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Old 04-27-2016, 01:40 PM
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I had an enclosure made for my cc, the tracks are screwed in, the sharp screws points can be seen/felt when standing inside the console and they are sharp.

Since I have young kids who will shower or do whatever inside the console I want to cover the sharp point of the screw.

How would you do it? A dab of caulk? Grind them down?
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I actually just ran into this. I tried looking for the caps that go on playground bolts but can't seem to find them in any of the box stores. I ended up using shrink wrap for wiring. They seemed to stay on pretty well and provide enough protection from getting stabbed.
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Dremel the tips off.
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Honestly (FWIW) and IMHO, I'd call the installer and ask them to replace the screws with the next size (length) down.

Just my .02
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Honestly (FWIW) and IMHO, I'd call the installer and ask them to replace the screws with the next size (length) down.

Just my .02
Yep or take each screw out and grind the end and reinstall.
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Sloppy installation.

But rather than let that idiot touch my boat again to replace the screws, I'd just dremel the tips off like richeerich said.
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Since it's got holes already why not take the screws out and nut and bolt it.
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^^ screws in fiberglass are always problematic, I like the through bolt idea. Choose some that are just long enough to use locking acorn nuts.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Ross View Post
^^ screws in fiberglass are always problematic, I like the through bolt idea. Choose some that are just long enough to use locking acorn nuts.
Don't forget Stainless washers on both sides
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Careful of the metal filings - rust spots!
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Rubber screw caps. Even if you install thru bolts I'd get some caps to put over acorn bolts to insure the threads don't cut anyone. Lots of different sizes here.

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I would remove all the screws and replace with shorter correct sized screws. If correct size screws are not available I would use ss washers to shim current screws out. If washers are not feasible I'd pull each screw and grind down, if that's more labor than you want then cap each screw off.
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Lots of options....personally I would just take the time to replace the current screws with shorter ones. Or replace the current screws with thru bolts.

If you don't want to do that you could put a small glob of sealant/caulk over each screw tip. Or grind down the tip.
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If you grind the tips down, the grinding process will leave small particles on the deck that will rust. If you want to grind the tips down I would remove the screws, one at a time, and grind them off the boat using a bench grinder. Beware, the heat of grinding might make the screws rust easier.

Another solution might be to install a piece of trim over the screw tops.
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Originally Posted by pgkeating View Post
Honestly (FWIW) and IMHO, I'd call the installer and ask them to replace the screws with the next size (length) down.

Just my .02
They only come through just enough that the sharp tip sticks through. The wall of the console is thin so I am not sure a shorter screw would be a good idea from a durability stand point.
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Originally Posted by saltwaters View Post
If you grind the tips down, the grinding process will leave small particles on the deck that will rust. If you want to grind the tips down I would remove the screws, one at a time, and grind them off the boat using a bench grinder. Beware, the heat of grinding might make the screws rust easier.

Another solution might be to install a piece of trim over the screw tops.
Good point on the grinding.

Or maybe as someone suggested cutting the tips off with a Dremel.
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Originally Posted by Dacman View Post
Rubber screw caps. Even if you install thru bolts I'd get some caps to put over acorn bolts to insure the threads don't cut anyone. Lots of different sizes here.

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Thank you for the suggestion. I wonder if they make them in the size I need, the screws are rather small in diameter.
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drill and tap it
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I am thinking of seeing if I can get a small acorn nut in the size I need and see if there is enough thread there to catch it.
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Originally Posted by Brad1 View Post
Sloppy installation.

But rather than let that idiot touch my boat again to replace the screws, I'd just dremel the tips off like richeerich said.
Hardly sloppy nor is Mike an idiot. Mike did a fantastic job. He is one of the most highly regarded custom canvas fabricators in the Mid Atlantic. I trailered my boat 4 hrs just to have him make my curtains. These screws might not bother most and if it weren't for small kids I wouldn't care.

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