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Stuck Seacock-- Blowtorch?
At the suggestion of the well-respected rigger at the boatyard, I've plugged up the throughhull and now have a stuck-open seacock filled with vinegar. This is in a effort to disolve any build-up that could be causing it to seize.
If that doesn't work, what next? I'm thinking of taking advantage of the cold weather to get the outer part of the seacock to expand, and trying to get it to move then. My plan is to use a thermal blanket to protect the hull and hoses and then apply a blowtorch to the seacock, while trying to get it to close.
What do you think of this? Has anyone tried this?
For a home-made thermal blanket, I'll use about 20 layers of aluminum foil with a layer of cotton behind it.
I believe the seacock is bronze with a stainless-looking ball in the middle. I have some pictures that I'll post.
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