two 3" gray tubes, are these one-way valves?
If so, their arrows should BOTH be pointing towards the pump (flow out)correct?
2. From there, the hoses go to 2 90 degree bends, is there ANY reason for these elbows?
3. Is there ANY reason these hose assemblies are probably 3+ feet long, going from the pump all the way up to the top of my hull opening and back down to the bailers? I'd like to shorten these assemblies, reduce the # of clamps used to reduce possible problems, and clean this mess up.
discuss (or lecture me, I don't care)
11-15-2007, 05:55 PM #2
those yellow 90 degree plastic fittings also have pin holes in them
you pretty much need all those pieces and the hoses up high to prevent a reverse siphon situation.
11-15-2007, 06:08 PM #3
11-15-2007, 06:33 PM #4
What shib said. you need them long and up high to prevent it working backwards. Just replace the zips with clamps and leave everything else alone. ok , buddy? you dig? you hear what we is saying?
11-15-2007, 06:57 PM #5
11-15-2007, 07:12 PM #6
JP... i know what u mean and i left this thread hoping it would come back to me, but physics, fluids, science was never my thing... someone once explained them elbows and pin holes to me and i can't remember all the particulars of it..
take em out and let us know if u sink or float, k? lol...
check-valves only work so much... usually they need alot of reverse pressure to fully close... otherwise water can trickle past it and it would stay slightly open.
11-15-2007, 08:00 PM #7
If the bailer tubes were to fill and start siphoning water from the outside of the hull in... then the pinholes in the elbows would allow air to enter the hoses, effectively breaking the siphoning effect. The pinholes would be under vacum from the pump in normal running operation and are sucking a tiny amount of air into the line along with any water that might be in the hull.
The grey check valves were only used on select model years... I don't think that my skis ('06 & '07) have them in the bilge lines... I think I had them on an '05 though.
11-15-2007, 08:06 PM #8
thanks boys, I'll leave well enough alone...
11-15-2007, 08:12 PM #9
06-28-2008, 05:10 PM #10
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Can anybody tell me why water is coming out of my vent holes in the 90 degree conections in the bailer lines. happens when i am in reverse and sometimes when i let of the throttle. I ride in salt somtimes and i don't what salt water pissing all over everything. Thanks.
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