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Old 09-30-2018, 03:43 PM   #1
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Just Cleaned My Props Myself

Had trouble finding a reliable dive service. Just got a new brass scraper that works like a champ. And I saved $125.00 on the diver.

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Old 09-30-2018, 04:22 PM   #2
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Good for you!

I use to clean my boat bottom and prop, but just don't have the endurance for my 45' boat. Thankfully there are several good diver service companies in Fort Myers. Mine shows up ( when he says he's going to) takes before pictures including running gear, through hulls, transducers, and anodes. Then he cleans the bottom and takes after pictures. Sends me an online bill with the pictures and an online payment link for $2 per foot (monthly service). For $90 a cleaning, he can have my business. Does a great job also!

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I used to do my own until I moved to the PNW. Now I gladly pay a diver to get in the cold water for me.
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Old 09-30-2018, 04:27 PM   #4
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Good for you!

I use to clean my boat bottom and prop, but just don't have the endurance for my 45' boat. Thankfully there are several good diver service companies in Fort Myers. Mine shows up ( when he says he's going to) takes before pictures including running gear, through hulls, transducers, and anodes. Then he cleans the bottom and takes after pictures. Sends me an online bill with the pictures and an online payment link for $2 per foot (monthly service). For $90 a cleaning, he can have my business. Does a great job also!

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Itís so very nice to have a service that you can count on.
Turns out the only dive service that I can rely on in my area is the guy I see every time I shave in the morning.
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:34 PM   #5
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I see prop nuts put on backwards.
Seems to hold the prop on though.
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It’s so very nice to have a service that you can count on.
Turns out the only dive service that I can rely on in my area is the guy I see every time I shave in the morning.
There is a Pier 88 Diving franchise in your area.

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I see prop nuts put on backwards.
Seems to hold the prop on though.
Good catch....
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I will stick with the engineers opinion even after reading a huge amount on the subject... Glue and safety wire generally aren't needed when done right the first time, but can't hurt
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Just so I understand this correctly, are you saying that size doesn't matter? Cause I've heard that somewhere before.
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Size matters and so does the type of scraper, brass, protects the bronze prop from scratches
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Size matters and so does the type of scraper, brass, protects the bronze prop from scratches
Scratches? How about a right angle grinder with a wire cup?
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Wire cup works for me...but not so much underwater...

Though the divers around here use a lot of cheap air driven tools...store them in light oil between jobs.... wonder if a small die grinder with a wire wheel would work OK under water????

Scratches? Never had any worth worrying about in all my years messing with props bot recreationally or in boatyard work.
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I use a light die grinder and keep it in hydraulic oil. Rinse it out and cover with oil. I have 4 years on the die grinder. In the PNW i go to Desolation Sound where the water is quite warm and take about 2 days to get it done. I do get tired. I have a Hookah setup with 2 air outlets, one for me and the other for the die grinder. I haul out every other year and that seems to keep my prop, shaft and other bottom devices in good shape.
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I wouldn't use anything but brass on bronze. Steel can embed itself into the bronze, then rust, and cause prop problems, or so I've been told. How many people here have run a wire wheel on any kind of a grinder and later found a wire in their clothing or skin? I have many times. Bronze is soft. Brass is softer, IIRC.
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i have a bronze wheel for the diegrinder.
Got mine at Grainger.
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I wouldn't use anything but brass on bronze. Steel can embed itself into the bronze, then rust, and cause prop problems, or so I've been told. How many people here have run a wire wheel on any kind of a grinder and later found a wire in their clothing or skin? I have many times. Bronze is soft. Brass is softer, IIRC.
Can ....but doesn't seem to be a problem.

Have been watching marinas use steel wire wheels for decades with no I'll effects.
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Can ....but doesn't seem to be a problem.

Have been watching marinas use steel wire wheels for decades with no I'll effects.
I suspect what the marinas are using are stainless steel wire wheels as regular wire wheels will most certainly embed small particles of steel and cause rusting within a few days. I have had this happen at least twice when tig welding stainless and using a regular wire wheel for cleanup. It took nearly two years and many scotch brite pads to finally get all the metal particles out and stop the rusting.
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