Propane solenoid replacement

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Propane solenoid replacement

Hello all. I have a 1993 Catalina 36, sail number 1239. I need to replace the old propane regulator and solenoid. I cut out the caulk and loosened the tank insert for the propane locker in the port lazaret. The problem I'm having is how do you lift it out far enough to get to the mounting screws to remove the old solenoid? There is not enough slack in the gas line running from the locker to the galley to lift it out, and I don't see how to access the fittings from any other point to loosen it. Any advice would be appreciated, Keith, S/V Salty Minx

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http://mei1970.org/saillavie/LPG_gas_regulator_installation
I replaced my regulator easily and there is plenty of slack in the gas hose. Some was rolled up in the lazarette on my 1999 C36.  I wonder if they are built differently.  Can you disconnect and remove the LPG tank? It might give more room to work. Some photos would help.
 

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Here is a picture of my gas locker insert. Hope this shows what I'm talking about. 

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I see what you mean. Mine has screws to hold down the tank case and a gasket under it. I will look at my set up and how it can be lifted out. It may be necessary to disconnect the hose from the stove and slide back 2 feet.

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Disconnecting from the stove was my next idea. I live 2 hours away from my boat so it will be a few days before I can get back to it.

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If you have not yet disconnected the gas line from the stove, I found on my C36 that there is extra gas hose coiled in he lazaret, see photos.

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Yours looks like it would be so much easier to get to. My cockpit is set a little differently though. My gas locker is aft, port side, used as a seat.

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It was a bear to get the insert out but I finally got it all replaced. It was the overboard drain hose for the propane locker that had me jammed up. It was too short to pull the insert out. I dont know how they installed it. I had to force my arm in with a box cutter and cut the hose.

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