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  1. #1
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    Default Vacuum-assisted scraper

    I didnít get to much boat building this weekend past as I was scraping peeling paint and repairing rot in old wooden windows on my house. I did think you lot, who are interested in tools, might be interested in this:
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    Its a classic tungsten carbide scraper with a hollow steel handle, as found in every hardware store in NZ, adapted with chopped up bits of vacuum nozzle to give it dust extraction function when hooked up to my big vacuum cleaner. An astonishingly large proportion of the paint chips gets collected, a very good thing given I have up to 90 years of accumulated recoated paint on parts of the house, most of that containing lead.

    Its also amazingly fast and clean for cutting back the filler from over-filled nail holes in the weather boards, much quicker and easier than sanding the stuff.

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    Default Re: Vacuum-assisted scraper

    Nice. Very good for anti fouling. Paul Stevens, author of Surveying Yachts and Small Craft, recommends something similar that looks commercially made. I imagine it costs an arm and leg if itís sold specifically for the boating industry.

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    Default Re: Vacuum-assisted scraper

    Good job with the Duck tape! no really, great idea.

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    Default Re: Vacuum-assisted scraper

    I am just about to begin renovation of a wooden dinghy, and amongst the layers of paint I expect a deal of lead.
    Thanks for the idea.

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    Default Re: Vacuum-assisted scraper

    Wooden boats are like shingles, recurring, and often painful.

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    Default Re: Vacuum-assisted scraper

    Theirs looks smarter than mine, but mine is hand crafted

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    Default Re: Vacuum-assisted scraper

    Yours looks a lot stronger to me. Nice idea - I'll use it.

    Rick

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    Default Re: Vacuum-assisted scraper

    I've had that same scraper for years. Absolutely the best.

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    Default Re: Vacuum-assisted scraper

    I am dreading some upcoming paint scraping overhead in my pilothouse and I was thinking of trying something like this but frankly I guessed that it would not catch most of the scrapings. Glad to hear that is works as well as you claim and I have lots of duct tape.

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