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Need help with plumbing!!
I'm getting ready to help work on some of the valves on my friends boat. I'm hoping I can get some advice about products to use, and the basics of how these things work.
I want to remove what appears to be lime build-up. Is a product like CLR or Lime-away safe for the gel coat and other surrounding metals? I'd like to just be able to spray the stuff on and not worry about damaging anything. If they're not good, what is?
After the lime is gone I've been told to use a product called Corrosion X to coat the valves so the build up won't happen again (or at least be as bad). Anyone know if this stuff works?
Okay, here's a stupid girl question. I know basically how a trap and on/off valve works on my kitchen sink on land. If the boats in the water and you want to disconnect the the hose attached to the thru-hull, what keeps the outside water from coming in? Should this job be done on the hard?
I've also been advised to use Lanocate to lubricate the ball valves (as per CliffL's stupid newbie question of the day) Thanks again SD. Now, how do you actually do it? After going to West Marine and actually looking at how one works, I would assume you would disconnect the hose and then apply the paste, then move it back and forth. (please keep your brains out of gutters) Is that all there is to it, or am I missing something?