taping the deck

I managed to finish sanding the tape on the topside of the deck this evening. This, of course, means that my forearms are itchy.

Installing the deck ply went fairly smoothly. Once I’d cut them to shape and glued them to the frames I used whatever objects available to weigh the sheets down while the glue cured. That is how a couple of hay bales came to be the first items to sit on the deck.

Actually, they weren’t the first – I’d originally placed a couple of unopened (full) epoxy jugs near the decks edge. I only replaced them with bales after the duct tape holding one panel in place popped free sending one of the jugs tumbling. Suprisingly the plastic jug survived the 4 foot fall but the cap popped off under the pressure of the impact. Ughh. While spending the next 20 minutes soaking resin from the floor I consoled myself with that fact; imagining the mess I’d have had had the jug exploded.

3 Responses

  1. OzzyC says:

    September 23, 2005 at 4:23 pm

    There’s no doubt about it, sanding sux. The only way could see NOT ending up itching all over, is to wrap yourself in saran wrap… and then you’ve got the sweat to deal with.

    Glad you didn’t lose ALL of the resin


  2. andrew says:

    September 23, 2005 at 7:19 pm

    sanding sux

    Man, you can say that again! Do you and Greg flip a coin when it comes time to sand?

    You should see the resin I scooped up. It’s full of hay and nearly black from all the dust / dirt from the wood floor. I’m just going to find the most responsible way to dispose of it and pretend I never spent the money on it ;-)


  3. ozzyc says:

    September 24, 2005 at 2:24 pm

    No, we don’t flip a coin… we have two sanders, and we each take a side. Of course, since it’s Greg’s boat, I have him double-check my work and make sure it meets with his stringent standards.

    If it’s not too late, you should take a picture of the resin and post it on the site, just for a lark. Early on in the process, I stepped in epoxy, and then stepped on one of the panels. I’m positive that I posted that pic on the internet and/or on my blog site, but for the life of me, I can’t find it now. It’s a picture of my epoxied footprint on the boat panel.


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