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Old 02-11-2005, 10:05 AM
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Default 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.

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feral, if you can call me i can try and help walk u thru it...jim...............203 982 6322 good luck...
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feral, if you can call me i can try and help walk u thru it...jim...............203 982 6322 good luck...
And so I DID call you.

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im from south jersey still a yankee???? lol....hey no problem.....jim
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Welcome to Jim's forum 100% funded by Wiley.

Glad I could help and provide Jim a free place to continually promote his products. I guess asking $39/mo would be too much in return?

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Why did the extra screws come loose? Even a backing plate or "shim" may not hold if there is a deck problem. Is it possible the top wasn't built right and the leg is too short and the frame is actually pulling up on that leg? Even if that is the problem, if the deck isn't solid, screws will never hold. If the "shim" is bigger and the deck is rotting, it is only a matter of time until the shim's screws come loose too.
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wiley, your to funny, you emailed me ,just friday about asking me for the 120.00 payment.for a 3 month advance.......relax wiley my wife will send it to you from her office in the morning....i am not that good on a computer...take care.....if i am in fla.. wiley......i will take you out to lunch........jim ..................... stay tuned for a new forum................ called the jim and wiley comedy hour.....
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