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Just wondering if anyone uses Cam-Lock couplers and if so, could you give me your opinion on them? I'd like to switch out all my connections with them but just not sure if this is the way to go.

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I use them, but you've got to watch what you buy. The ones from tractor supply are pretty decent and the ones from a Fla. supplier are junk.



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I used to, but changed up the rig to where they weren't needed.

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I have been using them also I'm glad I switched they work great for flushing out the pump and hoses I haven't had any leaks yet I bought mine from TSC Tractor Supply. 



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I use the ones from Tractor Supply as well. No problems so far.

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oh yahhh,,,, just founfd this. what do you think of these? Stainless for a reasonable price. I think Chris T. said stay away from SS but still have to ask...

http://www.bargainfittings.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=140



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Joe, when you get some time, can you post a pic or two of your 3-way set up? I'm getting a second pump and want to be able to switch between pumps quick when one of them craps the bed. What's up whith the cam-locks? Did they leak?



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I'm not finding the smaller fittings. I use Delavan pumps and looking for 1/2" MPT. I left my "cheater" glasses in the truck and barely see the screen so I might have been looking right at it and missed it.

 

http://tsc.tractorsupply.com/search?zone=&env=&w=camlock&searchButton.x=40&searchButton.y=8



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i used to use them, they sucked and i hated them.. now i have a 3 way valve between the roof tank and the pressure washers reserve tank.. all i have to do is turn the valve to clean out the pump and hose reel.. no more cam lock crap.



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Roof Cleaning Tallahassee wrote:

Joe, when you get some time, can you post a pic or two of your 3-way set up? I'm getting a second pump and want to be able to switch between pumps quick when one of them craps the bed. What's up whith the cam-locks? Did they leak?



-- Edited by Roof Cleaning Tallahassee on Monday 25th of June 2012 08:22:43 PM


 sure ill snap a pic of the truck tomorrow.. they didnt leak, they just sucked to change when it was time to clean the pump.. you get roof stuff all over, and its just a pain in the ass... turning a valve while the pump is even running is so much easier.. so no i have no excuse not to clean the pump and reel... I use a air pump not electric by the way.. 



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3 way ball valves are the way to go.  I use 2 of them, but they have their place and so do couplers.  I use the first 3 way ball valve to select my input, water (to flush) or SH.  The second after the pump so I can either send to the roof cleaning hose or back to the SH holding tank.  The latter is nice to get the air bubbles out of the system.  This way you co not have to worry about SH coming out when you change the banjo fittings when you need to change a pump.  I have 2 air pumps and 2 - 12 volt pumps for redundancy.  Yes the break at the worst time.  Plumbing all that with valves would be a pain in the azz and not cost evvective in regard to couplings.

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I saw a dual 12v set up with cam-locks and it looked pretty clean. My only concern with the 3 way would be all the connections and more possibility for leaks. It's still on the drawing table so I'm keeping an open mind to all options.

I'd start a thread called " Show Your Plumbing"  but with this group, it would likely turn X-rated...haha 

Marcus, thanks for the Alsco link. Great store!



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I use them. They are great. At first I did not think they would hold up, but they have. I get the from Tractor supply also. Only thing is, the TS by me never has the gasket for the size I use. They only stock the bigger size.

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I buy mine from Alsco Industrial Products.  Price is resonable and a very large variety.



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Roof Cleaning Tallahassee wrote:

My only concern with the 3 way would be all the connections and more possibility for leaks.

 I use "Loctite Stick'n Seal Outdoor Adhesive" in the place of teflon tape to seal the connections between the hoses & the 3 way.  You can unscrew it but it is hard but it does not leak.  I glue all threads.  I run 2 of them on my rig every day on either sie of my roof pump.



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I avoided the cam lock issue by hard-plumbing my softwash setup together!

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I avoided the cam lock issue by hard-plumbing my softwash setup together!


 What do you do when a pump fails in the middle of a job, and you also have 2 more to clean that day? 

That is why I have multiple roof pumps with the cam locks.  You can quickly change to another pump and leave diagnostics till you get home.



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Marcus:
I carry plumbing parts with me and the blue "Wet-or Dry" glue and a spare pump. I actually used to have union joints at all the critical junctions, but failed to do so on this incantation.

The Myers/Dayton pumps reliably last me for 9-12 months.


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oh...and I carry a spare pump on the truck too!

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sweefun placeerfish wrote:

Marcus:
I carry plumbing parts with me and the blue "Wet-or Dry" glue and a spare pump. I actually used to have union joints at all the critical junctions, but failed to do so on this incantation.

The Myers/Dayton pumps reliably last me for 9-12 months.


Hey Ray,

Unions would be a good idea if they did not ever leak.

Is the Myers/Dayton pump a 12V or air pump?

I have been using a All Flo Kyn EPM 3/8", a Flojet Pentaflex and a Delevan Fatboy pump.  I am starting to ge tired of all of them.  The 12 volts are not always dependable and the All Flo pulsates too much.  It even pulsates with a 60 gallon shop air compressor.  Any one chime in on this but  somewhere I have heard that the 1/2" All Flo pums do not not pulse.



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