Increase air pressure in pontoons?

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Re: Increase air pressure in pontoons?

#16 Post by Leisure Kraft » Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:21 pm

Fanatic1074 wrote:I thought i heard water sloshing around in one of my toons so i let the plug out in the back and to my surprise compressed air came out. I was told that it was not compressed... well i called a dealer and he said it will be fine and dont worry about it. Does everyone agree?

Also if thats the case can i fashion something to put air in it and maybe put like 5 or 10 PSI in the toons to increase floatation? If so does anyone have any ideas for putting air in from a standard air compressor?
They're not designed to have air pumped into them. You could blow them up, actually: viewtopic.php?p=77083#p77083
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Re: Increase air pressure in pontoons?

#17 Post by dockholiday » Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:54 pm

GregF wrote:You can buy tire valves with 1/8" NPT threads on the other end. Then you just need a bushing. I was using one to pressure test the pipes I put in before I back filled them.

Yep that was what I was thinking also. May get around to doing that some day. I used a bushing when I rigged up my test gauge for the schrader valve and the psi gauge.

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Re: Increase air pressure in pontoons?

#18 Post by Red555 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:17 am

Just use a few psi of helium.
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Re: Increase air pressure in pontoons?

#19 Post by bes2767 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:36 am

Here ya go kids!!!
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Re: Increase air pressure in pontoons?

#20 Post by hyper » Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:31 am

I open mine up in the winter when it is about 18 degree's outside. I reseal the plugs and leave them. In the summer I have about 3.5 P.s.i in both logs all the time as the air pressure increased with the warm weather. This provides me with 2 things. Protection against dents from hitting small objects and it all so will show me if I have a leak. When I pulled them out to replace the "BRASS" plugs I had in them since 2003, air came rushing out of them. They both were full. I went to the dealer and asked for some plastic plugs because I read where brass is very bad for the logs. They siad they didnt have any plastic ones instock and gave me some brass ones. I told them "NO" these are bad for the logs being a different metal so I wanted plastic or stainless steel. They lauged at me and said us the brass ones, you dont have any salt water around here and if we did get salt water the last thing you need to worry about would be the boat. I told them these have been in the boat since 2003 and look new. They said go put them back in it!!

So now I will pull them again in the winter and let mother nature pressurize them again in the spring.
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Re: Increase air pressure in pontoons?

#21 Post by The_Hellbilly » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:56 am

I've looked for about 30 minutes but I can't find the video of the log exploding while being pressurized. I'm sure I saw it on here. Anyone got a link?
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Re: Increase air pressure in pontoons?

#22 Post by shadow-13x » Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:43 am

I think it was on iboats pontoon forum
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