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by maintenanceguy
28 Jun 2019, 21:45
Forum: Boat House
Topic: this rustoleum paint i found
Replies: 6
Views: 337

Re: this rustoleum paint i found

If your boat already has a layer of factory paint that isn't pealing off - that's your primer. Scuff it slightly with a Scotch Brite pad, wipe it down with a car-wash brush and a garden hose. Once it's dry, regular old Rustoleum enamel paint will work as good as anything. I always add an enamel hard...
by maintenanceguy
20 Jun 2019, 16:51
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Caulk
Replies: 8
Views: 420

Re: Caulk

jtf wrote:
19 Jun 2019, 12:18
...it is a 'polyether' base sealant whereas the other 2 are 'polyurethane' base.
There are several types of polyurethane. Polyether is one of those types. It's probably the same stuff.
by maintenanceguy
20 Jun 2019, 16:44
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Painting
Replies: 8
Views: 495

Re: Painting

I painted mine with a flat enamel paint instead of gloss. I sanded the original factory paint just enough to scuff and remove dirt. I had a few spots that were bare aluminum and a few more once the sanding was done. Those spots got hit with an etching primer and sanded after. There have been no prob...
by maintenanceguy
19 Jun 2019, 22:00
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Caulk
Replies: 8
Views: 420

Re: Caulk

I don't know about the Locktite brand caulk but, in general, Locktite products are quality. What you want is a urethane caulk. I'm sure that 5200 is a quality urethane caulk but it's still just urethane caulk. Silicone is a good sealant but it's a terrible adhesive and won't take paint. Latex is too...
by maintenanceguy
14 Jun 2019, 18:20
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: Removable tunnel cover
Replies: 5
Views: 473

Re: Removable tunnel cover

I may be missing something but I don't see any benefit. What is he trying to accomplish?
by maintenanceguy
06 Jun 2019, 06:16
Forum: Motors
Topic: Help Selecting Motor for 9ft Duranautic
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Re: Help Selecting Motor for 9ft Duranautic

9.9 would be a lot of motor. It's not the horse power that's the issue since you control the throttle. It's the motor's weight that is the issue. Putting an outboard and an operator in the rear of a 9' boat is a lot of weight in the back. I'd look for an older 2 stroke motor since those are generall...
by maintenanceguy
15 May 2019, 06:46
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Waterproofing non-treated lumber?
Replies: 6
Views: 486

Waterproofing non-treated lumber?

I'm not sure you need to waterproof it. It will spend most of it's life out of the water and the little bit of water that gets on it will dry quickly. But, if I was going to waterproof it, I wouldn't use Thompson's. Thompson's has parafin wax to make water bead up. That was also makes it penetrate p...
by maintenanceguy
16 Apr 2019, 20:59
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Wiring mounts for aluminum boat with no decking?
Replies: 16
Views: 820

Wiring mounts for aluminum boat with no decking?

PVC electrical conduit. It's inexpensive, it's rigid enough to look nice, and it can be heated and bent to fit the contour of your boat. There are sweep elbows available for "standard" angles like 22º, 45º, and 90º.
by maintenanceguy
14 Apr 2019, 23:15
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Painting plywood decking
Replies: 10
Views: 636

Painting plywood decking

Paint both sides of the plywood and the cut edges and it will last a very long time. In fact, I bet an unpainted piece of plywood would last a very long time. It gets wet occasionally. If you want a painted plywood deck - go for it.
by maintenanceguy
07 Apr 2019, 14:58
Forum: Boat House
Topic: How I Reinforced My Transom
Replies: 2
Views: 471

How I Reinforced My Transom

I could have fabricated a new knee brace but didn't want to mess with floor since that part stays underwater. I would have had to weld, rivet, or bolt through the floor. It doesn't leak now and I'm not sure I can guarantee it would stay that way if I started messing with it. I also don't really like...
by maintenanceguy
07 Apr 2019, 11:19
Forum: Boat House
Topic: How I Reinforced My Transom
Replies: 2
Views: 471

How I Reinforced My Transom

I bought an older PolarKraft 1754 jon boat with a 40 hp outboard. I bought it last fall with the plan to do some rebuilding/upgrading over the winter. When I bought it, I could see that the transom had been replaced at some point. There is an obvious weld around the entire transom that is fine but d...
by maintenanceguy
28 Mar 2019, 20:25
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Rookie here - Looking for advice from you tin boat experts
Replies: 14
Views: 710

Rookie here - Looking for advice from you tin boat experts

We have 2 boats. For years, my (now) 12 year old and I have fished out of a 1232 jon boat. We use a trolling motor to get around the freshwater lakes here. Most lakes are 20 acres or less. It can feel a little tippy but we've actually taken it out in our swimming trunks to see how difficult it would...
by maintenanceguy
19 Mar 2019, 19:17
Forum: Electrical
Topic: push to choke button
Replies: 5
Views: 795

push to choke button

Sounds like you figured it out but the choke button is a a momentary contact and connects to a choke solenoid in the motor. I have never seen a light connected to this circuit. The light might be a warning light. If it's an older 2 stroke motor, it could be a high temperature alarm. If it's a newer ...
by maintenanceguy
18 Mar 2019, 21:04
Forum: Boat House
Topic: VHF Question
Replies: 20
Views: 732

VHF Question

Wattage Most handheld VHF radios are limited to 4 or 5 watts transmitting power. Full size VHF radios transmit at 25 watts. Hugh difference in transmission distance. Antenna Height Even if you have the power, radio transmissions are line of sight. Getting the antennas higher lets the antenna's "see...
by maintenanceguy
11 Mar 2019, 18:08
Forum: Motors
Topic: Sheared Screw
Replies: 11
Views: 826

Sheared Screw

It's most likely a stainless steel screw in an aluminum body. Stainless is soft and will shear (as you know) and the aluminum will corrode around the screw making it hard to remove. I would: Grind or file the end of the screw flat. Center punch the screw so you can drill a hole in the center Drill o...