Profession wood caulker

Wood caulkers drive oakum into the seams between planking in deck or hull of wooden ships to make them watertight. They mainly use hand tools to heat marine glue and force it into the seams. They can also hammer hemp ropes and cotton lines into the seams and smear hot pitch over them.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Types of wood

    Types of wood, such as birch, pine, poplar, mahogany, maple and tulipwood.

  • Traditional wood caulking materials

    The various materials traditionally used to fill the seams of wooden boats in order to make them watertight such as, burlap, cotton and white lead.

  • Wood caulking processes

    The various processes of filling the seams of wooden boats in order to make them watertight such as using cotton and oakam, hot pitch or marine sealants.

Skills

  • Calculate materals

    Determine the amount and the kind of materals necessary to build certain machines or equipment.

  • Ensure vessel compliance with regulations

    Inspect vessels, vessel components, and equipment; ensure compliance with standards and specifications.

  • Ensure integrity of hull

    Ensure sure that water does not break through the hull; prevent progressive flooding.

  • Handle chemicals

    Safely handle industrial chemicals; use them efficiently and ensure that no harm is done to the environment.

  • Clean equipment

    Perform cleaning routines after equipment use.

  • Apply health and safety standards

    Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

Optional knowledge and skills

remove old caulking hammer cotton and oakum into seams coat seams with hot pitch use power tools warm marine glue remove excess glue use caulking tools assist in ship maintenance apply rubber sealant apply preliminary treatment to workpieces dispose of hazardous waste operate hot glue gun coat seams with putty