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A/C Potable Water& Lavatory Tanks  
User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2881 posts, RR: 15
Posted (3 years 6 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5735 times:

Hello All :

I've been working for WN for 2 years, and I've been browsing through a-net for over a decade, I've often heard many folks here say that they have found some interesting stuff in both lavatory and potable water tanks of the A/C they have worked on. Is there any MX folks here who can please provide pictures of what the inside of these tanks look like? Also on a side note in your honest opinion ( especially those who also work around planes as well ) ever get somewhat interested in all the nasty stuff on a plane ( skydrol, lavatories, etc ). Anyways thanks in advance!

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User currently offlinem1m2 From Canada, joined Dec 2011, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5728 times:

I've never found anything in a lav or water tank but I can tell you that I can't stand Skydrol. It's a nasty purple liquid that smells foul and if you've ever had it in your eyes you learn to avoid it as much as possible. Now 5606, I'd like that to make a comeback! I've also been told that engine oil such as Mobil Jet II or 2380 is also quite bad for you.

User currently onlineDalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2891 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5675 times:

MD88 lav tanks are notorious for water bottles and full rolls of toilet paper. Why people put these in there I just can't figure out. They get found when the lavs get serviced. The tank dumps ok but will not hold any of the new precharge fluid. The bottle is stuck in the dump valve and must be retrieved.

User currently offlineplanenut767 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5588 times:

Water tanks I've never seen anything more than dirt and grime that's built up over an extended period of time. Lav lines and tanks are a different story. I've found cloth napkins, diapers, silverware , soap bottles, caked up masses of paper towels, and one time a wrist watch (keep in mind I'm counting vacuum and blue juice waste systems together). There's a story that's gone around where I work for years that guy taking apart a waste line on a 777 to clear a clog removed a dress of some kind that was causing the clog, not sure how true it is though. Basically the moral of my post is "DON'T PUT ANYTHING DOWN THE TOILET THAT ISN'T TOILET PAPER OR YOUR OWN BODILY WASTE !!!!!!!"

User currently offlinetod From Denmark, joined Aug 2004, 1767 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5533 times:

Dentures in a vacuum waste line.

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31875 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5191 times:

Cellphones get dropped in the recirculating type tanks, apart from pens & the odd ring  

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