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Saturated Anchor Locker Lid Repair - Part 1

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So over the last week I finally got around to completing the repairs to my saturated anchor locker lid. First off was the task of cleaning out the saturated balsa core and scoured back to the underside glass mat. It was obvious that the lid had seen previous repairs as some sections of the lid had thick areas of hardened epoxy. It was also obvious that where the holes for the bolts securing the slide handle were located had been drilled through the balsa core and a major cause of the problem.

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My first task was to mix up some thickened epoxy and build up an area around the hinge posts and sliding handle to ensure that the bolt securing holes for these items were located in the thickened epoxy. Seeing as I had the lid opened up I decided to move the chain locker cutout from the starboard side of the lid to the forward end of the lid so that my new 5/16" anchor chain will come off the anchor and drop directly into the locker. I used the cut out piece as the filler for the side and will add a little non-skid patterned epoxy to have it match the rest of the locker lid on top. The next day after the epoxy areas had hardened I cut out a new balsa core from a 3/8" sheet sourced from Defender and left a 3/8" to 1/2" gap around the perimeter for epoxy and the glass to fill. I mixed up a batch of West Systems epoxy with 206 fast hardener due to the low temperatures in the garage. First thing was to wet the bottom side of the balsa sheet, next I mixed up a large batch of thickened epoxy and applied it to the the inside of the lid and then laid the balsa into the lid and applied pressure and finally weighted it all down with containers etc.


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Updated 03-07-2018 at 08:55 AM by kiwisailor

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