Monday, 24 February 2014

Job #6 (Paint the cabin), Job #9 (Cockpit drains) - progress...

So another good weekends work - not least because "Coral" Paul turned up with one of the biggest Stilson's I've seen in some time, to have a go at the stop cocks...

Last weekend I'd managed to get the hose fittings off, but had fundamentally failed with the  actual stopcocks as I didn't have a wrench or spanner big enough..  the job was finished this weekend.

So from this:

Questions have been asked as to why so many nuts, so this is what I found - bottom to top, skin fitting, stopcock (two of them), and the top two were a compression fitting holding a length of copper pipe for the hose to attach to...
To this:


We used mole grips clamped on to a rag around the thread to stop the skin fitting moving, while protecting the thread, and then brute force and ignorance to get the stop cocks off...

Nice clean thread both sides but one of the benefits of a good close up is the detail and I'm a little concerned about those pink spots you can see....

More erudite minds will know but I'm wondering if that's dezincification (brass rust in basic terms) - if it is I may also need to swap out the skin fittings......




...and this was what came off....  other than the handle it was in pretty good nick... the stamp gives me the size though so new hose, hose tails and ball vales were ordered in DZR from ASAP Supplies this morning....


Separately, after these were taken off I then went at the forecabin roof with a wire brush attachment and having then cleaned up the resulting snow storm of paint flakes I painted it - forecabin now done..  main cabin next....

3 comments:

  1. Good work, man! Thinking this weekend is time to give Derwyn some love. Are you a member of the Owners Association - there's a rally happening on the last bank holiday weekend in May to Beaulieu then Newtown if you're up for it?

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    1. 62 days and 9 hours and 35 minutes focuses the mind.. :o)

      I am a member - we've got a couple of meet-ups this summer - the one you mention, and also I've put my name down for the one in July to Sparkes - it's not exactly a long way, but it's also my first and I'm not exactly a club'able fellow so we'll see how we get on...... :o)

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  2. Excellent. May or may not make the one in July - it coincides with my wife's birthday and I don't think its what she had in mind for celebrating!

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