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ContinuousWave: Whaler Repairs/Mods
posted 05-21-2002 12:50 AM ET (US)
no wood backing on hull part of deck for screws that go around the perimeter of the big rectangle deck and smaller aft deck. Same with rail mounts and many other locations. does anyone have an explanation to why there are so many places on a whaler where wood backing is NECCESARY but they fail to make the easy, easy installation of wood blocks in the manufacturing proccess. now of corse you have 70% of whalers with either loose bow rails or some other major component. SAD. and easily avoidable. anyways i still love whalers. the best and quikest plan i came up with is to bore out the hole to say a little more than twice its original size, fill with epoxy mixed with maybe talc or cabosil let set and re-bore. anybody else maybe have a better teqnique for this problem?
posted 05-21-2002 01:41 AM ET (US)
Just break some round toothpicks in half, and put one or two in the hole, thick end in first. Put screw back in and it should hold quite well.
posted 05-21-2002 07:02 AM ET (US)
I prefer to use putty epoxy. Fill the hole, let cure, and re-drill. Easy, clean and permanent.
posted 05-21-2002 08:41 AM ET (US)
I fill the holes with a dowel and some 5 min epoxy and if it shows some marine tex tinted
posted 05-21-2002 12:29 PM ET (US)
The part I find unbelievable is that you don't find any backing in all of those places that both of my current Whalers and (I think) all of my past Whalers had backing. Refer to BW's wood (or whaleboard) locating diagrams.
Epoxy is too brittle to hold wood screws well and tooth picks are a poor bandaid. Just opinions, but based on personal experience in each case.
If your backing has failed a reliable, permanent fix is 1/2"x1/2" Whaleboard plugs, epoxied in, drilled and tapped for machine screws of appropriate size, and sealed with 5200.
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posted 05-22-2002 12:48 AM ET (US)
Where can i find wood diagrams?
posted 05-22-2002 01:43 AM ET (US)
re the whaleboard plugs.
I managed to get some samples of whaleboard from the company and with my drill press and plug cutter tried to make some 1/2 inch plugs. No way. That stuff smoked and best I could do was cut part way through.
posted 05-22-2002 08:53 AM ET (US)
Slow cutting, as though you were cutting metal is helpful. You could also lubricate the cut, but getting the oil off before epoxying would present a challenge. Be sure that your plug cutter has sufficient depth to penetrate 1/2".
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posted 05-22-2002 10:50 PM ET (US)
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