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Old 09-09-2014, 09:57   #46
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Re: Seized up Bronze Seacocks

"Why don't you have a bunch made up in Zinc???
You should be able to garner quite the "repeat business" list!"

I like the way you think!
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I wouldn't worry too much about the plug being brass. If I recall correctly the Wilcox seacocks came with brass plugs and I never saw one fail. When the seacock is open, no water is in contact with the plug. When it's closed only a couple of ounces of water are in contact with the tip of the plug. If you're worried about it, check it every so often.
I did, will keep the two eyes on them.

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...Why don't you have a bunch made up in Zinc???
You should be able to garner quite the "repeat business" list!
as long as the bilge pumps do their jobs...
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Re: Seized up Bronze Seacocks

Fortunately even if the plug disintegrated it wouldn't sink the boat. When the seacock is in the open position no water can reach the plug. When it's closed only a few ounces will come out.

I think the ideal thing for me would be to make zinc deck hardware. It will need to be replaced often and won't sink the boat! Oh wait, Attwood already makes zinc hardware.
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Re: Seized up Bronze Seacocks

I read a few of the posts. Most talk about how to un-stick the valve.
My question is: Doesn't anyone do preventative maintainance? Hull valves are the most critical valves on the entire boat. Why are you not cycling the regularly and any required lubrication?

"... oh, gee, honey, I know we're sinking but the hull valve won't close." ... "what, honey, did I cycle them regularly? No, Why? we've never used them before ... well, until now."
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Lowell. See post seven.
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... I think the ideal thing for me would be to make zinc deck hardware. It will need to be replaced often and won't sink the boat! Oh wait, Attwood already makes zinc hardware.
Good one! And available at yer nearest WalMarine.

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... My question is: Doesn't anyone do preventative maintainance? Hull valves are the most critical valves on the entire boat. Why are you not cycling them regularly and any required lubrication? ...
This reminds me that for those of us who've owned multiple vessels, WE are the dreaded previous owners.
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I read a few of the posts. Most talk about how to un-stick the valve.
My question is: Doesn't anyone do preventative maintainance? Hull valves are the most critical valves on the entire boat. Why are you not cycling the regularly and any required lubrication?

"... oh, gee, honey, I know we're sinking but the hull valve won't close." ... "what, honey, did I cycle them regularly? No, Why? we've never used them before ... well, until now."

See the original post....the reason they are stuck is because this boat has been sitting untouched for the past 6 years. We have always serviced our seacocks annually and we do open and close them, but unfortunately the previous owner did not share our maintenance habits.
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Re: Seized up Bronze Seacocks

Just as a side note, Kroil, PB blaster and several other penetrating oils are very good, but expensive. If you get to the point where you have to take the valve off and soak it, use a mixture of half acetone, and half Automatic trans fluid. In testing (an engineering school) it came out almost as good as the high priced products at about 1/10 of the cost. I mix up small batches for almost any stuck threads/parts that I have. I like not spending where I dont have to. _____Grant.
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"Why don't you have a bunch made up in Zinc???
You should be able to garner quite the "repeat business" list!"

I like the way you think!
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Oh wait, Attwood already makes zinc hardware.
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