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Old 03-21-2018, 02:31 PM   #1
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Rusted/Broken Strainer Basket Handle

Hello again Trawler friends. Am I Looking in the right places? Does a replacement strainer basket really cost around $100? Iím just going to use some stainless steel lock wire and create my own handle if thatís the case.m

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Hello again Trawler friends. Am I Looking in the right places? Does a replacement strainer basket really cost around $100? Iím just going to use some stainless steel lock wire and create my own handle if thatís the case.m

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What size Groco strainer is that off of? I bought 2 of their 2" plastic strainers to replace the stainless one that was eaten up by electrolysis. Think they were around $20 each. If they are in a high use system like the raw water pump for an air conditioner, the electrolysis eats them over time. That's why I replaced with plastic (nylon).

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Old 03-21-2018, 03:09 PM   #3
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Mr. HA. Yup. SS wire would work. You might also stop by your local craft store and buy some plastic mesh. I'm pretty sure they would have sizes large enough for you to make your own strainer of an appropriate mesh size. Now, you will have to research what the best method of assembly is (glue, heat fusion etc.) but this stuff is dirt cheap. May or may not work...

http://www.michaels.com/darice-plast...23.htmlhttp://

Just an example...
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I'm pretty sure that's a Perko strainer. I wired a handle to one too, but it is a little unweildy to install/uininstall the thing after cleaning. I don't believe they have a plastic version. I used to get my Perko stuff from CG Edwards in Boston or here locally at Barbour's in Beaufort NC. What size is it for what model strainer.
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HA, if you know someone with a tig welder, the handle can be reattached pretty quickly. In the long run, plastic is likely better.
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Hi everyone. Thanks for the replies. Hereís the dimensions.

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Ours is same sort of cage done with s/s mesh and no handle, has been good for 40 years, I doubt plastic would last that well.

You could just use a bit of wire for a handle, through the hole and bend the ends - sorted.
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I may do just that. I was almost positive a replacement would cost 10 bucks. Maybe Iíll go into the strainer basket business and beat all my competitors.
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Ours is same sort of cage done with s/s mesh and no handle, has been good for 40 years, I doubt plastic would last that well.

You could just use a bit of wire for a handle, through the hole and bend the ends - sorted.
I too had a handle break loose. Remember to insert the strainer correctly. I solved my problem by drilling 2 holes through the basket and the handle. I found 2 short stainless screws, screwed through the basket and the handles, PRESTO!!! All fixed

I would encourage you to carry spare baskets too. I keep the tied to the strainer hose for quick replacement if necessary. If quick is not necessary, just clean it, put it back in correctly and the job is done.
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Ours is same sort of cage done with s/s mesh and no handle, has been good for 40 years, I doubt plastic would last that well...
We went through two ss strainer baskets on the engine and generator/AC in three years. We replaced them both 7 years ago with plastic and they are both good. One of the failures was due to what looked liked crevice corrosion where some grass or weed had sat agaisnt the screen for a long time. It could have been my fault for not being more diligent in cleaning but with plastic I donít have that worry. Just saying.
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Ordinarily I would steer away from plastic where structural integrity is in question but I think a plastic mesh is a perfect application for a basket. Iím going to look into that. Thank you.
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I would encourage you to carry spare baskets too. I keep the tied to the strainer hose for quick replacement if necessary. If quick is not necessary, just clean it, put it back in correctly and the job is done.
Well, seeing as we have to shut the engine down, take a hike down to the engine room, put on a leather glove and wind on a gate valve for 50 turns, undo 4 bolts to take the lid off the strainer, I reckon another minute to clean the strainer is neither here nor there.

Our strainer is just a bit of mesh rolled into a tube.
Rolled and overlapped galvanised chicken mesh would work for several months if so inclined.
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Well, seeing as we have to shut the engine down, take a hike down to the engine room, put on a leather glove and wind on a gate valve for 50 turns, undo 4 bolts to take the lid off the strainer, I reckon another minute to clean the strainer is neither here nor there.
50 turns to close the gate valve, 4 bolts to get the top off? Ah you have a big boy boat.
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Parks turned me on to plastic strainers years ago. The new boat still has SS strainers but I bought the plastic ones from Hopkins a few weeks ago for replacement. Unfortunately they did not have all I needed but in times I will add the screens to the outside of the thru hulls. No more problems.
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I just remembered that I work with someone who welds. Oops.
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I just remembered that I work with someone who welds. Oops.
Then Bob's your uncle. That's what I eventually did.
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A loop of Stainless leader and a crimp.
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My 2008 AT34 came with Marine Hardware Sea Sim Universal swivel mount sea strainers. I do not know if the plastic stainer are compatible with my strainers.
With these sea strainers, I really cant find it an inconvenience to order from the maker. Summer time, I have to clean the A/C strainer once a week. Winter time, not so often. I also went from 1/2 inch hull valves to 3/4 hull valves.
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The OP's post & pic shows a Perko monel strainer same as mine were. I replaced both with Groco plastics years ago....all good. No reason to persist with metal mesh in 2018.
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Generally the size refers to the inlet and outlet pipe size. My 2" Groco strainer has 2" female pipe threads on the inlet and outlet.

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