Be sure to fill the seams thoroughly and tightly with the oakum or other caulking material.
One of them oakum eaters, that s what he was—an oakum eater.
His fingers found what he wanted, an opening between two planks, where a leak had been freshly calked with oakum.
When he was home from sea he and I stuck together like hot pitch and oakum.
From these he picked out those he wished, with the same skill and quick judgment that he used in buying his hemp and oakum.
"Dead sore on oakum as a food," laughed Dan, grinning broadly.
The carpenter made ready sheets of lead, and plugs of oakum, for the stopping of shot-holes.
Here are some of the cords you cut from Greg's wrists and ankles, and here's some of the oakum.
These can then be caulked with oakum, cotton-batting, or wicking, or something of that nature.
Then oakum Otie sighed and melted away into the foggy gloom.
"loose fiber obtained from taking apart old hemp ropes," early 15c., from Old English acumba "tow, oakum, flax fibers separated by combing," literally "what is combed out," from Proto-Germanic *us-kambon (cf. Old High German achambi); first element cognate with Old English a- "away, out, off;" second element from stem of cemban "to comb," from camb "a comb;" from PIE *gembh- "tooth, nail" (see comb (n.)).