Oakum marine caulking
 
  • Oakum marine caulking

Oakum

Our Oakum caulking is made with bentonite, an inorganic compound that expands over 10 times its volume when wet. It is clean from knots and yarns, is long stranded and has no lumps or ends of sacking. Twisted jute packing. Further improved with golden oils. Does not split.

Oakum is the best choice for caulking wide gaps in planking. For varied planking, keep some Caulk Wicking on hand for tight spots, and Caulking Cotton for medium-space gaps. Typically, on boat seams Oakum caulking is next covered by a marine paint. Once dry, the remaining space is filled with seam compound (one for above waterline, another for below) before applying final topcoat.

Available in boxes of 5 lbs. and 50 lbs.

 
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Tech Spec Product Info User Generated Content
Item Number  Weight  Yield 
Oakum  5 lbs.  30 lengths of 2-1/2 ft. each 
Oakum50  50 lbs.  Approximately 1000 linear feet (304.5lm) of 1-inch (25mm) diameter rope 
Type: Caulking Oakum
4.5 11

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Jamestown DistributorsOakum
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Protects well (5)
  • Weather proof (4)
  • Visually pleasing (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Outdoors (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Product!

We used this oakum on our batteau, Morning Star, for the James River Batteau Festival this year and found it to be just as good as the high priced oakum, good short lengths...Read complete review

We used this oakum on our batteau, Morning Star, for the James River Batteau Festival this year and found it to be just as good as the high priced oakum, good short lengths (2 and 1/2 foot) and great price, [...]!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not useful on traditional wooden boats

I bought this product to caulk the deck seams on an Historic wooden Schooner, as we were running low on the traditional oakum we had and wanted to make sure we would have enough...Read complete review

I bought this product to caulk the deck seams on an Historic wooden Schooner, as we were running low on the traditional oakum we had and wanted to make sure we would have enough to finish the job. This product, although probably perfectly fine for plumbing applications is not useful in traditional wooden boat building/restoration because it comes in such short 2 1/2 foot lengths. If you're looking for traditional oakum for caulking seams on a wooden boat, spend the extra money and get the real stuff.

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4.0

I will buy Oakum from Jamestown Distributors for years

By Shannon - Manager of Paul's Vet

from Albuquerque, NM

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

  • Messy

Best Uses

  • Equine hoof packing material for injuries

Comments about Jamestown Distributors Oakum:

Equine Farrier Industry likes to use Oakum to pack into the hoof or sole while the animal is recovering from an injury. The idea is considered "old school" but works very well. All farrier supply stores should offer Oakum. We sell it by the pound.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
1.0

Not useful on traditional wooden boats

By Schoonerguy

from New York

About Me Professional

Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult to Use
    • Ineffective
    • Messy

    Best Uses

      Comments about Jamestown Distributors Oakum:

      I bought this product to caulk the deck seams on an Historic wooden Schooner, as we were running low on the traditional oakum we had and wanted to make sure we would have enough to finish the job. This product, although probably perfectly fine for plumbing applications is not useful in traditional wooden boat building/restoration because it comes in such short 2 1/2 foot lengths. If you're looking for traditional oakum for caulking seams on a wooden boat, spend the extra money and get the real stuff.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      I received just what I expected.Customer service impecable

      By Quique Sanchez

      from San Jose Costa Rica

      About Me Beginner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Outdoor

        Comments about Jamestown Distributors Oakum:

        Will continue to explore all the possibilities you offer.
        Such items are not offered in our local market.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Oakum works great

        By Kurt

        from International Falls MN

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Protects Well
        • Visually Pleasing
        • Weather Proof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Water Stop For Hydro

          Comments about Jamestown Distributors Oakum:

          We use Oakum as a sealant for our hydro turbines. Seals dissimilar materials like cast iron, steel and concrete. It sets up and becomes a permanent repair.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Customer very pleased with the product.

          By Bearing Man 58

          from Brewster, NY

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Protects Well
          • Seals Well

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Packing
            • Quick Fix
            • Sealing

            Comments about Jamestown Distributors Oakum:

            Customer uses for waste packing in screw conveyor adapter and other industrial applications. They have used other types in the past but likes this product very much. They will be re-ordering more in the future as needed.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This works for concrete control joint.

            By Donnie T.

            from Louisville Ky

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • 1"concrete Control Joint
            • I Filled In Control Joint
            • I Have Not Had Any Leaks
            • I Put Np-1 On Top Of It
            • Weather Proof

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoor
              • Outdoor
              • Quick Fix

              Comments about Jamestown Distributors Oakum:

              This worked great for what I was using it for.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              worked like a charm

              By jp1maui

              from Maui, Hawaii

              About Me Professional

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Protects Well

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Plumbing

                Comments about Jamestown Distributors Oakum:

                Used the oakum to pack a toilet flange joint before pouring in the molten lead. It worked great. I wasn't sure if marine oakum was going to work for this job, but it worked fine.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Oakum repair

                By Kurt

                from International Falls MN

                About Me Professional

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Outdoor

                  Comments about Jamestown Distributors Oakum:

                  We used this product to stop leaks between the recently installed headgates of a Dam and the failed concrete wall. The oakum was easly to apply and stopped the leaks, allowing us to install permanent repairs.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  packing for windmill

                  By chris the farmer

                  from fingerlakes NY

                  About Me Advanced

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Outdoor

                    Comments about Jamestown Distributors Oakum:

                    used oakum for packing in the pressure chamber on the top of well head of my windmill. Have been looking for this and finally found it. Amishman suggested it.. and it works great

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    [...]

                    By Hiker Rich

                    from Tunkhannock, Pa.

                    About Me Recreational

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Protects Well
                    • Visually Pleasing
                    • Weather Proof

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Outdoor
                      • Wood Trim

                      Comments about Jamestown Distributors Oakum:

                      I used this Oakum to seal the seams between thelogs of an Adirondack lean-to that we are building. This product worked well for our purpose. Geat product![...]

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