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reel remarks posted 02-11-2001 11:27 AM ET (US)   Profile for reel remarks   Send Email to reel remarks  
I think I remember reading a short time ago about reinforcing screws into older BW's (before the addition of wood backing in selected areas). My memory tells me that the technique is to spin half of an allen wrench in the hole to clear out the foam, then fill the void thus created with epoxy mixed with filler and put the screw into that.

But I've been all the way back thru the postings and I can't find it again. Can anybody remember this thing I think I remember. At my age the mind has been known to play tricks!

Besides, I want to anchor a trolling motor bow mount and I'm afraid of the holding power of the deck since my BW is one of the older ones without the backing.

Does anyone else remember this, or have a better idea on how to positively anchor some screws in an older BW?

triblet posted 02-11-2001 12:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
That's about it, except:

- Use a bent nail, no need to waste an Allen

- If it's in a vertical surface, drill a vent
hole at the top of the hollow area so the
air can get out as the expoxy goes in.

- At West Marine or TAP Plastics you can buy
an empty caulk gun tube to fill with epoxy.
I've also gotten a tube of latex caulk at
the HW store, emptied it, washed and dried
it. A little more money, but only a mile
(instead of 20) away.

I was probably the guy who made the posts.
It's all in the West System book (except that
vent hole -- that's my own).

It would be nice to have a search mechanism
on the archives.


reel remarks posted 02-12-2001 06:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for reel remarks  Send Email to reel remarks     
Thanks Triblet. I read your reply at noon today and immediately headed out the door for West Marine. Bought the manual and brought it home to read. It explains everything. Now all I have to do is gather all the needed equipment that I don't have, the epoxy, filler, syringes, etc. and wait another month or so until I can get over to Alabama and start work. Meantime, more planning.
Thanks again.

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