Tip #33: Anchoring the Shaft Seal
When you don't get a shaft seal watertight, you're not just dripping a little water, you're killing the motor.
The 'old school' method involves a little spit and a lot of pushing. Try a teaspoon mix of vegetable oil with a squirt of dish soap and use the unfolded paper instruction sheet to press it into place.
Any time you replace a seal, make sure the pump body socket is completely free of grit and grease. A good marine sealant like this DAP epoxy semi-permanently seats this shaft seaL It's important that any sealant you use is safe for use in salt water (chlorine) environments.
A good repainting job makes the deck look new again. But there are a few details you have to attend to, to make it work like new.
Deck paints, by definition, have enough vicosity to fill in small imperfections in a deck surface. Unfortunately, this extends to the vents in deck drain. Clog the vents and you flood the deck.
A thin, slotted screwdriver is just the tool you need to open these vents. Press the scraps of paint down into the drain and, if everything is working correctly ( see: DeckDrain ), all debris will be swept into the yard.
A 50' run of deck drain can be cleared in about 20 minutes.
When the deck floods after a paint, check the vents. Chances are, a little clean-up will fix the problem.
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