what to do when railing screws are stripped out

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Re: what to do when railing screws are stripped out

Postby Fastjeff » Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:01 am

I used nylon washers to left the base enough so water could flow beneath it. That keeps corrosion from occurring.

This setup was trouble free for at least 10 years, with every railing joint as tight as it was when I first did them.

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Re: what to do when railing screws are stripped out

Postby BlueSkye » Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:10 pm

Any advice on the length of rivet nut to use, or the thickness of the deck?
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Re: what to do when railing screws are stripped out

Postby Rockxx » Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:46 pm

I used 10-24 alum rivet nuts with nylon washers between the deck and base. Used Harbor Freights tool and had no problems at all. I bought two before I started as at that time we didn't have one closer than 80 miles. Gave the unused one to my son to use on the rails on his 37 FB. I don't remember the length on the rivit nuts but have spares at the boat and should be down one day this week and will let you know. Made a remarkable difference in the stability of the railing and went much faster than I would have thought. Was able to buy rivet nuts, washers and SS screws locally from Fastenall.
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Re: what to do when railing screws are stripped out

Postby Rockxx » Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:48 pm

Meant to add, added a dab of silicone to each screw before inserting
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Re: what to do when railing screws are stripped out

Postby Fastjeff » Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:29 pm

Looked in my file for rivet nuts info in vain. Doh! Seem to recall they were about a 1/4 inch grip length, which would work well withy the deck thickness. Got mine from McMaster-Carr--nice people to deal with. The #10 thread size is all you need and works great.

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Re: what to do when railing screws are stripped out

Postby BlueSkye » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:05 pm

Thanks for the advice on this.
1971 32ft Express 2x318
Seneca Lake, Erie Canal, Lake Ontario, Rideau