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KCR
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USA
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Posted - 06/24/2014 :  11:17:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking for some ideas for routine maintenance I'm having to perform on my boat. Every time I return from a fishing trip the screws holding the rubber bumper around the edge of my boat and holding my winshield in place loosen up and start working their way of the screw holes. Not only do I have to rescrew the windshield screws back in, but I also have to partially pull out part of the rubber bumpber from its metal frame and rescrew the frame back to the boat as it begins to separate. This is happening for several screws around the bumper and is not the same screws everytime. A few years back I had put some marine calking around the screw and put it back in the hole hoping it would tighten up and and hold the screw in place. This was only a temporary fix because they are coming back out again. Short of a permanent adhesive, anybody have any ideas?

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fishgill
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USA
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Posted - 06/24/2014 :  12:44:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I saw an article or video one time for tightening the screw holes in fiberglass. Sorry, I cannot remember the guy which came up with the idea. He had tried Chalk, Epoxy, even 3200 adhesive to solve this problem and none of them work.

I followed his advice and have not had a screw back out in quite some time. The article suggested using wire zip strips. What you did was take the plastic wire strip and insert it into the hole, (one or two pieces depending on how big the hole had gotten). As you tighten up the screw the strip spun around the screw and caused the screw to get wedge between the fiberglass and the wire strip. When you got it tight you then trimmed off the excess wire strip with a razor knife for a smooth finish. This made a backing strip inside the hole to keep the screw from coming loose.



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fishgill
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USA
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Posted - 06/24/2014 :  12:54:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I found a video that explain this technique.
I hope this helps
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-VeT35azuc



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-VeT35azuc

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KCR
Junior Member

USA
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Posted - 06/26/2014 :  06:06:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Fishgill. That is exactly the problem I am having and I happen to have hundreds of plastic ties in various sizes.

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fishgill
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Posted - 06/26/2014 :  11:05:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Glad I could help..let me know when the job gets done and post your results.

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