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I literally just had to use this stuff earlier in the summer. Caught a rock I didn't see trying to run a shallow rifle. The stuff works well. Got me home without a problem. On my very first jet, the boat was a piece of junk and needed retired but didn't have the funds. The bottom of my boat looked like the bottom side of school desk but the inside stayed dry!
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Poked a new drain in my last tinny, 3 miles from a ramp, pulled it up on a mid river ledge. Naturally the hole was beneath the middle seat. Melted some soft plastics with a lighter, on a stick, packed the goo in the hole, got her back to the ramp just fine.
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New River Rat wrote:Poked a new drain in my last tinny, 3 miles from a ramp, pulled it up on a mid river ledge. Naturally the hole was beneath the middle seat. Melted some soft plastics with a lighter, on a stick, packed the goo in the hole, got her back to the ramp just fine.
This was a trick I had to use on a buddies little riveted tin can on truman lake duck hunting once thankfully I'm not martha stuart when it comes to keeping my boat clean and had some old used up soft plastic flukes and senkos hanging around forgotten in corners of my boat. Lake was way up we were way back in back in a area that normally doesn't have water I went over an old t post for an old fence just put a scrape in my boat, but went right through his thinner hull. Thank full it was kind of the lower side so we went shore raised that side up some and wedged a tree limb under. Melted the soft plastic lure material on to a stick and gooped it in. It leaked some still but not much was slow enough his bilge was able to keep up which it wasn't able to keep up with the initial hole.

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Great tip, I'm going to toss a mini-torch into the boat toolkit!

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They're handy to have when fishing. If you don't have super glue & need to keep a trailer from slipping down a hook you can heat the hook with the lighter/torch & quickly thread the plastic on so it melts & fuses to the hook, or dry a hook off quickly so superglue will bond faster.
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onthewater102 wrote:
Riverdog wrote:
Crazyboat wrote:JB weld or other epoxy type thing for small holes.
Just FYI. Aluminum welders hate working a spot that has previously had JB weld on it.
Do they prefer to work on boats @ the bottom of a lake?

I keep a tube of this on board just in case. Don't know if I'd trust the toilet wax ring applied from the outside - likely get scrapped off if you try moving at any speed.

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Just hit a rock and put three small holes in the bottom. Talked to west boat shop in Missouri (where I bought the boat) and a shop closer here in Texas. Both asked if I put any JB weld on it. Said it would make their job harder. I don't know much about welding, just passing along the info.


Here's a post I found on another site.
Well after about 2 dozen calls and a visit to 2 marinas, I found a welder who will patch it about 40 miles from my house. He will get it in tomorrow.
I hit a ton of sites on this, got the following on JB Weld for hulls:
1. A lot of folks have used it with varying success.
2. While it does hold up well for things like cracked engine blocks, and intake valves, etc the flex of a boat hull especially one the width of mine, will lead it to fail sooner or later.
3. I had 4 welders tell me to go ahead and use it. and 5 tell me using it would be something i would regret and when I did finally come to them to weld it, they would charge me extra cause it has to be completely removed for them to fix it.
4. Some of the Epoxies out there work well, I think Gluvit was mentioned by name in this thread. I hit 5 stores near me and none of them carry it.
5. Long term permanent fix is find a welder, and get it fixed the old fashioned way.
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How hard can it be to grind out some JB WELD?

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Crazyboat wrote:How hard can it be to grind out some JB WELD?

I'm not going to pretend I know much about welding (I can barely solder) I can only pass on what I have learned since putting holes in my boat. Here's another thread, if you care to read.

https://www.catfish1.com/threads/alumin ... tion.3766/
i am a welder an mostly weld aluminum boats , i would NEVER recomend any kind of jb weld or cauking. yes it might be a cheap fix but it will have to be done over an over again un till you are tired of fixing an the worst part is when you deside to fix it RIGHT (welding) it will cost you more because of the impuritys you have been putting in the alum. an for a 5 to 7 inch split myself i would charge only about 40 bucks. witch isnt very much. so if i was you i would go to a local welding shop that welds aluminum an have it welded. they will probebly have a flat minumum charge for welding walkin work but it shouldnt be more than 50bucks if it is find someone else. clean it well befor you take it to have it looked at for this will help with cost if you have already preped it to weld you will need a stainless steel wire brush of any kind as in a manual or air powered i prefer air but use what you have. you can go to any local hardware store an pick up a stainless steel brush for around 5 bucks. it mush be stainless steel to brush aluminum. an drill a very small hole at the ends of the cracks this will help stop splitting. if you do these 2 things first befor you have it looked at it still will probly cost about 40 or what ever their flat fee is but it should only take them about 5 mins to fix.
newatcats is right on DON'T EVER try and fix any thing thats alum with jb weld been welding and in buisness for 42 years and once you put that s$!t on it you'll pay double to fix it right and the day will come you'll have to fix it. make sure ya drill that hole and get it clean,clean with solvent run a propane torch over the crack lighly to clean out the crack and wire brush. man $100.00 i think someone didn't want to do it or something may b he needed a new boat. lol. we charge in my shop 80.00 an hour with a 20.00 min. and if its all prept it should take less 1/2 hr or 40.00
My holes just happened to be under the rear bench. The welder had to remove the carpet and cut the top to remove the foam and clean the hull. I only wanted to do that once.
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I'd only use it if I were out on the water and got a hole that needed a quick fix, it's by no means a perma job IMO. Thanks

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Depending on how much jb weld was used it can be a paint to get it cleaned away from the top and bottom side so you can make a good weld. If you don't clean it well and have some little bit left it gets in your weld and makes you have to grind away the crappy weld and redo it.

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Crazyboat wrote:I'd only use it if I were out on the water and got a hole that needed a quick fix, it's by no means a perma job IMO. Thanks
This. I keep the JB water weld on hand as an emergency only.
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This guy did a test on a bunch of duct tapes including flex seal. Seemed like flex seal did the best underwater.
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earl60446 wrote:This guy did a test on a bunch of duct tapes including flex seal. Seemed like flex seal did the best underwater.
OMG ... you mean ... Flex Seal may actually be a DECENT :wink: product ... :?: ??????????????

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earl60446 wrote:This guy did a test on a bunch of duct tapes including flex seal. Seemed like flex seal did the best underwater.
Tim

Hey, that wasn't Phil Swift. :LOL22:

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Temporarily: toilet ring wax and a piece of duct tape cover. This is why I didn't want welded in floors.

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