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Old 01-11-2012, 11:46 AM   #1
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Making driftwood sink?

I've had a new piece of driftwood I got soaking for over a week in a seperate container... I was wondering how long it might take to get it to sink or how I could speed up the process?
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i could take months, you could tie it to some kind of rock or slate and see it the added weight will help it sink
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Okay, I might do that. I don't want to drill the wood down to anything. I just didn't know if there was anything that would make it soak up water and sink faster or something?
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if there is i have never heard of it good luck, its a pain to get them to stay down
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I usually just set a flat, heavy rock on top of it until is stays down on its own.
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I've had a new piece of driftwood I got soaking for over a week in a seperate container... I was wondering how long it might take to get it to sink or how I could speed up the process?
Boiling helps open up the wood fibers and can help it waterlog faster ... however it could take more weeks / months. Some DW practically never sinks.
As mentioned, pin it down with rocks if you don't want to drill it into a piece of slate.
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Okay ill definitely try boiling it....and what is the best way to do that...? It isn't huge but its large
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And about how long should I boil it? More than once? Will it hurt it in any way?
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Boiling it won't hurt it. Get a large pot and put it on the stove. Change the water out when it turns black and start again. What I did to sink mine is boil for 20-30 mins then take it (very carefully!) from the pot and dunk it into cool water for 10-20 mins then boil again and dunk again until it sinks.
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If you can't get it to sink with boiling - you should be able to tie it down to a rock or piece of slate with some fishing line so you wouldn't have to drill it.
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