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I finally did it, I got my first boat.  I went to open up the drain plug with a channel lock pliers, and the plug wont move.


I am afraid that too much force will break the housing that the plug fits in.  So the question is, how hard should the plug be tighten on, and how hard should I try to open up the plug?


The boat has been in the water for the entire summer season, and now being on the trailer, I want to make sure that if it rains, it will drain out (I don't want to keep the bilge on auto as I am about to winterize the motor and bringing in the batteries.)


Please take a look at the plug and let me know what you think.


Thanks in advance!1819352

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What a bozo putting in a steel plug. Time to swap out that housing and forget the plug. Pop in a new brass plate with brass plug. If the screws are seized just drill em and pop out it out.

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Thanks Riddler,


I knew it didn't look too kosher.  It seemed that they used a plumbing gas plug you get from Home Depot and shoved it in there with some goop. 


How difficult is it to do the job of the change out?


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Put the wrench to it (Vice Gripes).but be easy. try to move it just a little each way. but some WD40 or LW on it first. let it set for a while. Be careful , the hole thing may move? If it moves go a little at a time until you have gone a full turn. Good luck

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I would say once you get the iron plug out you go to the Hardware store and get a plastic plug, problem solved. Note: i would buy at least two.

 

Peace

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DW40 worked, and it seems it's either brass or bronze.  The flange is good, so now on to cleaning it up.

 

The prior owner probably cleaned the boat with On-Off. It is an acid solution (sulfuric, maybe). If you just touch brass with it, you get instant fuzzy green corrosion... stuff will ruin a trailer, too.

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