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Horseshoer Claude posted 08-16-2000 12:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for Horseshoer Claude   Send Email to Horseshoer Claude  
Hi again all,

Advice, please. The carpet on the boat
trailer is a little worn on the runners
underneath. Some of the paperwork says
that most of the weight of the boat
should be on the plastic rollers that
the keel rests on. True? Looks like we
have to adjust to have those take a little
more weight.

We ordered carpet stuff from Cabela's,
and thought we'd take the boat to a quiet
place, put the boat in the water and do
the carpet there so we don't have to try
to jack it off the trailer somehow.

Reasonable? Anything else we should
consider? Good ways to attach the
carpet so no metal pokes thru and
touches the boat?


triblet posted 08-16-2000 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
West Marine has the carpeting in stock.
There are a half dozen in the Bay Area.

My plan when the carpeting needs replacing
is the same has yours -- do it in the launch
ramp parking lot. Make sure you have a place
to tie up where nobody will get mad if you
are there an hour or two.

West has monel metal (non-corroding) staple
gun staples. Don't use the OfficeMax stuff
it will rust away in nothing flat.

Staple on the sides and bottom of the boards,
not the top.

Spray the top of the new carpet with silicone
spray. It will make loading easier.

Be sure to clean up the old staples carefully
so they don't end up in someone's tires.

Chuck Tribolet in Morgan Hill

reeltime2 posted 08-16-2000 04:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for reeltime2  Send Email to reeltime2     
Chuck is right dont use standard staples. I used a two part contact cement used for laminating mica and I have not had a problem it seems to hold very well I wanted to get away from useing metal fastners. Let alone the price of those monel staples is outragous.
Horseshoer Claude posted 08-17-2000 01:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Horseshoer Claude  Send Email to Horseshoer Claude     
Thanks Chuck and Rick. We're going
to fix the carpet this weekend, thanks
for the tips. Claude's magnet for
picking up horseshoe nail tips ought
to work well to pick up staples!
lhg posted 08-17-2000 05:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I've struggled with this carpet attaching situation for many years now, and finally found a solution that works very well for me.
I use 1" stainless steel ring shank nails, with a small SS fender washer under the head, and nail the carpet into the sides of the bunk, a nail about every 4". This holds the carpet well, and the nail/washer combo can be easily reused if they pull out or the carpet tears around them.
Horseshoer Claude posted 08-19-2000 11:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Horseshoer Claude  Send Email to Horseshoer Claude     
Hi All,

We found the monel staples at
Home Depot for $8.49 for 1,250
of them. Pricey, but better
than 13.99 at West Marine.
Couldn't find stainless nails

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