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 Post subject: Water in mast
PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2004 10:12 am 
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Hey Guys,

Installed a comptip this spring and went to take the mast down for the year when I noticed plenty of water in the mast below the comptip.
Just wondering, is it easier to remove the base, drain, replace the base, then seal the mast or drill a hole, drain, seal the hole, seal the rest of the mast?

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John


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2004 8:43 am 
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Did you install the plug below the tip? Epoxy the tip in place? Possibly the water is coming in elsewhere, but if the plug was not installed, drill a hole below the joint to drain. Pressurize and check for leaks elsewhere. You can inject a 2 part (floatation) foam into the mast below the tip. This would be a short squirt of foam to create a 1 foot long plug right at the connection. Tip the mast head down and squirt the foam in. Plug the hole with a finger while the foam expands... so it doesn't squirt back at you!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2004 11:54 am 
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Plug installed, tip epoxy set, water is in the lower part of the mast. I'm thinking, remove the base, find the leak, and re-rivet the base back on. Any thoughts?
John


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 Post subject: Thoughts
PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2004 11:57 am 
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Drill out one base rivet and inject air pressure. Soap around the whole lower mast looking for bubbles that would identify a leak.

It is likely that the upper plug slipped out of place or is leaking under pressure of a capsize (turtled?).

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