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Seacock Bullet Dodged

Well, today, figured I'd remove the old, unused direct discharge 1-1/2" seacock and glass in the hole, something pretty low on the priority list but it was a nice day. Was prepared for a real fight, propane torch and large pipe wrenches at the ready, to remove the 40 year-old, heavy bronze monster. To my surprise, after a couple of fairly light taps with a brass drift, the bloody thing turned. After ONE friggin turn, it was OFF!! Whoever installed this thing grabbed just one full turn and called it quits. To my thinking, it could have come off at any time and I feel lucky to have decided to take it out now. A 1-1/2" hole can sink you pretty fast. So the moral of this tale is ---Don't take anything for granted or trust that the previous clown did the job right. Disassemble everything that can sink you and check it.
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ya mon so often true on boats and other material contrivances!
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Re: Seacock Bullet Dodged

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They screwed a taper thread valve onto straight thread thru hull, and a couple of turns was all it took to get it "tight."

Happens more often than you might think.

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Re: Seacock Bullet Dodged

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They screwed a taper thread valve onto straight thread thru hull, and a couple of turns was all it took to get it "tight."

Happens more often than you might think.

Sure sounds that way from the description.... Two words....PROPER SEACOCKS..

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Re: Seacock Bullet Dodged

No, it's a perfectly good Willcox/Crittenden seacock with a proper straight threaded thru-hull. Whatever fool put it in just cut the damned thing too short to grab enough threads. It is simply amazing to me that anyone would leave something like this. The valve, after being cleaned up looks like new. There is no sign whatsoever of any electrolysis. IF there had been any electrolysis, this thing would have fallen off years ago. It's just luck I decided to remove it. In most cases, people trust that something as critical as a large seacock has been installed properly and would never have reason to check it if no corrosion is suspected. Installing something as this was installed is like leaving someone with a time bomb on their boat. Unconscionable.

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