kayak modification and polyethylene welding.wmv

Repair and modify a kayak using a polyethylene welder. Other tools used : propane torch, heat gun, utility knife, small hand planer, serrated knife to cut polyethylene foam. This crudely modified kayak had a trolling motor mounted on the front, battery in the back, PVC fishing rod holders attached with caulking through ragged holes and other crudely cut holes and roughly mounted hardware. All was removed, holes patched and new rod holders installed using 1 1/4" polyethylene conduit. The battery compartment was enlarged and changed into a cooler and storage compartment. Closed with a cover made from 2" poly foam.

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Repair and modify a kayak using a polyethylene welder. Other tools used : propane torch, heat gun, utility knife, small hand planer, serrated knife to cut polyethylene foam. This crudely modified kayak had a trolling motor mounted on the front, battery in the back, PVC fishing rod holders attached with caulking through ragged holes and other crudely cut holes and roughly mounted hardware. All was removed, holes patched and new rod holders installed using 1 1/4" polyethylene conduit. The battery compartment was enlarged and changed into a cooler and storage compartment. Closed with a cover made from 2" poly foam.

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J Dovak
J Dovak - 4 years ago
What is the make of the poly welder??...your opinion of it??
Josh Sage
Josh Sage - 4 years ago
Looked better before dipshit
John Smith
John Smith - 5 years ago
Guess this is the homeless/poor man's kayak. Great job... just looks like poo poo.
64maxpower
64maxpower - 5 years ago
Great Job!
Phillip Iacobacci
Phillip Iacobacci - 5 years ago
Nice job, well done, easy and clean
bigmac
bigmac - 5 years ago
A good water catcher is a handball cut in half. I sharpened one end of a piece of thin walled galvanized pipe which cut a perfect hole in the ball when hit sharply with a hammer and the half ball on a 2 x 4. Slid right on the paddle and holds all the water that runs down the handle.
Rick Rabies
Rick Rabies - 5 years ago
MILK JUG PLASTIC FTW!!!!!
W2VQY
W2VQY - 5 years ago
Excellent job!
Cash King
Cash King - 5 years ago
really cool thanks for the help!

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Errik Bater
Errik Bater - 5 years ago
Is it safe to hold plastic from a bucket of hdpe?
I urgently need to heal a kayak, but it is very important for me to do everything securely. Answer me please!
RLZerr
RLZerr - 5 years ago
I might not understand your question. Many buckets are made of HDPE. One way to test plastic is to burn a piece with flame or hot iron. Blow it out and if the smoke smells like a candle it should be polyethylene.
Martin Pêcheur
Martin Pêcheur - 5 years ago
totally amazing work
Joshua Wecker
Joshua Wecker - 5 years ago
where did you get the polyethylene foam for the hatch?
D.Nasty Fishing
D.Nasty Fishing - 5 years ago
nice mods... just got a new one and looking for the necessary mods that I can benefit from the most .. come check me out and give me some pointers
Robert M
Robert M - 5 years ago
Really nice work! Only thing I would worry about is the holes at the bottom of the pole holders going straight in to the body of the kayak. If your kayak flipped it would definitely let water in. I am sure you would be able to find a way to seal that up pretty easy.
Jesse Nurse
Jesse Nurse - 5 years ago
I'm sure they had a ball with it on many fishing trips ☺️. Good fix video
Rob Fern
Rob Fern - 6 years ago
Nicely done bro! The audio track is awesome!

I've have the exact kayak but in blue. Looks like that one was redneck rigged but you saved it.
redneckhippiefreak
redneckhippiefreak - 6 years ago
If I could kick my self any harder, Id be in orbit.. I just saw four kyaks at the dump from a local rental company. They had 5 or 6,  2 1/2in holes randomly drilled through the bottoms. I was seconds from grabbing them and thought it was too much work to fix them.. On the look out during next seasons rental clearance. LOL
Fred Lambert
Fred Lambert - 5 years ago
redneckhippiefreak
DarkSagan
DarkSagan - 6 years ago
I am thinking of cutting out a panel to place in a pedal system. Any DIY you can refer?
BAK87
BAK87 - 6 years ago
Great job man. Nice skills and feeling for welding.

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SC/TC PROHUNTER
SC/TC PROHUNTER - 6 years ago
great job on repairing the kayak cool ideas
Paul TheSkeptic
Paul TheSkeptic - 6 years ago
Looks pretty simple. What's the name of the tool you were using? Could I just grab some polyethylene and the hot tool and go to town or is this more complicated than it looks?
Paul TheSkeptic
Paul TheSkeptic - 6 years ago
+RLZerr Awesome thanks. 
RLZerr
RLZerr - 6 years ago
+Paul TheSkeptic  Polyethylene welder. This one is similar to mine. https://www.austinkayak.com/products/1587/KC-Welder-Pro-with-Hobie-Color-Rod-Stock.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Shopping:%20ACK%20PLA&scid=scplp286387&gclid=CJSs8LPbhMwCFQUMaQodJOcNIA  Like anything, it takes practice to get good. Practice welding pieces of other polyethylene like water jugs or similar.  plastic that has the triangle symbol "2 HDPE" on the bottom. You know it is polyethylene when you heat it and it smells a little like a blown out candle.
6koko3
6koko3 - 6 years ago
Where can I get a HDPE welder like yours?
Dan Becker
Dan Becker - 6 years ago
Great ..
mazwt44
mazwt44 - 6 years ago
Nice job, good video, thanks.
6koko3
6koko3 - 6 years ago
¿Do you use a regular soldering iron? Melting temperature of tin is quite higher than HDPE. Do you use a power regulator so that you can reach the appropiate temperature?
I made some trials on plastic bottles using a regular soldering iron with poor results. I am considering to buy a heat-gun.
RLZerr
RLZerr - 6 years ago
+6koko3 soldering iron is too hot, but if you could find and fit a tip with a larger surface area it would help distribute the heat it could work. For cooler temperatures on small intricate jobs you just need to switch it on and off frequently. I have used a power strip with a switch.
Thomas H Parker
Thomas H Parker - 6 years ago
You are a master at plastic welding it looks exelent!!!!!
gneaux1
gneaux1 - 6 years ago
i realize this isnt the focus of the video, and i usually find it really annoying, but i like the background music
alderete74
alderete74 - 6 years ago
hole saw?
Lawritz Mann
Lawritz Mann - 7 years ago
You did a great job on that butchered boat, but I was hoping to see it in the water when you finished.

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Jose O.
Jose O. - 7 years ago
do those foam sheets make the hole water tight? I actually have a few that I could use.
RLZerr
RLZerr - 6 years ago
+Jose O. not water tight,  but I did change the shape of the edge of the opening shown where I used the propane torch gradually heating until it was pliable. Small amounts of water splashed on now drain away outside
Jose O.
Jose O. - 7 years ago
I learned a lot from this video. Thank you.
trees dirt
trees dirt - 7 years ago
That right there is what you call skills.  Thank you for sharing.  You give me the confidence to make a modification to my kayak.
Michael Webb
Michael Webb - 7 years ago
Very nice work on the plastic welding. Good video.
fernandizo
fernandizo - 7 years ago
Wow great job.. That takes some skill to do.
s buchanan
s buchanan - 7 years ago
curious y u didn't use real rod holders.
RLZerr
RLZerr - 7 years ago
+s buchanan All the kayaks I've worked on the owners were not concerned on whether they had a fancy commercially molded "cup" to hold a fishing rod upright. I keep scrap material on hand for making simple repairs. When there is concern about water possible getting in the kayak from splashing or tip over it would depend on the design of the kayak and if the rod holder is on a sealed compartment.
s buchanan
s buchanan - 7 years ago
well, yeah
Duane Gaskins
Duane Gaskins - 7 years ago
+s buchanan You mean fancified molded versions of the pvc rod holders REAL fisherman have been using for decades ? lol


And yes the point of this is entirely to mock the perception of the term "real."
LeoTheBattleheart
LeoTheBattleheart - 7 years ago
Okei, can someone explain for dummy. If i buy new sit on top kayak, can i just drill it lot of holes without worrying that i actually destroy my kayak? Does kayak lose some of its floating ability with all those holes in hull? There must be different plastics in kayaks, can all kayaks be modified without worry that you destroy your kayak?
RLZerr
RLZerr - 7 years ago
+LeoTheBattleheart sit on top kayaks typically have sealed airspace for floatation so might not want to have any open holes. To install a fishing rod holder you would want one completely sealed
solarson53
solarson53 - 7 years ago
nice work as opposed to lots of the butcher jobs I see on line
BillyBanana75
BillyBanana75 - 7 years ago
Custom!
GimmieTheGaff
GimmieTheGaff - 7 years ago
Awesome work and thanks for sharing. A real big help.
Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson - 7 years ago
can you please tell me where you get the tip on the soldering iron?
J Dovak
J Dovak - 4 years ago
RLZerr ...I get a security warning about this site...then a notice that this item is not available...would you mind giving the name of the welder /tip ...maybe it will be available thru another source...thnx
RLZerr
RLZerr - 7 years ago
+Mark Johnson this is similar to the 40 watt model I originally bought http://www.ntxtools.com/network-tool-warehouse/URE-ATV.html?gclid=CJLL2vfppcUCFRSEfgod038A4Q
Hakan Yuzbasi
Hakan Yuzbasi - 7 years ago
bridgendesar
bridgendesar - 7 years ago
Cracking video, have you ever thought of using a uv cured resin for the smaller holes?
Mike Mc V
Mike Mc V - 7 years ago
Great Video!  Have to tackle a HDPE Holding tank repair (ICK!!) Onboard a Schooner I work on, have welded steel,, soldered electrical, Stuck back together wood boats with fasteners,epoxys. Never messed with plastic welding, (well maybe in the age of lawn-darts I had a plastic stir welder toy kit) Now I know the tools I need onboard to take care of it, Thanks for the Video
santacruzer
santacruzer - 7 years ago
You sir, are an artist.
GimmieTheGaff
GimmieTheGaff - 7 years ago
Great job! Thanks for sharing.
Louine Adams
Louine Adams - 7 years ago
This is perfect.  Thanks for the instruction.  We had a wind and rain storm last night and a tree limb came down and punctured one of our kayaks.  Now I know we can fix it.  Amazing.
SAK SA
SAK SA - 7 years ago
Perfect job! What is that tool that you use for welding (and of course were can I find it :) )
balzonurchin
balzonurchin - 7 years ago
This video makes me wanna go put a hole in my yak, just so that I can repair it.
FloppyHatPhotos
FloppyHatPhotos - 7 years ago
You make that look easy.

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spee34
spee34 - 8 years ago
verry nice ! you know how work good with plastik !
Sayyro
Sayyro - 8 years ago
he know what he is doing
Anthony yrigoyen
Anthony yrigoyen - 8 years ago
Just stumbled on you video , very cool !!!
Larry L
Larry L - 8 years ago
the splash guard of my car was ripped to shreds by my car tire and I was inspired by this video to weld it all back together and it was a big success.  I just used a wood burner and modified it with an iron tip to reduce its heat and it worked perfect.  No need for a special plastic welder tool or even those repair sticks.  Scrap plastic works fine for adding molten plastic for patching material.
Trapper Raptor
Trapper Raptor - 8 years ago
Hi Just what the doctor ordered,,,,,,,
OX-Plays
OX-Plays - 8 years ago
Is it possible to sand it after its cooled down to get the same smooth surface as the rest of the kayak?
8tonsemi
8tonsemi - 8 years ago
Thats should be fine except if your trying to blend colors just don't sand past the color you want and you should be good. It will also help if you use automotive wet/dry sand paper dipped in water to keep the dust down.
superdave2112
superdave2112 - 8 years ago
Very, very cool!
jadekayak01
jadekayak01 - 8 years ago
good job on the repair and I really liked your rod holder shaping tool.
Never seen a speed tip used on a soldering iron before but it looked good.
jorge arevalo
jorge arevalo - 8 years ago
Nice workmanship
Jose Garcia
Jose Garcia - 8 years ago
I agree, great video, you know your stuff!
tsbrownie
tsbrownie - 8 years ago
Great vid, thanks.  Have never seen the welding before.  How strong is it compared to the original material?  
Offtap unscripted
Offtap unscripted - 9 years ago
Nice man thanks this will help me fix mine .
Leafy Greens
Leafy Greens - 9 years ago
Great stuff, did you reinforce the pole holders inside the kayak?
RLZerr
RLZerr - 9 years ago
I recently bought a new 80 watt model that had the triangular head, similar to the Harbor Freight unit. It had no way to feed welding rod into it. All it's good for is heating up and melting a flat surface. The tip got soft and broke off the first time I used it. Some cheap alloy. fortunately was able to adapt the brass head from my old welder to the new iron. Plastic welders with the right tip seem to be hard to find.
RLZerr
RLZerr - 9 years ago
this isn't a whitewater kayak, nor any sealed compartments so a few drops splashing in the rod holders or past the simple foam covers isn't a concern. The entire seat area is wide open.
RLZerr
RLZerr - 9 years ago
that's an old aluminum curtain rod. It's holding the plastic piece in place with a clamp underneath while plastic welding.
RLZerr
RLZerr - 9 years ago
I just used the plastic welder and melted in a little plastic and blended it in.
Shane Schexnayder
Shane Schexnayder - 9 years ago
How dd you patch the holes where the trolling motor went?
Shane Schexnayder
Shane Schexnayder - 9 years ago
What tool is that at 2:31?
Wade Patton
Wade Patton - 9 years ago
all i needed to know, thanks for the vid.
Paul Vofive
Paul Vofive - 9 years ago
Well done man,
Karl Snyder
Karl Snyder - 9 years ago
You couldn't pay me to get out in that yak. Rod holders might as well be water conduits to help fill kayak and the high density foam so loosely covering those gaping holes!!! Oh no! LOL. But this guy is very skilled at working those welds and fixing some pretty gnarly looking holes so props there for sure. Informative, thank you.
pistolpeta
pistolpeta - 9 years ago
Excellent man, just what i was looking for.
areitu
areitu - 9 years ago
I had the same question and googled a couple key words. It looks like the tip he's using, is a specifically designed plastic welding soldering iron tip. I looked up "soldering iron plastic welding tip" and my second result was a link to a harbor freight kit that looks almost like what the person in the video is using.
Tattoo Bull
Tattoo Bull - 9 years ago
Very Nice ..... I like how you closed off the hatch !
excelephant
excelephant - 9 years ago
Wow, you should demand your money back for this free information that no one forced you to watch....
fred hayzes
fred hayzes - 9 years ago
oh, woe is you
qrthrse1
qrthrse1 - 9 years ago
Dude. You are the kayak whisperer.
Bigbore400cc
Bigbore400cc - 9 years ago
Was that a soldering iron. What was the attatchment that you fed the plastic welding sticks through.
SalisburySteak1
SalisburySteak1 - 9 years ago
Respect.
Dominick Clark
Dominick Clark - 9 years ago
good luck with that foam....why not weld that huge hole too?
john darmiento
john darmiento - 10 years ago
can you leave out the drum machine very annoying
Robb's Homemade Life
Robb's Homemade Life - 10 years ago
This is a good kayak video, would have made me a subscriber if I wasn't already. Loved the hatch coversThanks for sharing.

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