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Old 11-25-2014, 10:43 PM   #21
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BruceK,

I borrowed the wife's steam cleaner a couple of times to use in the ER.
Seemed like a great idea. I even tried pre-soaping the bilge and oily floor panels. I found that it mostly just spread the oily soap around.
I had better luck just using multiple lower level soapings and much water.
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Old 11-25-2014, 11:48 PM   #22
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"Anyone tried a handheld steam cleaner for ER and/or bilge? "
I once bought an old wooden boat. After I pulled the engine out to rebuild it, I borrowed a steam cleaner from the construction company next door. They used it to clean big bulldozers and cranes. The steam came out hot and strong. It took out years of crud out of the bilge in seconds. The crud liquefied and ran out the garboard drain. It was really fun too!

This was a serious steam cleaner. As I recall the boiler was fired with diesel fuel. If you got hit by the steam, you would be badly burned.
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Old 11-25-2014, 11:50 PM   #23
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My favorite bilge cleaning trick is to use my 14 year old son. I'm a firm believer in child labor and every boat should have its own bilge monkey.
Yes but it is a temporary solution at best. Eventually they grow up and get smart enough to escape.

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Old 11-25-2014, 11:57 PM   #24
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Cardude,
"Is there something that will "eat" the oil so I can just discharge the water?"
There are products on the market in the form of powder and tablets that release oil eating bacteria into the bilge. I tried selling it some years ago but it didn't sell well and I never got any reports about how well it worked.


There is a new company selling it now and they sent me a sample the other day. If you want to try it, I'll mail it to you. Send me an email through my website with your address. Then you have to report whether it works or not.


I think it didn't sell well in the past because the oil absorbent pads and logs work so well.
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:01 AM   #25
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"Eventually they grow up and get smart enough to escape."
Your anchors too small, it's the wrong kind and you aren't using enough chain.
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:08 AM   #26
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My favorite bilge cleaning trick is to use my 14 year old son. I'm a firm believer in child labor and every boat should have its own bilge monkey.
Ahh yes the answer.....LOL Simple Green works well, in those nimble hands....
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:25 AM   #27
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Once you get it clean you are going to want to paint it. The best stuff I have found is TSP. caustic stuff but it will get the bilge clean enough for paint to stick
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Haha Crikey! Based on my project, my worth is very little hahah 👍


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My favorite bilge cleaning trick is to use my 14 year old son. I'm a firm believer in child labor and every boat should have its own bilge monkey.
CPseudonym is even nice enough to loan out his bilge monkey to those of us who are less fortunate.

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Old 11-26-2014, 02:30 AM   #30
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Find and repair the oil leaks, if you don't have a drip pan under the engines install one or dam up the area so bilge water can't spread the oil every where. Grey water should have a sump to catch it and pump overboard if allowed. Really bad smells will perculate out of grey water in the bilge. If you have plenty of ventilation, de-greasers can remove most of the oil using all the listed methods.
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:14 AM   #31
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One one boat we simply ran the bilge pump discharge into the above the WL self draining sink.

A square of bilge absorb on the drain caught the oil, the oil partially dissolved with soap and other gunk.

Easy to monitor as you use a scrub brush to brake the gunk loose and flush it.

If the gunk has sunk and is stuck to the hull, only scrubbing will get ir loose/
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:44 AM   #32
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Anyone tried a handheld steam cleaner for ER and/or bilge? Probably not good on perforated sound deadening material but could work on hard surfaces.

Yes, I have. It works to a certain extent, on some surfaces.... where you can get the steam head to fit. It's not magic, just one more tool in the kit.

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Can hardly imagine, 3 years refit on my boat and probably 3 to go. Hat's off to ya' mate...

But most would never do what we are...unless they got paid well....and some are checkbook boaters and should know they aren't getting ripped off. (I am jealous sometimes that I can't just whip out the checks).
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Can hardly imagine, 3 years refit on my boat and probably 3 to go. Hat's off to ya' mate...

But most would never do what we are...unless they got paid well....and some are checkbook boaters and should know they aren't getting ripped off. (I am jealous sometimes that I can't just whip out the checks).

Lol I'm only building because i can't afford to buy what I want in the timeframe that I want it. My bilge is covered in saw dust but a vacuum will solve that. How's your rig going?


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Lol I'm only building because i can't afford to buy what I want in the timeframe that I want it. My bilge is covered in saw dust but a vacuum will solve that. How's your rig going?


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Greetings,
During the course of our re-paint (on the days it's too cold or wet to do outside chores), I'm sloooowly attacking my "behind the scenes" areas (inside lockers AND the bilge). I have the advantage of being able to remove ALL my flooring in the "basement" exposing support timbers and downward to the bottom of the bilge. I'm noting the various scenarios for attacking the lower bilge with it's attendant residue of guck in anticipation of painting. What I have been using thus far is: Title It's tintable and covers REALLY well. Very little odor and a long pot life. Can be sprayed or brushed and the beauty is it's water clean-up.
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During the course of our re-paint (on the days it's too cold or wet to do outside chores), I'm sloooowly attacking my "behind the scenes" areas (inside lockers AND the bilge). I have the advantage of being able to remove ALL my flooring in the "basement" exposing support timbers and downward to the bottom of the bilge. I'm noting the various scenarios for attacking the lower bilge with it's attendant residue of guck in anticipation of painting. What I have been using thus far is: Title It's tintable and covers REALLY well. Very little odor and a long pot life. Can be sprayed or brushed and the beauty is it's water clean-up.
were are you purchasing ?
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Greetings,
I just called a bunch of paint stores and asked if they had or could order it. After about the 7th or 8th call I found one that dealt in industrial paints. I'm in the Northeast but I'm sure you could readily find a place in FL. Devoe® Paint - Exterior And Interior Paint For All Projects
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I just called a bunch of paint stores and asked if they had or could order it. After about the 7th or 8th call I found one that dealt in industrial paints. It's in the Northeast but I'm sure you could readily find a place in FL. Devoe® Paint - Exterior And Interior Paint For All Projects
Rt thanks a bunch looks like great stuff going to get some lined up for right after the Christmas holiday we will be on the boat for 3 months working and playing
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