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  That was pretty much the plan
  Posted by: Big_D on Aug-18-11 12:13 PM (EST)

I'm going to keep the known good valve clean and ready for action.

I know the floor valve is poorly seated. I can see it through the outside fabric. So I'm confident that's an easy fix. If not, I hope not to have to order a new cell for the floor. My fear is that the hole in the cell is torn or worn and leaking. If that's the case, I'm not sure how to fix it. I'm sure there's some kind of way to make a patch and cut a new hole in the same place.

The other valve I'm almost certain is just dirty. I'm hoping that there's not a hole in the cell. However, if there is, it's a pinhole because the leak is very, very slow. A pinhole patch should be simple to repair, but could be difficult to find. Repair once found is just clean the surface and put on some repair tape. If it is just dirty, it will be good to be able to take it apart and give it a thorough cleaning then reinstall. I think swabbing out with a Q-Tip probably won't do it in this case. But if I take it apart, I can depress the valve and clean the surface of the seal thoroughly, then maybe apply a little lubricant to be sure it remains soft.

It also looks like the cells may have gotten shifted a little bit in the outer skin. I'm going to see if I can do anything about that while I've got it all apart, and so I may as well clean and lubricate the zippers while I'm doing that. Not really sure how to do that, but I'm guessing an old toothbrush, some mild soap, and some beeswax ought to do the trick.

This is sounding like it will be an all day affair.

- Big D

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