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Old 02 April 2010, 14:48   #1
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Sounder lubricant

I've just finished wiring up a sounder and will be mounting the transducer head in the bilge of my vipermax. The Airmar instructions call for filling the mounting boss with propylene glycol before inserting the transducer itself. Anyone got any bright thoughts on where best to buy such stuff. Not sure it'll be on the shelf at Morrisons somehow.
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Not sure it'll be on the shelf at Morrisons somehow.
Apparantly it's the main ingredient in deodorant sticks so you're in luck!

Seriously though, I've no idea what purpose it has on your transducer, perhaps to fill the air gap between the transducer and hull? Most people use sikaflex as that would bond the transducer in at the same time.
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Apparantly it's the main ingredient in deodorant sticks so you're in luck!
I found that on Wiki as well!

I'm presuming it must act as a good conductive medium between the base of the transducer and the hull. I've read that some use oil, and I guess anything that is gloopy but doesn't readily hold bubbles of air will work. I am toying with the idea of just siliconing the thing straight into the hull on a 'suck it and see' basis.
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When fitting mine I just pumped a huge dollop of sika on the floor and sat the transducer in it. If you work it around a bit you should get rid of any air.
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Its one of these https://buy.garmin.com/shop/search.d...r=010-10327-00 that I've got. I s'pose it'll be fine without its mounting base, adn just glued to the hull.
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Erin, do a search cos it's been discussed umpteen times before.
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with my hard boat transducer i glassed a peice of grp tube about the same diameter as the transducer to the hull and then filled it with normal car antifreeze and slid the tranducer firmly inside and made a bung to go in the top ,on another boat we used hypiod 90 gear oil , have had no problems with either .and ones been fitted over 20 years . my instuction /fitting manual says i could use antifreeze or oil ,or any other fluid as long as it wont freeze up in winter perhaps causing damage .
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Used KY Jelly on ultrasonic flow sensors, works well, also contains your vital ingredient:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-Y_Jelly
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3 in 1 oil works for me.
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Thanks gentlemen. Unless I can readily find a source of propylene glycol I think I'm going just try sticking it in place with silicone or sika. If it ever breaks free then I'll upgrade to epoxy as a more permanent option.

Found another interesting use for the stuff though. Apparently it is the primary medium in lava lamps. The coloured floating blobs being mineral oil.
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