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Re: 80% of stitching done!

Post by jem » Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:36 am

Mullet_Key wrote:Got the panels stitched to the frames, all the panels are loosely stitched, except the ends. Step 7: "The 6mm floor panels have a twist in them so you'll have to force it a bit." Well Yeah!! It was me and the Swamp Girl... Mano a Bateau... with steel wire, needle nose pliers and the garaged door closed... I got her down. Actually I got one end stitched up. The wounds will have to heal before I tackle the other end. Photo's are still in the film camera. I'm so low tech. MK
lol...those bottom panels are the tightest twist I have in any of my plans. The wood will take it though.

I've never been a big fan of wire. Poked my fingers too many times. That's why I like the plastic zip ties.
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Post by Kayak Jack » Mon Jan 31, 2005 10:19 pm

A couple of my boats still have small pieces of wire in them. I tried to remove it a bit too late, and the epoxy was stronger than the wire.

It sometimes helps if you use a regular pair of pliers, grasp the wire right up tight, and then gently r-o-l-l-l-l the pliers over. This eases the wire out with finesse.
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Removing wires from the end sections

Post by Mullet_Key » Tue Feb 01, 2005 12:18 pm

On my Pygmy, I used the hot-wire car battery method for the wires embedded in expoxy on the ends.
1.) Clip wires leaving about 1/2" on each end, making sure both are reasonalby straight.
2.) With heavy gauge wire, clip the ground to one end,
3.) Using heavy wire, clip or touch the other end, to make positive contact. It will start to glow quickly.
4.) Remove clip, make a straight pull. Pulled clean on every one.
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Post by Mullet_Key » Mon Feb 07, 2005 10:42 am

All dimensions checked, all stitched up and started the "spot welding" last night.
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Post by Mullet_Key » Sun May 08, 2005 8:09 pm

After a short hiatus.. the hull is complete. Just finished the second fill coat of the exterior glass. Will start dressing off the inside, adding gunnels, rubrails and the short decks.
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Post by Guest » Sun May 08, 2005 8:16 pm

Well, Mullet, good to hear the hammer and saw back in action again. I'm pretty good at stretching a two month project into 6-8 months myself.

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