Bulkhead repair and installation must-knows: tips and basic information
Perhaps you have seen one of your neighbors doing some bulkhead repair and installation. And you yourself would want to have a bulkhead in your home because you have seen how useful it has been to your neighbor. But if you are still having doubts about the bulkhead repair and installation process, you do not have to worry so much. This can be fairly easy. Here are some information on bulkhead repair and installation to help you out.
Of course, before you enter any bulkhead repair and installation venture, you must first know what a bulkhead is and what its purposes are.
A bulkhead is basically a physical partition inside a craft like a plane or a ship which divides it into different sections or classes. It is usually a wall. But it can also be a curtain or a screen.
Aside from this, a bulkhead can also serve as a divider which separates seats from the gallery and lavatory areas. It can also refer to a box-like structure that you built over an opening. Like for instance, a staircase, an elevator or a shaft.
As for actual bulkhead repair and installation, you do not have to worry about shedding out too much cash. While it is always best to leave certain things to expert, you can also engage yourself in simple bulkhead repair and installation activities. Here are some do-it-yourself tips to help you out.
For installing bulkheads, you have to make sure that they are clean and dry first. There should be no silicones, teflons, or even thread lubricants. The silicones and lubricants make the gasket scoot out. Also, you may not be able to seal the gasket properly because of them.
And before you install the bulkhead, have a pocket knife or even a nail file with you to clean out excess flashing off the threads and from the flat gasket mating surfaces as well. Doing so will prevent leaks in the future.
When it comes to bulkhead repair, one of the common questions is that whether you should get a repair or should you just consider getting an entirely new bulkhead. In deciding so, there can be a lot of things you must consider. First of which is price. The cost difference between getting a repair and installing an entirely new bulkhead is actually very substantial.
And while reparation can only be temporary, this however adds years to the life of your bulkhead.
If for example your problem is merely holes in your bulkhead, repairing those holes is actually relatively easy. You just have to dig down until the hole is exposed. And then you screw a pressure treated board in place. This will cover the hole. However, if the holes are too many, you also have the option of capping. It is basically placing a new 2-inch tongue and grove pressure treated planks over the old one. You just have to place the capping planks in place with the pressure treated 2 by 4's which can be spiked into your whalers.
While bulkhead repair and installation can be relatively easy and cheap, you always have the option of getting experts and professionals to do the task so you would not have to waste time and money.