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Old 27-01-2020, 10:23   #16
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Re: Teak Decking Leak (?)

Originally Posted by svenskflicka View Post
Hmm... Good point on the freezing. I hadn't thought of that. Some risk it already lifted a little since if the wood is "squishing" then it must be moving.

The teaks sure looks nice when it looks nice, but sometimes I wish I just had a fiberglass deck.

Thankfully it's only in the cockpit.
My Cockpit had the usual loose teak seen in most older boats.
I removed carefully the bungs in the planks that hide the screws, and removed as many as I could. NOTE: number your planks in the order they were removed, this will insure the go back in properly!
Ground off the non removable ones cleaned and properly prepped the cockpit area.
I then used the teak epoxy adhesive to re-attach them. Being sure to space and float the teak strips evenly, less sanding.
This adheres the teak to the deck solidly, as well fill in any holes that may leak, seals water out.
Then caulked between the seams, sanded rebunged the holes.
No more holes or leaks.
Came out very nice.
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Old 27-01-2020, 20:39   #17
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Re: Teak Decking Leak (?)

Heat is not always the best way to get rid of moisture. Yes the heat will evaporate (or help to evaporate) but the water vapor will condense where it is cooler. Heat applied can actually drive moisture deeper in to whatever you're trying to dry out. In addition to applied heat I use rubbing alcohol (min 80%). It will absorb water & evaporate taking the water out. It's how they dry lab glassware.
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Old 27-01-2020, 21:55   #18
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Re: Teak Decking Leak (?)

Originally Posted by slug View Post
Teak decks are fragile and high maintenance .

You could consider this cycle to be yearly ..spring maintenance
Our teak deck is now 8 seasons old. We still have people asking if it's new.

We spend 3-5 man-hours a year keeping it that way.
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