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Old 03-12-2009
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Butyl tape and visqueen beats tarps and tape for staying dry

We are currently living on a boat with all portlights and one hatch removed. Replacing them is taking longer than expected. Meanwhile, we've had sleet, snow, rainstorms, and temperatures in the 20's.

We are snug and dry, thanks to butyl tape and visqueen plastic.

Here's what we did: We cut a piece of plastic to fit over each opening. We formed a long skinny "snake" of butyl and put it around the perimeter of the plastic, then stuck it on. It's quick to put on and take off (we use a dull razor blade to get it started), so we can put it on at night and take it off while we're working. Unlike tape, it doesn't leave residue and we just keep using the same piece over and over.

This would work for just about any large opening or deck repair.

For small holes, just make a ball of butyl and stick it over the hole.

The only downside to this solution is that when you have hail, it's like living in a large, noisy drum! But it holds up just fine.
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