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Old 01 September 2011, 11:09   #11
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Yes, I will be putting a pressure relief valve.
Note that you need one per chamber.

A shop called Man of Rubber in Tennessee has the Leafied OP valves in various release pressures. River Gear Online Store - River Store - Whitewater Store

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Old 01 September 2011, 11:21   #12
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That particular repair(on the site) was carried out on a PVC Zodiac, whereas the Avon I think is hyperlon - much harder to repair, different glues and processes.
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Challenging repair, agree. Whit my limited experience on both materials, I rather repair hypalon than PVC. But that might be pure a matter of taste?
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Old 01 September 2011, 20:18   #13
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Caveat: Have no experience on PVC.

I don't recall seeing that the procedure is all that different; just the materials used. Different solvent (usually), different glue, different patch material. Everything else remains the same: Clean, sand, clean, glue, dry, glue, dry, glue, nearly-dry, and join with as much pressure as you can get on it.

Personally, though, I'd say the repair the OP faces is a send-to-a-professional type job.

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Old 02 September 2011, 09:23   #14
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Considering I paid $150 for the boat (and nicer ones are for sale for $250 on Cragislist), it's probably not worth having a pro repair this boat. I bought $50 worth of glue, patches, rollers, sand paper, MEK.

This weekend should be fun, especially since it sounds like this has to be done inside the house for humidity control. I'll post some pics of the patch job.
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Old 02 September 2011, 12:15   #15
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Don't mess around with the heat and humidity. I have seen seemingly good bonds come apart while repairs that were made in better environmental conditions have held great. It is such a hassle to prep I go a little farther to ensure my repair holds. I bought a cheap hygrometer for $12 US and I have been amazed at how the immediate local humidity varies and doesn't seem to match how it feels. Moisture is not your friend

I'm cheap and have never paid for a repair. But it has sucked up a lot of my time!

My favorite repair guide.
http://www.shipstore.com/SS/HTML/INFO/INFOGLUE.html
http://www.shipstore.com/SS/HTML/INFO/INFOHYPNEO.html
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A specialist repairer would be in the region of $200-$300. But most would not touch the boat due to the age. Take your time with the repair - it's all in the preparation. Usually I'd do the inner on one day and let cure overnight and then apply the outer repair.
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