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    Electric drill style float pump

    I hear that such a critter exists. Any information, thoughts and experiences welcome.
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    That be a good thing to have. Maybe like this> https://www.amazon.com/Milescraft-13.../dp/B00F1ZJG5E

    Better than a heavy generator and wet/dry vacuum cleaner.

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    I remember wishing for such a think pumping norseman floats....100 pumps at 5am was a workout lol.
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    When I first picked up the amphib Beaver for Kodiak, it hadn't been in water for a year or so.....those floats leaked like sieves. I rigged up a small 12 V pump with a plastic hose that fit the pump outs. After a week in the water, the floats gradually sealed up, with just a few minor leaks. According to JJ Frey, the Zinc Chromate paste tapes that EDO used between laps actually absorbed some water, helping to seal the floats. After Maintenance sealed up the few remaining leaks, life was good and the pump wasn't needed.

    If you really NEED a powered pump for your floats, get them out of the water and seal them up. We've been over a really easy procedure on this board a couple times. Seal them and all you'll get is a few squirts out of each compartment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farm_boy252 View Post
    I remember wishing for such a think pumping norseman floats....100 pumps at 5am was a workout lol.
    I just did a 90 pump round in a single compartment. Definitely have a project on my hands.

    They leaked some but not too bad. But after usage they are getting worse quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mvivion View Post
    When I first picked up the amphib Beaver for Kodiak, it hadn't been in water for a year or so.....those floats leaked like sieves. I rigged up a small 12 V pump with a plastic hose that fit the pump outs. After a week in the water, the floats gradually sealed up, with just a few minor leaks. According to JJ Frey, the Zinc Chromate paste tapes that EDO used between laps actually absorbed some water, helping to seal the floats. After Maintenance sealed up the few remaining leaks, life was good and the pump wasn't needed.

    If you really NEED a powered pump for your floats, get them out of the water and seal them up. We've been over a really easy procedure on this board a couple times. Seal them and all you'll get is a few squirts out of each compartment.

    MTV
    I am thinking the same thing. My shoulders are crazy sore after 3 straight float days.
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    Genset or shore power and wet vacuum cleaner like my neighbor uses at times

    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by mvivion View Post
    If you really NEED a powered pump for your floats, get them out of the water and seal them up. We've been over a really easy procedure on this board a couple times. Seal them and all you'll get is a few squirts out of each compartment.

    MTV
    Enough said.
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!

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    The M12 transfer stick looks like it could have possibilities.

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    Leaky floats are a problem. Somebody has to tend to the plane every day or two. That’s not practical for very long. Park someplace shallow.
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    Our local float changeover guys use a couple of these
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    One step that might prevent future leaks is putting RV antifreeze in them before winter storage. Ice can expand and loosen float seams. Not a new idea just thought I'd mention it.

    Gary
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