Boat­yard Tip

Got an old pair of woolen, tube-type socks kick­ing around? Don’t throw ‘em away! By Capt. Bill Pike

Power & Motor Yacht - - IN THIS ISSUE -

How to get the most from a jug of paint thin­ner, plus the easy fix to avoid wrist rash from sharp edges for­ever.

If you’re a boater who does a good bit of your own on­board work, whether it en­tails chang­ing the oil or in­stalling a brand-new in­verter on a vir­tu­ally un­reach­able swathe of bulk­head, you most likely have ex­pe­ri­enced what I’ll call “wrist rash.” Ex­plain­ing what the term means may help you iden­tify.

Let’s say you are at­tempt­ing to ap­ply a ratchet-type socket wrench with an ex­ten­der to a bolt that is quite in­ac­ces­si­ble and, to be suc­cess­ful, you must reach over and be­yond some un­re­lated para­pher­na­lia that has sharp edges. You know, the sharp edges that of­ten at­tend hose clamps with­out plas­tic guards or the in­sides of lock­ers where the fiber­glass struc­ture is per­haps not as highly fin­ished as it might oth­er­wise be.

What hap­pens? You scrape or nick the wrist you’re us­ing to turn the wrench, of­ten quite painfully. Then, if you’re like most of the rest of us, you make a col­or­ful com­ment about what’s just oc­curred and briefly won­der why it’s al­ways your wrists that get banged up. Then you usu­ally lapse into a state of for­get­ful­ness, re­sume what you were do­ing, soon ex­pe­ri­ence yet another scrape or nick, for­get about that one too … the gloomy lit­tle process can go on for hours, or even longer, to such an ex­tent that at the end of any given day you—or rather your wrist or wrists—feel and look like the walk­ing wounded.

What’s the fix? Sim­ply dig up a pair of thick, wool, small-di­am­e­ter tube socks and cut them to a length that will nicely cover your wrists. Then, be­fore you in­stall that next buss bar or at­tempt to change the zinc in that al­most to­tally in­ac­ces­si­ble heat exchanger, sim­ply slip on your new “Wrist Pro­tec­tors,” at least for the worst part of the job. You may be glad you did.

Okay, so maybe you’re not go­ing to get the award for best-dressed guy at the ma­rina. But still ...

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