holding strength screws in sheet metal for T-Top?
Short version, is one of the 4 'feet' of my T-top is loose from the deck. Put some extra screws around the flange, but it's now loose again. The other 3 feet are fine, and the top is also secured to either side of the console. It's not going anywhere, but it's annoying as all hell, when I'm running.
I know the right way to repair this, is to remove the entire top, and repair the area over which the feet are secured with epoxy filler, and use toggle-bolts to resecure.
But...I want to go fishing, and have 1001 other chores and projects. Since it *is* only one foot of the T-top, I'm thinking about slipping a small stainless plate under the foot -- like a 4"x5" piece -- slightly bigger than the flange of the foot. I will screw the plate to the deck, and possibly use 5200. Should be fine, since screws will go into good wood. Then, I'll screw the foot of the top to the sheet metal plate.
But there's my question - since the plate has to be pretty thin to shim under the T-top foot, how well will it hold screws? Will they just rip right out of the metal?
I'm probably using the wrong terminology, but I think y'all see what I'm talking about.