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2 Weeks Ago 11:47 PM
Capt Len
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Large Acme threaded rods are found in large gate valves in the metal recycle yard. Comes with attached wheel. About a dollar a pound. You'd need a saw to cut off the matching threaded cross bar. Nice job anyway.
2 Weeks Ago 09:51 PM
deniseO30
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Been awhile since I've posted here!

The "leg vise" on my bench build project.
http://www.sailnet.com/forums/off-to...nch-build.html

Was about $100 for the 1.25" acme rod and 8" cast iron wheel.
The machinist charged me $75 to mount the wheel perfectly.

No really high bucks but not really low.. UNTIL one compares the cost of DIY engineering to "Benchrafters" leg vise hardware coming in at nearly $400!


How do they compare?
2 Weeks Ago 08:10 AM
Multihullgirl
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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But easier to remove.
apparently, my smiley was confusing. I just wanted to make sure to remember to remove the wax. I simply wiped the frame with acetone, which is something you really want to do regardless, to make sure you get good adhesion when bedding with your sealant
3 Weeks Ago 11:08 PM
mitiempo
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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Originally Posted by Multihullgirl View Post
Packing tape, or you could use Saran Wrap too, but that's a lot of plastic and more difficult than applying the wax
But easier to remove.
3 Weeks Ago 02:54 PM
Multihullgirl
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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Originally Posted by SloopJonB View Post
I've used that hatch technique and it worked perfectly. I wrapped the hatch frame in packing tape first and it came away clean - no need to wax anything.
Packing tape, or you could use Saran Wrap too, but that's a lot of plastic and more difficult than applying the wax
3 Weeks Ago 02:38 PM
Puddin'_Tain
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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Originally Posted by thereefgeek View Post
Thanks guys. Those port pics were after a once-over with Flitz. Ive tried vinegar on the bronze, but it seems to take forever and a day to soak off 38 years of "patina".

Something else I've tried, and it's way less toxic than the hydrochloric acid in the Clorox toilet bowl cleaner is a soak in CLR (Calcium Lime & Rust cleaner available at Home Depot). More aggressive than vinegar, yet less acidic than HCl. Don't use it on brass, but it works great on bronze. You should still wear gloves, and a Scotchbrite pad scrubbing helps speed things along. The metal turns pink in the soak after it cuts through the green and still needs a good rinse afterward, before a final polish with Flitz but here's a before & after using CLR on the cowl vents on our Tayana 37:





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Call me weird (you wouldn't be the first), but I kinda like the patina of old weathered bronze.
3 Weeks Ago 02:15 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I've used that hatch technique and it worked perfectly. I wrapped the hatch frame in packing tape first and it came away clean - no need to wax anything. I just retained it with one screw top & bottom at the high point of the curve it was sitting on and then mooshed thickened epoxy under the frame with a tongue depressor. Like you, I removed the hatch after cure and filled the voids then sanded & painted.
3 Weeks Ago 09:40 AM
Multihullgirl
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I've done various things round the boat...some of which might be over $100 (depending on who you know/source for materials). For me, they weren't.

First, the new sheet organizers. 3M 'Command' cordholders. These do get sun, and have lasted over a year. The 'sticky' gets brittle and will need occasional replacing. To prep, wipe the surface with acetone, and then apply the sticky tab as per directions:




Second, the rotten wall/bulkhead(ish) divider between the head and the cockpit storage locker. The hatch above it was allowed to leak, and the area, being wood, rotted. So I cut out the bad. Husband laminated a bit of foam core with glass cloth, and laid it in. Voilá:






Third, the hatch levelling. This hatch is installed on a curved surface and apparently had, for a very long time, never been solved for leaks. When we pulled the hatch out, there was a lot of chipped gelcoat on the lateral sides, so it may be that the levelling we did, was a re-do. In any case, the solution was to remove the hatch. Prep and tape off the area. Wax the hatch frame/or apply mold release, but we used floor wax. Mix up bog, which in our case was mostly fairing filler with some silica. Apply bog around the perimeter/areas where the hatch didn't have a level base. Set hatch frame on the bog, and fair the bog between the hatch frame and the 'coachroof'. When cured, pull the frame off, and check the bogged area for fill and voids - fair as necessary. Clean the wax off the frame (! ha ha) Paint the new hatch substrate, and install hatch. It is supposed to rain next week, I'll let you know if this didn't work





Finally, if y'all have not got bored and irritated, is the galley 'reno.' I was sick sh!tless of the tile that had been installed. It was heavy, and frankly I think tile isn't something that should be used as a surface in food prep areas. In any case, I removed the tile, sanded the surface, cleaned it with acetone. Made patterns, because as you may note, there is a fiddle round the outer edges. Purchased some laminate (WilsonArt 'Sea Glass'). Cut to fit with a cutting wheel - laminate is vicious for chipping out. Installed, cut out sink and faucet holes, voilá again:







Except the galley bit, because I bought a fairly large sheet of higher-end laminate, none of these were over $100, since we did ourselves. Well, I might have to visit the doctor for the cricked-up old bones after contorting myself to do the hatch and the galley

Hope this is useful
4 Weeks Ago 05:28 PM
deltaten
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Tired of burning up AAA batts in my LED "track" lighting; I set about to source a power supply. Rummaging around in the bin, I spied one of those component phone charger cig plugs. 5 v in either 1 a or 2 a via USB plug. A few minutes w/the VTVM and polarity was determined. SOlder up the leads to the connector and GtG!

Wired 'em up this weekend and Wallah!
Bright and never-ending power for three, four head, three LEDs per, track lights

Cost?? Well,tthe Stop'n'Rob has 'em in parts'sets for near $6; so I suppose tthatt's less than a C note! A bit of wire and solder here on hand. Now, to route the witre between tthe inner liner and the overhead 'glass!!
10-18-2014 02:19 PM
Ritchard
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Fair enough. Still a good idea.

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Bolts are a little larger than the drill would accept.
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