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3 Days Ago 11:13 PM
deniseO30
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I don't really care since all food is usually packaged or zip locked. Shusss dont tell!
3 Days Ago 10:50 PM
mitiempo
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Quote:
Originally Posted by deniseO30 View Post
Painted my polyethylene Ice box with paint for plastic. wiped it down with acetone first. seems ok so far!
before;

After;


Less then $10!
But is it foodsafe? Any off gassing can taint food.
3 Days Ago 10:37 PM
deniseO30
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

supposed to.. will see. it's way better then it was in looks
3 Days Ago 10:24 PM
TakeFive
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I really hope your paint sticks. It's really hard to get anything to adhere to polyethylene. Add the temperature cycling, and it will be even more challenging. But maybe that will be the next guy's problem.
4 Days Ago 10:17 AM
deniseO30
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Painted my polyethylene Ice box with paint for plastic. wiped it down with acetone first. seems ok so far!
before;

After;


Less then $10!
4 Days Ago 09:02 AM
i_amcdn
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

And the outside view of the stern
4 Days Ago 09:00 AM
i_amcdn
Motor Lift Bracket re-inforcement

My problem:
Old motor lift bracket with Honda 8 HP 4 stroke. Creaks and groans; loudly when motoring through significant waves.
Bracket was held on by 4 bolts that went through a 3/4 wooden plate on the outside and then 1/4" of solid fiber glass. There were only small washers on the inside. I am sure the fiberglass stern was flexing.
Access to interior nuts holding the bracket bolts was only through side lazerrette. You can stick your arm in and feel for the nuts blindly or stick your head in and look at the nuts but you could not do both.

Solution:
There is a little well just behind the tiller. I cut a hole in this to install an access portal. The cutter I used was basically a drill based compass. It did an OK job initially but then got bogged down after 1/3 of the way through. I then drilled 107 holes around the circle that the cutter had scribed and eventually made it through.

That hole gives me easy access to install the new washers and nuts.

I had an old marine grade wooden step that I had replaced with a wider step in year 1 of owning the boat. I epoxied this onto the inside stern and braced it in place for a week. I used this step as a new backer for the SIX bolts that I now have securing the mount.

I have a much better feeling about hanging the Honda on the bracket this yar.

Cost:
$10 for the access plate and stainless screws to hold it in place.
$5 for new bolts/ nuts
6-10 Expoxy: $0. finished the left overs
Step: re-purposed
Butyle Tape: had on hand...I am down to my last foot of my first 2 rolls from Maine...must order new stock just to have it.
Circle cutter: borrowed (would never buy one)
1 Week Ago 08:20 AM
the_abuse
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I gotta got low buck project to post soon composite bulkheads for well under $100
1 Week Ago 01:31 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

The ones who fail to grasp that are cheap, not low-buck.

There's a big difference.
1 Week Ago 11:02 AM
Barquito
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Quote:
@$20 who cares
Very true. And that is what a lot of non-low-buck guys and gals fail to grasp.
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