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Old 10-07-2019, 09:04 AM   #1
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Black tank T-handle come out when pulled

I guess I don't know my own strength! When I pulled the T-handle to empty the black tank, the whole handle came out in my hand. Now what? Tried to "push it" back in to no avail. Anyone dealt with this? Thanks!
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Old 10-07-2019, 04:44 PM   #2
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When you say "whole handle," do you mean the handle and the shaft?

I believe the shaft is threaded on the blade end. That means you should be able to screw the shaft back into the blade- gently, of course.
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Old 10-08-2019, 11:49 AM   #3
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yes the handle and shaft. I'll give it try, again. Thank you!
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Old 10-09-2019, 04:16 AM   #4
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Hmm... This post in this thread

Waste valve handle and rod pulled out of the valve

says the valve blade may not be threaded, which would preclude threading the existing rod back into the blade.

Here's another thread on the topic:

Black water valve broke free. Need help please

I'd be tempted to get a valve extension rod (link here), or any threaded rod of the correct diameter, then insert the threaded end into the valve and see if I could get the threaded portion to "bite" enough into the blade to gently open the valve.
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Old 10-09-2019, 02:01 PM   #5
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definitely worth a try- thanks!
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Old 10-09-2019, 02:09 PM   #6
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If the threads aren't grabbing, you could coat the end with something like JB Weld's Water Weld putty:

https://www.jbweld.com/product/waterweld-epoxy-putty

Once you get your tank empty, I'd suggest replacing the valve asap.
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I would just replace the valve, they not that expensive and your tank is empty right now. Just think about it what happens when you perform some kind of make-shift fix and the valve won't open when you try to dump tanks the next time.
I sure would want to change the valve on a full black tank......very messy and nasty.
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It sounds like your tank is NOT empty. I had the same issue years ago and came up with a good solution (I'm a retired plumber). You have to replace the valve anyway, so go underneath and drill a 1/4" hole in the back of the valve right in the middle where the slide is. Use the rod and push the slide open to empty the tank, you won't get more than a small amount of water out. Once it's empty you can go ahead and replace the valve. Yes, I am a genius.

If I misunderstood and you were successful in emptying the tank before it broke, you're home free, just replace it.
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