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Internal Hull Painting 16 Nov 2017 14:05 #95678

Hi Paul
Balliol beat me to it, confined spaces. For your peace of mind (let alone your insurers) make sure any contractor (or other person) that enters the "Hulls" is familiar with the Confined Spaces Regulations.
As a Firefighter I was involved in the body recovery operation of someone who was not.
We used to train with state of the art equipment for such eventualities in silos', sewers etc.


Hope this helps (and does not frighten too much)
Paul Hayes

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Internal Hull Painting 16 Nov 2017 12:12 #95677

You will be very lucky to find a contractor who will work in those conditions (confined, poorly ventilated......) AND do the job properly using paint, i.e. abrading and removing all corrosion. Unless you clean back the surfaces paint will be a waste of time, and you are talking about awkward areas around steel angle framing, I guess.

Dutch "anti roest vet", literally "anti rust fat", will be a far better solution and one which would be reasonable to expect somebody to apply in the conditions you are offering. The fat can be slapped on liberally after just removing the worst of the corrosion and scaling by manual means and dries to a very mildly waxy condition, so would not be an impediment to storage of stuff in cardboard or plastic boxes, presuming a layer of boards on the bottom frames.


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Internal Hull Painting 14 Nov 2017 14:12 #95668

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The London Narrow Boat Company owns moorings in Battlebridge Basin Kings Cross. The mooring facilities block is mounted on two steel hulls which are each 5.35 x 4.2 metres. The hulls are one metre deep with manholes for access. They were constructed in the 1960s of quarter plate and are in pretty good condition. we are looking for advice on where to find a contractor who will work inside the hulls to treat the odd pieces of rusting mostly around the reinforcing and paint the entire insides. We do not want to oil them as they are also used for storage.

Any leads most welcome

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