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Whole Lotta (Icebox) Sweatin' Goin' On!

Fellow Sailnetters, I have a quandry. Apprently rodents of some sort overwintered in a cubby on my boat, the one where I kept my coffee filters, zip lock bags, and whatnot. They chewed up everything chewable to make a nest -- what a mess!

Yesterday I removed the nest, and was puzzled as to where all that stuffing came from that was mixed with the shredded paper and cardboard. It couldn't be from any of the cushions. They contain foam and are all fine. Then I had an awful thought! I turned over and looked up, and sure enough my icebox bared its fireberglass in my light! The varmints had stripped the insulation from it to make their nest!

It's tough getting into the cubby through the 15" x 2' door. Not much of me fits. When in that claustrophobic space, there's not much room to work. I can't so far reach the far side of the icebox.

So now that you understand the space constraints, I ask you to share your accumulated experience and wisdom. How and with what have you reinsulated your iceboxes? More applicably, what would you suggest I do? I'm wondering about expanding insulation foam in a can. Has anyone tried it? Will it stick to fiberglass?

Tom

PS: The critters appear to be long gone. I didn't find a sign of them on the boat anywhere else, no nibbled anything, no more shredded paper, not even any scat. I may set some traps anyway.

PPS: My wife says that dryer sheets do a good job of keeping rodents away -- apparently the smell is too strong. NOW she tells me!
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Re: Whole Lotta (Icebox) Sweatin' Goin' On!

would that Spray foam stuff work to fix your bald spots?
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Re: Whole Lotta (Icebox) Sweatin' Goin' On!

You can enclose the voids on the sides of your ice box and then inject expanding foam into them. You should use the long straw that comes with the can to inject into the deepest recesses first. Don't over do it, the foam does expand a great deal. Don't worry, it sticks to fiberglass just fine; along with anything else it comes into contact with, so be careful or you will have a lot of clean up to do!
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Re: Whole Lotta (Icebox) Sweatin' Goin' On!

I used it also when re insulating my box a few years ago. Sticks to FG well

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There are different formulas, some expand less aggressively, better for your application. You can drill 1/4" holes from the inside of the box to spray from. But you might need backing of some sort on the inside to contain the foam.

It sticks to EVERYTHING...
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Re: Whole Lotta (Icebox) Sweatin' Goin' On!

because it sticks to everything, I have had good luck with rubber gloves. Spray where you want it and get your gloved fingers in there to smooth it where you want it. Just be sure to get the gloves off before it hardens
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