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Video Transcript Thanks for watching Jabscotech.com. I’m Jeff Lander, and I’m Mark Harvey. Today we’re gonna show you how to winterize your Washdown Pump. On this episode, we gonna shoot down to the harbour, and do a hands on episode. Sound good Mike. Let’s get at it. Here we are in historic Salem Massachusetts. We’re on the Contlet, it’s a commercial dive boat. We’re gonna show you how to winterize your washdown pump. What you’re going to need. A flat screw driver, 3 feet of hose with some, and some of that, pink anti-freeze. That’s all you’re going to need. We’ll show you how to do it now. First, cut the power to the pump. And second, gonna go and close this sea cock. If the vessel is going to be out of the water for a while go ahead and tie that off. Grab your flat head screw driver, it goes right underneath the click, and pops that quick disconnect off the fitting. Now can come off fairly easily. So you got another fitting, with that short length of hose on it. That goes into the side of the pump. The locking connection goes down. And take the other end of that short length of hose, right into that 1 gallon container of anti-freeze.
We’re gonna head outside, turn the pump back on, pull the trigger. It’s gonna pump the anti-freeze right up, all the way through the system. Get your winterize very quick. Now watch what happens, when we apply power to the pump. Sucks it right up through the system. Now it’s going through the wire. Alright, so the pumps on, and we know that the anti-freeze is up to the pump. Go ahead and go outside, grab your trigger and squeeze it. First what’s going to happen is, going to be clear water coming out, either salt water or fresh water. Then the pink is going to start coming through. Once the pink comes through, you know that washdown pump, is winterized. Here we go, here is our pink. Shut it down, now this is good for the season, wait till summer. Alright. So now we just winterize the pump, to the outside of the vessel. It took about 7/8 of a gallon of anti-freeze. Don’t forget, there’s still gonna be water in that hose, that goes to the pump from the sea cock. You want to go ahead and try to figure out, how to get that water out, maybe pour some anti-freeze down into there.
Now the other way to do this, instead of using that little fitting that we talked about. Is to disconnect the hose right from the sea cock, and put that into a gallon of anti-freeze. That’s going to pull the anti-freeze up through the hose, up into the pump and out of the vessel. Another great way to do it as well. Don’t forget in the spring time, when you reattach everything, to open up your sea cock, before you turn that hose on. Let’s head back to the office and wrap things up. That was a cool afternoon on the gauntlet. Now we’re sowing you how to winterize one of our washdown pumps. It took us about 10-15 minutes. And one thing we need to make sure that we cover is there’s going to be a section of hose that goes from pump assembly down to the sea cock. Make sure you winterize that as well. You can try pouring some proprin glycol down in there. To get some of that water up, just waste that water. Or if you pull in the boat for the season, go ahead and open up that sea cock, dump the contents, close he sea cock again. And you good for the season. Jeff. Yeah Mike. It was a great afternoon, because I get to see you in cramp corners, trying to manoeuvre down there.
So that was worthwhile for me. But just a quick little recap. What you gonna need. A pink 4:06 glycol, 4:09 disconnect fittings, and a short little piece of hose. Use those, and the only thing left to do is, count down the days until spring time. Thanks for watching Jabsco Tech.com. I’m Jeff Lander, and I’m Mike Harvey. Check back with us soon. We have some more videos posted for you. read less