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Solutions to annoying little problems

One that is universal about working on boats is that there are lots of little annoyances. Let's start a thread for simple solutions to things that bother you when you work on a boat. I would consider anything about the task, tools, or techniques to be appropriate.

Let's be organized about it. Put the annoyance in the title and the solution in the body. I encourage pictures if they help the reader visualize the issue and the solution.

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Seeing into inaccessible places

Use a digital camera to take blind shots. A snake camera is also good for this. Very good for inspecting tanks with baffles.

The snake camera is a little better as it will show you live images.

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Messy oil filter changes

Drain the oil out of the pan first. Now, make sure the filter can turn but do not unscrew. Use an awl to poke a hole in the top edge of filter furthest from the engine(Imagine the area where your bottom lip would be when drinking from a beer can). Place drip pan under filter and turn it 180 so the hole is facing down. Oil will slowly start to drip out. Now put another hole on the now top edge of filter(same location as first) to let air in so the oil drains better. When all oil has dripped out, get a sandwich sized zip-lock bag and place around filter and continue to unscrew.

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Transferring fuel from jerry cans

Get a kerosene siphon to move the fuel to either your deck fill or dinghy motor tank. No tipping the can and messy sloshing of fuel.

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Great ideas!

Tim, those are brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

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Wrong season for winterizing and engine, but after years of pulling the intake hose off and letting it suck antifreeze, a friend asked why not just open the top of the water strainer and pour antifreeze in while the engine is running. No more fighting hose barbs and clamps. Works perfect and I spilled less this way than my old method did.
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Not much to offer, I do everything the hard way so far... watching this thread closely though! Keep em coming..
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