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Stripped screws on rear hatch
|Author||Topic: Stripped screws on rear hatch|
posted 04-13-2003 11:02 PM ET (US)
1997 17' OR. The two screws that hold the shock absorber type of hinge(appreciate the right name for it?) that holds the rear hatch open, pulled out of the holes. Is there a product I should use to fill the holes and redrill? My first instinct is to just drive bigger screws into the same holes? What is the correct way to repair this? The shock absorber also needs to be replaced any recomendations? Thanks much.
posted 04-13-2003 11:41 PM ET (US)
you can get them at West Marine.
Its called Springlift gas lift supports.
they come in two flavors (stainless steel and non stainless). Stainless for about $45.00 and non stainless for about $23.00
They have a bunch of sizes. You have to measure yours when its compressed and also expanded. They come in rating (pounds).
West Marine catalog 2003 (master).
posted 04-14-2003 01:12 AM ET (US)
fjjpal - Here's one method for fixing stripped screw holes in wood:
It make work in other materials as well.
Another is to epoxy in a wood plug (NOT a dowel), and then drive the screw into the plug.
Do a search on this site, and you'll probably find more methods.
posted 04-14-2003 10:18 PM ET (US)
If the next size screw does not cause a problem with the size of the head, I would dab a little 5200 or good adheasive silcone on the threads and put it in. I am sure there are more professional fixes but you have a hole, you just need the proper size screw for it.
posted 04-15-2003 05:04 PM ET (US)
Since your Whaler is white, pack the holes with white Marine Tex, re-sand and polish, and re-drill. This will be a permanent repair.
posted 04-16-2003 07:58 PM ET (US)
The holes in the bracket of the gas shock you might prohibit you from going up in size on the screw.
If the holes aren't enlarged than 5200 would be my choice. A small amount on the back side of the bracket as well as in the holes should work well. Considering 5200 stays pliable you could always use a scrapper to pry the bracket off.
posted 04-23-2003 04:52 PM ET (US)
My gas struts got rusted and replaced twice when new under warranty. After warranty, i did not replace them. Now they make stainless, but the dealer said they rust too.
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