Low buck projects- Let's see 'em! - Page 96 - SailNet Community
 1083Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #951 of 1420 Old 01-26-2014
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 48
Thanks: 11
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

so.. noticed the other day that the bilge pump hadn't fired on in a while. We haven't had much rain, and I have a fairly deep keel so there's lots of room, but definitely was past the acceptable level.. wired up the spare to clear the space out.. done. Ok so seems there was a rule auto sense in place that had fallen apart.. ok, she's old, I can see/expect it. project that came from it, new bilge pump with a digital sensor wired into 3 position switch.. ON/AUTO/OFF. Thinking about wiring both the primary and backup to the on post, but at the moment I have a digital sensor, working and tested, with a new rule 1000 unit.

Amazon.com: RULE 1000 GPH NON AUTOMATIC SQUARE BILGE PUMP 1-1/8 OUT: Sports & Outdoors Amazon.com: RULE 1000 GPH NON AUTOMATIC SQUARE BILGE PUMP 1-1/8 OUT: Sports & Outdoors



Amazon.com: Attwood Digital Bilge Switch, 12 Volt: Sports & Outdoors Amazon.com: Attwood Digital Bilge Switch, 12 Volt: Sports & Outdoors



some solder/heat-shrink/connectors and 3 sets of waterproof gel caps I scored a box of for $2 at recycle (habitat for humanity hw store)

its semi finished (as in the switch is not mounted atm, because I am remodeling the nav/control area)

which, if I stay on track with will be another <$100 project, lots of scrapping/salvaging and the fact that I am a NERD with a backstock of electronics gear always help keep the costs down. which is nice when it comes time to do something I can't avoid paying the high price of (thinking engine/haul-out stuff)
slax is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #952 of 1420 Old 01-26-2014
S/V Glenn E
 
Lubrdink's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Jefferson County, KS
Posts: 77
Thanks: 20
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

We covered over our cockpit sole with a teak flooring product we got off of amazon. They were 12"x12" plastic interlocking bases with teak strips on top. I had to trim the edges a bit to make them fit. They also sit up off the cockpit sole enough water can run underneath to the drains. We did it because the cockpit sole had broken down and gotten water into the core. We cut the top layer of glass off, replaced the core, and re-glassed it. It was our first glass attempt and was, while solid, BUTT UGLY and had to be covered. This was a cheap, workable floor and removable to clean if necessary. I think under $100 and we had a few tiles leftover to donate to a friend.

And here's what it looked like before after some primer-EAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

"Sailing with a hero"
Honoring S/Sgt Glenn English, Jr, Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism that cost his life in Viet Nam, 9/7/70.
Newport 27 built 1970-Hull # N270088
Lubrdink is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
The Following User Says Thank You to Lubrdink For This Useful Post:
slax (01-26-2014)
post #953 of 1420 Old 01-26-2014
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 48
Thanks: 11
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!-1619484_633416373361419_1406786188_n.jpgheh.. second project today, this one completely derrived from this thread.. did 2 x 4"x24" pvc propane holders..

1 - 10'x4" pvc conduit $35
2 - 4" pvc caps $4
2 - 4" cap to female thread $5
2 - 4" threaded plug $4
4 - 6" ring clamps $2
1 - set purple/epoxy combo $12

Total Cost = $81. remaining material = $20 of that... yahhoooowiii.. thanks to this thread. awesomesauce.
bljones likes this.
slax is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #954 of 1420 Old 01-26-2014
Senior Member
 
ericb760's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Poway, CA
Posts: 1,576
Thanks: 12
Thanked 12 Times in 12 Posts
Rep Power: 4
 
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lubrdink View Post
We covered over our cockpit sole with a teak flooring product we got off of amazon. They were 12"x12" plastic interlocking bases with teak strips on top. I had to trim the edges a bit to make them fit. They also sit up off the cockpit sole enough water can run underneath to the drains. We did it because the cockpit sole had broken down and gotten water into the core. We cut the top layer of glass off, replaced the core, and re-glassed it. It was our first glass attempt and was, while solid, BUTT UGLY and had to be covered. This was a cheap, workable floor and removable to clean if necessary. I think under $100 and we had a few tiles leftover to donate to a friend.

And here's what it looked like before after some primer-EAAAAAAAAA!!!!!
I did the same thing, except I ran them lengthwise and I had to trim them around the tiller base like it looks like you had to do also. Looks great and works great!
Attached Thumbnails
140 sole.jpg  
ericb760 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #955 of 1420 Old 01-27-2014
the pointy end is the bow
 
erps's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: La Conner, Washington
Posts: 6,260
Thanks: 2
Thanked 27 Times in 26 Posts
Rep Power: 11
   
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

So they've made fuel jerry cans so safe here in the states that they're hard to use.



Around ten years ago or so, they started making the fill spouts so you could flop them over and store them inside the can with a little plug to keep the fuel from leaking. That would be the fuel can on the right with the little yellow stopper. Of course everyone started losing the stoppers, so after a few years, all those fuel cans looked like the one in the middle with a piece of oil absorbant bilge cloth stuffed down the spout. If you hang around commercial fishermen, you'll see these little fire bombs all over the place. So then a couple years ago, they made the fuel spouts even safer. That would be the spout on the left. At his point in their evolution I've about given up. What a pain in the @$$.

Jerry cans missing the plugs are a dime a dozen down here. Some folks throw them away. I'm starting to get quite a collection. So today I took a hunk of UHMW material and chucked in the lathe to see if I could make a new spout. I cut it down to fit under the existing cap. I tried it out today by putting it in and turning the fuel can upside down. No leak. So I'm waiting to see what's the biggest flexible rubber hose that I can hose clamp onto the nipple and then cut the nipple to that size and bore it out. My plan is to carry this nipple and cap and then secure it to existing jerry cans with crumby spouts. I'm going to cut a few round discs to act as plugs for any jerry cans that I acquire with missing plugs. I'm trying to come up with a collection of four matching jerry cans for our extended cruise in a year or two.


Machined preliminary spout waiting for final dimensions for spout hose:
Faster, bljones and slax like this.

Ray
S.V. Nikko
1983 Fraser 41
La Conner, WA


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Boating for over 25 years, some of them successfully.

Last edited by erps; 01-27-2014 at 09:26 PM.
erps is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #956 of 1420 Old 01-28-2014
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 48
Thanks: 11
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

nice project.. those jerry cans are getting horrendous.. something decent worth putting cycles into that most sailors, boaters, recreational vehicle, etcc users would love.. an alternative but still approved aftermarket spout.. cause its really really hard to not spill fuel with the new ones. even on the vw, it doesnt catch right to stay open. have to jam it there or hold it.. bah, safer my asssssss
slax is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #957 of 1420 Old 01-28-2014
Senior Member
 
TakeFive's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Swarthmore, PA
Posts: 3,170
Thanks: 7
Thanked 85 Times in 75 Posts
Rep Power: 6
 
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Quote:
Originally Posted by erps View Post
So they've made fuel jerry cans so safe here in the states that they're hard to use.



...So then a couple years ago, they made the fuel spouts even safer. That would be the spout on the left....
FYI, the one on the left has been the subject of several very expensive lawsuits due to faulty design. The spout does not have a flame arrestor, so if you get a spark (or pour it on a fire, which you should NEVER do), the flash will work its way up into the can. So I would be hesitant to call it a safer design.

I have a couple of them, and I find them easy to use because you can release the spout to cut off the flow, resulting in a dripless transfer. But the lack of flame arrestor is always on my mind, and it concerns me.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1994 Mason 44 Firefly on loan from my BFF (West River, Galesville, MD)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)
TakeFive is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #958 of 1420 Old 01-28-2014
Senior Moment Member
 
SloopJonB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: West Vancouver B.C.
Posts: 11,615
Thanks: 60
Thanked 72 Times in 69 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I kind of like the Molotov can in the middle.
jimgo and Delta-T like this.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
SloopJonB is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #959 of 1420 Old 01-28-2014
the pointy end is the bow
 
erps's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: La Conner, Washington
Posts: 6,260
Thanks: 2
Thanked 27 Times in 26 Posts
Rep Power: 11
   
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I ended up going with a 1 inch hose, 2 feet long. That way I can get it in the hole before I tip the can. The hose was tight enough on the nipple that I don't think I'll need a hose clamp


Ray
S.V. Nikko
1983 Fraser 41
La Conner, WA


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Boating for over 25 years, some of them successfully.
erps is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
The Following User Says Thank You to erps For This Useful Post:
Bill-Rangatira (01-28-2014)
post #960 of 1420 Old 01-28-2014
Senior Member
 
TakeFive's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Swarthmore, PA
Posts: 3,170
Thanks: 7
Thanked 85 Times in 75 Posts
Rep Power: 6
 
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Quote:
Originally Posted by erps View Post
I ended up going with a 1 inch hose, 2 feet long. That way I can get it in the hole before I tip the can. The hose was tight enough on the nipple that I don't think I'll need a hose clamp...
Is that hose designed to transfer gasoline? There are two things I would be concerned about: #1 is solvent resistance. You don't want to end up dissolving away the hose over time. #2 is conductivity of the hose. If it is a dielectric material, you may find static buildup could cause a flash fire, which could be extremely hazardous, especially since your can lacks a flame arrestor.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1994 Mason 44 Firefly on loan from my BFF (West River, Galesville, MD)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)
TakeFive is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
LEDs afloat GoodOldBoat Good Old Boat 56 12-19-2014 01:23 PM
Low buck bow thruster?? wildcard Gear & Maintenance 53 12-11-2014 04:56 PM
Off-Season Boat Projects Tom Wood Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 01-15-2006 07:00 PM
Basic Thoughts on Tides Jim Sexton Learning to Sail Articles 0 11-17-2003 07:00 PM
Basic Thoughts on Tides Jim Sexton Seamanship Articles 0 11-17-2003 07:00 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome