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Old 26 July 2014, 06:43   #1
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Sealing containers

Well it's two weeks to jura and mull . After a lot of help/advice I am making my buoy and marker flag . I am using a twenty litre container that we order chainsaw oil in . They do not leak when being used for their purpose but. I know at least one of you mentioned sealing the lid . Is this something. I need to do and if so with what ?


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ISO top flex tape. It's gaffer tape x1000. It's designed for sealing up airtight buildings. The awesome-ist tape in the whole of Tapesville. ;-)
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ISO top flex tape. It's gaffer tape x1000. It's designed for sealing up airtight buildings. The awesome-ist tape in the whole of Tapesville. ;-)

Yes but is it any good !!


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ISO top flex tape. It's gaffer tape x1000. It's designed for sealing up airtight buildings. The awesome-ist tape in the whole of Tapesville. ;-)


Just had a look at it . Your marketing skills are better than theirs . How do you use it .


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If its only out 24hours I'd be less than certain it needs it if you are happy the oil seal works.

If you wanted to do something a quick squirt of silicone/sikkaflex would probably be in order but if there is residual oil will it stick? Would some tape around the outside work better? Or would a good dose of expanding foam be better? Squirt in apply cap as fast as possible and invert? My suspicion is your point of failure is more likely the attachment of the buoy to rope... does it have a moulded in handle? what stops the rope chaffing through that? If you were squirting expanding foam about I might be tempted to try and get some inside the handle so if it chaffs through it gets to foam... foam has no strength so it will chaff through that too and out the otherside but would float longer than once the first hole is in the handle... I'd also think about chaff protection on the outside - rope through a bit of pipe? Duck tape on some split pipe over the handle. Those handles are very soft PVC / PE plastic in my experience...

Most with handles moulded in have the lid and handle close together. great for pouring but means the handle will become the bottom so the lid will be in the water...
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Just had a look at it . Your marketing skills are better than theirs . How do you use it .

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Pull off the backing and it's just sticky tape, but very hench tape.
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If its only out 24hours I'd be less than certain it needs it if you are happy the oil seal works.

If you wanted to do something a quick squirt of silicone/sikkaflex would probably be in order but if there is residual oil will it stick? Would some tape around the outside work better? Or would a good dose of expanding foam be better? Squirt in apply cap as fast as possible and invert? My suspicion is your point of failure is more likely the attachment of the buoy to rope... does it have a moulded in handle? what stops the rope chaffing through that? If you were squirting expanding foam about I might be tempted to try and get some inside the handle so if it chaffs through it gets to foam... foam has no strength so it will chaff through that too and out the otherside but would float longer than once the first hole is in the handle... I'd also think about chaff protection on the outside - rope through a bit of pipe? Duck tape on some split pipe over the handle. Those handles are very soft PVC / PE plastic in my experience...

Most with handles moulded in have the lid and handle close together. great for pouring but means the handle will become the bottom so the lid will be in the water...

Yes it has a moulded handle and yes the cap will be submersed . I will be checking it every morning, do I guess I can check it for leaks and possibly any rope chaffing. I went up whitby last weekend and it seemed that all the markers were made like this with flags . So that's what has made me go for this way .

Also spartacus has guaranteed that I will find lost buoys whilst up there !! Probably lost from rope chaffing.

I am now going to take a fresh look at how to attach rope to moulded handle minimising rope chaffing.


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Pull off the backing and it's just sticky tape, but very hench tape.

Is it good enough to prevent rope chaffing and could I dangle it in the water and pull up lobsters with it


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It's no more durable than gaffer type, but a shed load stickier and it doesn't dry up and let go over time as gaffer tape does. I found it when sealing up our house for MVHR.
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It's no more durable than gaffer type, but a shed load stickier and it doesn't dry up and let go over time as gaffer tape does. I found it when sealing up our house for MVHR.

I know I am being thick but would you wrap it round the thread and then put the cap on after or just go round the cap when it's on .


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