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Old 30 April 2007, 11:04   #11
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Does the .8mm actually make a difference? I didn't think tolerances on hitches were that tight.

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Old 30 April 2007, 12:39   #12
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You are probably correct. However I am still going to modify a 2 inch. Currently using a 1 7/8 just to move it around. I put a jack under the tongue to test if will come off and it will not due to the lock mechanism. Thank goodness we do have to put up with the CE regs. and Brussels EU. idiots who will sometime in the future pass a law on how often you should go to the toilet and how many sheets of paper you can use.
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Old 01 May 2007, 06:38   #13
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Limey Linda,

How difficult is it to get a 50mm ball in the US?

It might sound silly, but my wife is going to Toronto on Thursday am, and can probably take one from Australia and drop it in the post. Wouldn't cost too much and I'm sure you could reciprocate info somehow!

Drop me a pm with address details if you think it's worth it.

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Old 02 May 2007, 16:07   #14
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Tube cleaning solvent test

Today I purchased 1 qt. each of Toluene and Xylene. Did a test on the tubes and found that the Xylene is slghtly more agressive than the Toluene. By agressive I mean that the rag I used for wiping had more tube colour on it than the other one. Both work well. Not much risk of doing any damage as the air temp is 80degrees F. and both evaporate almost instantly.
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Old 02 May 2007, 19:52   #15
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Magic formula

I will try to attach a photo of my tube cleaning tests today. Upper panel was cleaned with Xylene, the lower panel was cleaned with Magic formula, I then went back to the upper panel and cleaned half of it with MF. I am very pleased with the result. The Xylene cleaning required hard rubbing with a coarse cloth
The MF was painted on with a brush, left for 3 mins. and then hosed off.
PS. Works great on fibreglass also.
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Old 03 May 2007, 13:11   #16
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I did some experimenting. Needless to say I take no responsibility for the use of this method of tube/ fibreglass cleaning

2 parts water
1 part Muriatic acid. (add acid to water not the other way)
Stir with wood/plastic stick
Drizzle in 'White N' Brite while stiring until consitency is about equiv. to thin custard
Paint on with stiff brush and leave for 4 mins. Use brush to work into the more stubborn stains.
Hose off with water
Clean one section at a time not whole boat

White N' Brite is available from swimming pool wholesalers for acid washing plaster pools.

Wear eye protection, rubber gloves and old clothes. Do not allow hosed of residue to puddle for any length of time inside the hull. Do not do this on your front lawn as it will kill it. It will not remove rubber/PVC marks so spot clean these with solvent first. See photo in previous post.

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Old 03 May 2007, 21:15   #17
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I did some experimenting.
LOL... I think I'll wait for a bit until I try this... Perhaps you could post a further report in a few weeks and let us know if your tubes are still intact!
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Looks like your special mixture does a pretty good job T. I personally prefer the elbow grease method myself but hypalon is some pretty tough stuff. I use 3m fabric cleaner mixed in a hot bucket of water and lots of scotch bright pads + sweat and tears. Putting acids and thinners still scare me so keep us posted on how everything turns out, you might save me from tennis elbow yet .
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Old 04 May 2007, 12:08   #19
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LOL... I think I'll wait for a bit until I try this... Perhaps you could post a further report in a few weeks and let us know if your tubes are still intact!
Hi Stoo
Check out http://www.pre-owned-yacht-tenders.com/tender.htm
I would not get it near metal however. The White N brite is a thickener so it does not run where you do not want it. I estimate I can do my whole boat ( 7meter) for about $22. No ill effects on test area after 3 days.
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Check out http://www.pre-owned-yacht-tenders.com/tender.htm
I would not get it near metal however. The White N brite is a thickener so it does not run where you do not want it. I estimate I can do my whole boat ( 7meter) for about $22. No ill effects on test area after 3 days.
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I was uneasy about what you were using limey but it looks like you have done your homework! Something I sure as hell didn't know...
I am going make a confession.. I have never cleaned the tubes on my current boat.. course they are black so no one notices!
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