Idiot owner (leak)

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  1. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    True story: While working at my empty lot, a "bump-steer" Bobcat excavator rolled a really big tubeless tire off the rim. The owner drove off to "buy some hardware". He returned with a book of matches, and a can of carburetor spray. He sprayed inside the rim, waited a few seconds, then threw a match in the tire's general location. POP! :eek: the tire was again firmly on the rim...! :cool: The tire was then returned to its correct pressure.

    Don't try this at home! :confused:
     
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  2. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    In case I'd left a question mark about using hose clamps to squish the tire onto the bead, here's the hose clamp fix I suggested—as a photograph.

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    Note the screwdriver. It's sold by Ace Hardware, has four reversible bits (two shown), plus the ability to adjust hose clamps with its 5/16ths inch (or ¼") nut-driver end. While rugged and long lasting, Ace's replacement bits are less than $4.

    At least one other larger size of Ace screwdriver is available.
     
  3. signal charlie

    signal charlie Active Member Staff Member

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    Another way to get a dolly tire reseated is to tie a piece of line around the circumference of the tire, in the middle. Then take a stick and tighten it like a torniquet to compress the middle of the tire and the beads should go out to the rim. Or use a ratchet strap. Only put enough air in to seat the bead, then remove the strap.
     
  4. rogerkallhovd

    rogerkallhovd New Member

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    Hi--
    Thanks again. I get to boat in fits & starts. The advice you (& a couple of others) gave me has worked great todate. Cockpit bailer drilled out--and expansion plug installed. Today I caulked leaking seams with 5200. Now remains to fix dolly tires. Sailing will have to wait till next year.
    Regards
    Roger
     
  5. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    It's "Next Year"! :p

    In the meantime, I had a tire loosen from the rim on an old garden trailer with four wheels. A new 5-bolt mounted wheel is now $20! :eek: (But watching for a sale).

    A new cart is $85. :rolleyes:

    So I tried the hose clamp "fix" with my 20-gallon compressor.

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    It didn't work because the tire was Florida-sun hardened, so I drilled six equally-spaced ¼-inch holes into the tread, and filled the inside with Great Stuff®. (Using the remainder of an old can—about ½-full—using a coat hanger to clear the spray head). With the help of the other three tires, it's holding up! :)
     
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    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    I did say, "Not to try this at home", right? :confused:

     
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  7. Webfoot1

    Webfoot1 Active Member

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    If the first wheel hub in the video is a split-rim then this is beyond
    stupid.
     

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