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Re: Bulkhead Replacement-Advice Needed

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Originally Posted by rhr1956 View Post
I've decided for sure to replace both port and starboard main bulkheads. I will have to cut through the fiberglass tabbing that holds the bulkhead to the hull. I know I can use a cutting wheel on a angle grinder to do this. I am wondering if I could use a hammer and chisel instead. Mainly to cut way down on dust and glass particles flying around. Thoughts?
Never underestimate the utility of brute force and ignorance -- it may be ugly, but it's often effective

It will work. Go slowly at first until you find the best angle and force needed. Wear goggles and gloves. Be careful you don't cut into the actual hull. Keep a whetstone or equivalent handy to sharpen the chisel, 'cause the glass will take the edge off pretty quick.

Another option is a oscillating tool (like a Fein MultiMaster) with a carbide grout removal blade. It'll still generate dust, but tons less that an angle grinder. If you keep a vacuum hose right by the cut, it stays pretty clean.
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