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I’ve made my first HWS and I’m super stoked about it. I didn’t prepare the board inside with the wooden cube with drilled holes as described, is it still possible to insert it?
Thanks for your interest in Greenlight. Yes you can install a vented leash plug into a hollow wood surfboard after it is finished using a wood dowel. 1. Use a 1 1/4" (32mm) or 1 1/2" (38mm) wood dowel 2. Drill a hole the same diameter of the dowel through the deck (so not drill through frame ribs) 3. Push dowel in hole until it hits the bottom and mark the dowel at the top. 4. Pull out dowel and cut at mark 5. Cross drill the dowel for air flow - measure 5/8" (16mm) from the top and drill 1/4" (6mm) holes through the dowel at 90 degree angles 6. Spread epoxy on the bottom of the dowel and set dowel in board through drilled hole. Let the epoxy cure. 7. Glass over dowel area with a small patch of 4 oz glass and hotcoat. 8. Install the vented leash plug as shown in the install video. We manufacture mahogany colored vented leash plugs for wood boards to keep the board looking right!
What kind of putty are you using with the vented leash plug in case i don’t have enough I would like to have some on hand. Also is there no reason to put down pressure on the plug while letting the epoxy dry?
We include 2 part epoxy putty with the vented leash plug but you should have more than needed, only about 3/4 of the amount included is needed for a full seal around the base of the plug. There is no need to apply downward pressure to the plug while installing beacuse there is no resin underneath to cause the plug to float.
Hello!! I have a question about the vented leash plug v4.0. On the videos and pictures I see that the plug is placed on the tail side of the board. But my question is, when you surf it’s underwater most of the time, when you are resting in the water for example. How long can it be underwater because it needs to breath, or is it possible to be under water for a long time? And can air go in and out? Or is it only needed to come out of the board? I am making my first hollow wooden surfboard and this is new for me. All my questions in a list!! How long can it be under water? Can air go in and out? Or is it only needed with a hollow wooden surfboard that the air can go out? Thank you!!:) Machiel van Rijn
Vented leash plugs feature a waterproof membrane that allows the board to "breathe" and prevents expansion and contraction of the board. Pressure builds up inside the board from temperature changes and the vents release that pressure in or out of the water.
I'm building a chambered woof surboad, so i have plenty of stock for the leash plug. Do you recommend installing it before or after I glass?
Install leash plugs after hotcoating. When you sand the board the plug will also be sanded flush with the hotcoat.