Q & A — May 2004
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
2: Two-Stroke Acceleraton Problems, and more
I’m doing a
small fiberglass project and am having trouble making straight end cuts
on the plain-weave cloth. Before I waste any more cloth, do you have any
tips on how to do this? D.V., via e-mail
an occasional “flat spot” or hesitation upon acceleration from
my tender’s two-stroke outboard. What could be wrong? V.P.,
A small amount of gasoline was mistakenly put into my freshwater tank. None got through the system, and I emptied the tank. While I use this tank primarily for cleaning dishes and showering, there is a residual smell. How can I eliminate it? B.C., via e-mail
Unfortunately you’ll probably have to remove the tank from your boat. After doing so, seal its drain end, pour two gallons of undiluted rubbing alcohol along with a small amount of water into it, and swish it around. The alcohol will combine with the water as well as the residual hydrocarbons. When you pour out the solution—in the proper fashion—most of the gasoline will go with it. Repeat the procedure, then rinse the tank with clean water from a hose at full pressure, letting the water overflow for a few minutes.
Next, empty the tank and pour in the contents of a small box of baking soda. With the hose on full pressure, fill the tank until it’s half full, then reduce the pressure and fill the tank all the way. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes, empty it, and repeat the entire process. After this, you should not be able to detect any odor.
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This article originally appeared in the April 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.