Date: 3 April 2017. JB Weld (cap
won't open fix)
Published late because, well, I've
been playing online and reading too. Having bandwidth is such a
Pinterest is a real weakness of mine. I've been overloading on
totally decadent Mug Cake recipes found on that site. I'll tell you
about my favorites one of these days...
Thanks for your patience. J.
Although I have a rather extensive
tool inventory, it's mostly old stuff. Sometimes my perfectly good
tube of gook will have a cap that simply refuses to untwist. This
time the problem tube was JB Weld. I've made a mess more than one
time trying to get to the good stuff inside a recalcitrant container.
Now I have finally figured out
a solution so simple I wonder why I'd never thought of it before.
Best of all, it's free.
The problem was the JB Weld lid would not come off.
I even took my vise
grips to it without success.
That's when I pulled out my scissors and cut off the
bottom. Voila. Instant access.
JB Weld is a two-part product. Put
a bit of the black gunk on the
mixing tray. Add an equal amount of the catalyst aka hardener.
JB Weld is
a good item
to have in your tool chest.
The black tube contains
a steel reinforced epoxy. The catalyst aka hardener is in
the red tube.
First using the black
tube put half the end
amount you desire on your mixing tray. Then add an equal
amount of the Red tube.
JB Weld to
temporarily seal a leak in an oil pressure sending unit. I
did replace said unit as soon as I could get to a store.
Underway, you do what you have to do to keep going.
JB Weld Original Cold-Weld
Steel Reinforced Epoxy
Put equal amounts of both the steel
reinforced epoxy (black tube) and the hardener (red tube) on your tray.
Then mix the two until they are a consistent grey color. There
should be no streaks in the goop.
I have a couple of old lids
from food containers. I use them for mixing sticky stuff. The blue one
shown above was probably a coffee can top though honestly I don't
remember any more.
When funds are
tight using everything up is good stewardship.
First find a container to mix the
goop. Flexible plastic that is glossy and slick will clean better
than the brittle plastic type. If you stash a margarine container
lid or two in your tool chest you won't be sorry. Once the lid gets
scratches it won't clean well. That's when I stop using it for a
I do get at least one more use out
of the lid. It becomes a parts holder. A lid will keep your screws
from rolling off the deck and into the bilge. Ask me how I learned
that!?! Keeping small bits and pieces together is a real chore on a
boat that rocks. Something that holds the wayward components is
helpful. Margarine or sour cream containers are also handy for
Old knives, small spatulas and
stirring JB Weld easy. Something disposable is best.
Skinny spatulas are my favorite for mixing and applying fillers. The
flexible edges are super for smoothing and leveling the goop. Silicone
spatulas have a downside however. They do not clean well.
Because the soft silicone spatulas
are hard to clean I shop for them at thrift stores. These are not
Retail buys, at least not for me. At a dime or even a quarter each they
are a good deal. Paying more than that is too rich for my blood.
Having a couple around is a good idea..
Today the neighbor had a loop come out of his screen
door. The hook part keeps the door closed. After one pull
too many the loop fell out. Opening the door without
unfastening the hook is not very smart. Oops!
That is when I got out my
JB Weld and solved
the problem. The repair is not particularly great to look
at. I do know this won't last forever. As a temporary
measure it's okay.
Since it works for now, it's Good Enough.
I used JB Weld back in Saul Creek. See the
Reigns (Saul Creek) article
to revisit that wonderful spot. I had an oil
pressure sending unit that started leaking. The solution was
multiple coats of JB Weld until the sender stopped oozing oil. It worked! When I
got into Apalachicola I went to ACE Hardware and
purchase a new sending unit. JB Weld definitely saved the day.
That's why I keep a couple tubes
(red and black) aboard. You might wish to do the same.
Two part products often
require a catalyst which causes the first part to harden. You
add it just prior to use. JB Weld along with many epoxy paints
require a catalyst. A catalyst is simply a hardener you stir
into the main product.
There is always a ratio (1
to 1, meaning equal parts of both products) or 2 to 1, etc. Read
the label and be careful.
Catalysts aka hardeners cause the product to
heat up so using the proper amount is important.
can start fires!!!
Don't use too much. Follow the directions.
May your life and boating be
happy and safe. I hope all your fixes are fast and much better looking than
my screen door repair. With a bit of paint the above will be quite
I'm having the time of my life.
Have you ever used JB Weld?
Was your repair permanent or temporary?
In the Bilges,
Sailboat in Gulfport
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