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Old 05-01-2004, 10:26 PM
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I just finished bottom painting my new boat last week and installed the brass drain plug. Today after all the rain this week I noticed water leaking from one of the three screws that mounts the brass drain assy to the hull.
Should I just add some 3m 4200 to the screws or take the plug assy off and reinstall.
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Old 05-02-2004, 06:03 AM
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Ralph, I don't think it's as simple as that. Why is it leaking in the first place?
Has it just started lesking or is it just the first time you,ve noticed? Any possibility
of transome damage? Is it a sheet metal type screw or a bolt with a nut on the other end?
The SM should not fully penetrate the hull. If it does it will offer a path for leakage as you
described. What you actuaaly have in there will decide what action to take. Let us know.
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Old 05-02-2004, 06:27 AM
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I found the same drain plug in the BOAT US cat on PG 301. It does use 3 tapping screws. The description states it has a 1/2" NPT tapered pipe threads ensure a water tight fit. Cast brass construction. Flange diameteris 2 1/8" and is drilled and countersunk for #8 screws.
Inside the hull the only thing I can see or feel is the 1/2 drain hole. Oh yeh the boat has never been in the water yet.

Thanks,
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Old 05-02-2004, 06:38 AM
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A brand new boat? Take it back to the dealer to have it fixed. If not, remove it, clean up everything, and use the 4200 to seal everything. Put the 4200 in the screw holes and under the flange, then install it. Don't just try to seal it from the outside.
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Old 05-02-2004, 08:38 AM
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You may have, luckily, found a future problem and caught it before you splashed the boat.

As Linda and others have said....If it was dealer installed I'd repack everything below the water line that they put in.

No 5200/4200 ?? on screws below the waterline???? What is with that? RichG
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Old 05-02-2004, 09:13 AM
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I'm sure your talking about the garboard plug? Right?

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5200 that bad boy and the srews as well.

that plug will be ther for years to come.
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Remember, 5200 take 7 days for a full cure !
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Unless you use 5200 fast.
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and then it cures in 24 hours
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Old 05-03-2004, 07:24 AM
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Thats the plug ! I'll remove it myself and repack with 5200. Is there any special way to remove it, with the screws out its really not loose. I was going to install the plug and just turn until the flange started to rotate.
Thanks for your help.
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remeber 5200 and 4200 are both rated for below surface use. The difference is that 5200 has twice the adhesive holding power...but this does not mean it is going to seal out water any better than 4200.

The drain plug has three screws designed to act as the mechanical fastener, therefore you do not need 5200 or any other super strong adhesive. In my opinion using 5200 will only make removing it (if the need arises) much more difficult.

I learned this the hard way on a thru hull once.
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