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Offline happul3

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Grate modification idea
« on: August 22, 2018, 11:36:36 AM »
As I was cleaning weeds out of intake grate again it occurred to me that the rectangular profile of the ribs (flat bottom in particular) isn't ideal. Suppose that bottom of each rib is made into triangular shape capable of cutting/splitting weak weeds without compromising strength of the grate or creating larger openings. It might also help when cleaning grate with a pole brush without getting to shore. What do you think, folks? 

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Re: Grate modification idea
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2018, 12:02:25 PM »
I carry a long handle with a brush on the end with me. Works great, no more finding a place to jump out to clean the grate. If you have Tom's clutch just put it in netural and drift over the weeds.

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Re: Grate modification idea
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2018, 01:22:24 PM »
The grate is there to keep things from passing through that could clog or damage the impeller, and a tapered profile would just aid debris in getting wedged in between. Flat and straight is the best. Clutch is a huge asset in avoiding things from getting sucked up, and instrumental in allowing it to fall away in most cases. I've coasted over logs etc. to help wipe the grate clean. Very rarely have I had to actually beach the boat and pull the pump to clear things out.
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Re: Grate modification idea
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2018, 04:09:16 PM »
Imagine the rectagular box as the rear hull.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/djioxxp89uatt0h/IMG_3399.JPG?dl=0

alternate pull left and right just like cleaning your back with loofah. The only warning is if you hit sometiing that catches the line...let me think ...hehe

« Last Edit: August 22, 2018, 04:17:15 PM by mokamo »

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Re: Grate modification idea
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2018, 04:15:23 PM »
Guess Iím more careful about the weeds as I gain experience. I havenít had to beach and clean the grate since Mosquito lake. Might have to look for a brush like Larryís until I can order Tomís grate cleaner.
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Re: Grate modification idea
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2018, 04:15:37 PM »
I carry a long handle with a brush on the end with me. Works great, no more finding a place to jump out to clean the grate. If you have Tom's clutch just put it in netural and drift over the weeds.

Would you kindly post a photo of your brush please. I'd like to know what you used that was stiff and coarse enough to do the job. I'm willing to beach the Mokai to clean the grate in the summer, but I'm not getting out when there's still chunks of ice in the river in the spring!

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Re: Grate modification idea
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2018, 08:37:59 PM »
Would also like to see pics of what you use to clean grate. With winter coming I need something where you donít have to get wet.

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Re: Grate modification idea
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2018, 08:41:24 AM »
http://www.improvingyourmokai.com/index.php/topic,1290.0.html

Check out the link above in Boat Riggings and Modifications on Intake weed removal tool.