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Leafield Valve Installation
There are two categories of valve that Hyside is currently using: the Inflation Valve (Leafield C7) and the Pressure Release Valve or PRV (Leafield A6). They are very similar in how they are installed, a female part inside then a washer between the boat surface and the outside male part. It will leak if it is not tight enough (use the spanner tool to tighten it) and it will leak if the washer is installed upside own. The washer has a ribbed side and a flat side. The ribs needed to be in contact with the boat fabric.
The Inflation Valve C7
The inside center of the valve has a spring loaded stem with a flat plunger on the bottom. When blowing air into the valve the spring will allow air to pass into the chamber. In order to let the air out you will need to push the stem down and twist it to the right. This will be in the open position to allow the boat to fully deflate. There are replacement caps available should you lose any.
The Pressure Release Valve A6
The pressure release valve (PRV) is used in the inflatable floors simply because the shape will not allow the pressure that a tube will. Unlike the mattress shape of the floor, the tube is a circle that can distribute increases in pressure evenly. The valve works with a spring that opens it at a per set pressure. You will notice a screen is mounted on a rubber gasket in the center of the valve. This keeps particles from folding the inside. Should your valve fail to open at the designated pressure, remove the valve and rinse it in soapy water and rinse it thoroughly.
- If you spray either valve with soapy water and it leaks from the outside of the valve it is either loose, washer is upside down or the valve is off center.
- If your PRV fails to work after cleaning, replace it immediately. The result may be a blown I-beam in the mattress floor, repair cost is upwards of $300.
- Under the filter screen is a colored dot that indicates the PSI, make sure it is the mfg suggested setting.