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Old 03-05-2013, 03:50   #76
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LOVE our black and decker rechargeable hand vac!!! Found it on clearance for $29.00 2 years ago and it is a life saver for cleaning up !!!
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:10   #77
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Cool the plunger transducer cover - now to a different idea.

As Seen On TV Pocket Hose : Target

$20.00. No more coiling hose thus to mix/tangle with shore power cords, spare anchor chain/rode when on cruise.

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I got one of those but it fell apart on the third use. I thought it was going to be terrific, but it was shoddily made.
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:48   #78
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I got one of those but it fell apart on the third use. I thought it was going to be terrific, but it was shoddily made.
They had those everywhere at the last boat show I went to, now CVS and Walgreens sell em, I love my old Toro roll up hose on a reel deal, it was $10. at a garage sale and has lasted forever! very durable and compact.
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For a great syphon just use two hoses and a rag.

Put a long hose in the jerry can to the water/fuel tank. Now put in a short (6 inch) bit of hose( it does not need to reach the reach the liquid) into the jerry can as well, block the remaining opening with a rag, or just your hand.
Blow (not suck) into the short bit of hose.
The pressure in the jerry can will force the liquid out int the tank. Once the syphon starts it will continue without any further effort.

The only limitation is it needs to closed container, not an open bowl.

The advantage over the juggler siphons is there is it will work even if there is small depth of liquid. There is also nothing to gum up, or buy, any old bit of hose will work.
Great tip Noelex! I can't wait to try it when transferring drinking water from my 6 gallon jugs to smaller pitchers. Hopefully I won't have to move those heavy jugs around anymore just to pour the water out into the smaller pitchers.
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OK, but do they work underwater. I don't think you can make a vacuum in water - at least not with a handheld rubber thingy.
Yes you can.

It's the suction provided by the form shape while it attempts to get back to its original shape, or in the case of those "mechanical" suction cups, there is a flip handle to put a big force into pulling it into a cup shape. And as such, those things needs more friction to work against the suction provided, so the area providing the friction tend to be softer and wider.

And as for losing it: put a string on it, if need be.
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:17   #81
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I got several induction cookers as in the first picture. About 30 bucks each. I cut them into components. I got my old gas stove onto the pontoon and cut it into bits but keeping the top and the gimbals. I installed 2 induction heaters side by side and kept the rest for spares. The old stove had packed up and spares were not available so something had to be done. This way I got rid of gas inside the boat and now I can cook powered by the inverter.
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No mention of it being an important part of the first aid kit - at least it is in mine ........especially for fingers. the trick is not to wrap too tight - I share my learning curve .
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I got several induction cookers as in the first picture. About 30 bucks each. I cut them into components. I got my old gas stove onto the pontoon and cut it into bits but keeping the top and the gimbals. I installed 2 induction heaters side by side and kept the rest for spares. The old stove had packed up and spares were not available so something had to be done. This way I got rid of gas inside the boat and now I can cook powered by the inverter.

I wish I had the skills to do that! I use induction cooktop in the marina but not when sailing. That's the best way to cook I've ever had.
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I got several induction cookers as in the first picture. About 30 bucks each. I cut them into components. I got my old gas stove onto the pontoon and cut it into bits but keeping the top and the gimbals. I installed 2 induction heaters side by side and kept the rest for spares. The old stove had packed up and spares were not available so something had to be done. This way I got rid of gas inside the boat and now I can cook powered by the inverter.
How much power do they need and dont you have to use a special pot?
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Infrared video camera for the computer. Allows me to check the stuffing box on the laptop so I don't have to tear lazerette apart to see it. Inexpensive just have to shop under $30.
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Something similar is a laser temperature sensor. Just point at hot things so you don't have to touch 'em to clue in.



I find many uses around a boat, particularly in verifying the output of heat guns and solder irons, which leads to less charring and wastage with electrical work. It also helps with the engine, particularly with routing the wiring harness to stand away from hot spots or to figure out the relationship between the raw water temperatures, your thermostat, and exhaust temps. I think I got this one bundled with a stud finder (not as useful aboard...) for $20 on sale at CT.
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Popsicle sticks -- available from hobby/craft shops for very little money. Good for mixing stuff and lots of other jobs. Tongue depressors for bigger jobs...

Not sure what you call the stuff, but it is kinda lacy looking material covered with very tacky rubber. Great non-slip material. We use it for cupboard liners, cover the saloon table with it (laptop stays put even at big heel angles, plates stay put, etc), put a strip on towel bars and towels stay put. In Oz it is very inexpensive when purchased by the yard from Bunnings (a Home Depot clone).

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Tell us about your favorite inexpensive gizmo that has changed your life onboard! I'll start with the Super Siphon. I got sick of fueling my feet, the dinghy, the dock, and the deck of my boat due to the cruel jokes they call fuel jugs these days--I picture the crew at the fuel jug factory sitting around telling sick jokes about all us saps using their products that make it harder to put fuel into your tank than on the ground. So I asked around some of the car forums and the Super Siphon kept coming up. Bought two from Amazon and boy are they slick. Work like a charm. No more spilled fuel and I don't have to balance an awkwardly heavy fuel jug while trying to pour into the tank while watching the rising level so I don't flood the dinghy. I don't know how I have lived without these for years. I just make sure the jug is a bit higher than what I want to fill. Put the brass thingy into your fuel jug and shake it up and down for a few seconds and pretty soon the fuel starts to flow lickety split at just about the right speed. It is easy to stop the flow at just the right moment by simply lifting the brass thingy above the fuel level in the jug. Easy peasy.
My gizmo is similiar. I found a 2 D cell powered pump, that is designed to be placed in a jerry can to pump out liquids at Home Depot for about $15.

It makes transferring diesel from jerry tanks into my sailboat so easy it actually is almost fun to do it. I get about six months out of one before it quits, and I just go buy another one. I took four of them with me to the Bahamas last time I went, (gave away one, and still had one unopened when I got back).

It makes it really easy to run the diesel through a funnel filter as you put it in.
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How much power do they need and dont you have to use a special pot?

Any pot a magnet will cling to the bottom of will work. OR, it comes with a metal disk you put on the cooktop, and it gets hot and transfers the heat to whatever you put on top of it. Mine came with a fantastic grilling rack thet cooks steaks stupendously.

Here's the one I recommend:

NuWave PIC - Precision Induction Cooktop - Seen on TV | NuWavePIC.com

I bought a cheaper one first, but this one is really superior.
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Colemj, you wrote, "We have one of these, and although the number wheels stand proud and are tactile in the dark, how do you know what number they are on without a light?"

Leave it set on all 0's, then count the "clicks" to get to the numbers you've set.

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