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Old 08-01-2008   #1
 
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Water in my floor

I Need some advice on how to get water out of my raft floor. I lent the raft out. While they were using it, a patch on the floor came off and the floor took on water. They shopvaced most of the water out but there is still some in there. I tore the patch off, filled the floor with air, then tilted the raft so that the hole was in the lowest point and that got some of it out. But there is still about a gallon in there.

What to do next?

I could take the pressure release valve off and try to drain it from there.

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did you try deflating and rolling the raft up with either the valve or patch removed? Use a shortened piece 2x4 or something like that to get a tight roll going.
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did you try deflating and rolling the raft up with either the valve or patch removed? Use a shortened piece 2x4 or something like that to get a tight roll going.
I will try that with the pressure release valve unscrewed.

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don't take the valve off. Try turning your pump backwards (deflate instead of inflate) and suck it out that way. Then, fill up with air, hot sun, release. Repeat, repeat, and repeat.
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don't take the valve off. Try turning your pump backwards (deflate instead of inflate) and suck it out that way. Then, fill up with air, hot sun, release. Repeat, repeat, and repeat.

The good thing about the old Riken floor valves is that you can unscrew the valve without loosing the inside part.

But I see your point. I might try that too.
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don't take the valve off. Try turning your pump backwards (deflate instead of inflate) and suck it out that way. Then, fill up with air, hot sun, release. Repeat, repeat, and repeat.
I'm not a rafter, but it seems that you'd be doing a lot of good if you could establish consistent air flow through the wet tube. Is it possible to put a long hose into the tube, and hook it up to a compressor, let it run for a few hours?

Another alternative: could you put alcohol in the tube to speed evaporation (not sure if this would work, is a good idea, or a prudent use of alcohol).
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I'm not a rafter, but it seems that you'd be doing a lot of good if you could establish consistent air flow through the wet tube. Is it possible to put a long hose into the tube, and hook it up to a compressor, let it run for a few hours?

Another alternative: could you put alcohol in the tube to speed evaporation (not sure if this would work, is a good idea, or a prudent use of alcohol).

I can fill the floor with an electric pump. This does create pressure to get the water out.

The alcohol will evaporate. Don't think this would speed up the water evap.

I also don't want to put it out in the sun to get the water to evaporate out of the little hole.
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