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  1. slug zitski

    316 SS machine screws - Passivated or not

    If you Are working outside be alert to temp aluminum changes shape like crazy with temperature  The main sheet track pictured took a full day to install the  first attempt was at 0800 on a cold  winter day ... during the dry fit the holes would not align. Temperature too cold  the track...
  2. slug zitski

    316 SS machine screws - Passivated or not

    I might be impossible to align  the old deck holes with the new track holes  Plugging the old holes with epoxy bog then  shifting the new track clear of the old filled holes is very common  the use of several tall studs , three inches tall  taped into the substrate are  commonly used as...
  3. slug zitski

    316 SS machine screws - Passivated or not

    Black , white ...your choice  Im typically working with teak decks so I’m a black type a guy 
  4. slug zitski

    316 SS machine screws - Passivated or not

    Yes indeed  Bog up both the male and female threads  ...bolt threads and hole  ...both .need to be bogged up or the joint will leak .  Water must be kept out of the counter sink or corrosion will form on the shoulders  Caulk is cheap ... use plenty of caulk  Take care on the boat interior by...
  5. slug zitski

    316 SS machine screws - Passivated or not

    And always use a drill guide to keep fastener centered ,  perpendicular and to avoid eroding the anodizing typically custom made by the  machinist in the yard  for each type track or toe rail top photo is a drill guide for the last Genoa track I mounted  It is simply an Old prop prop shaft...
  6. slug zitski

    316 SS machine screws - Passivated or not

    A toe rail takes a long time to mount  use the slowest  cure bedding compound  consult the product catalogue ... many times  shops don’t carry slow cure  ...special order 
  7. slug zitski

    316 SS machine screws - Passivated or not

    Sikaflex for bedding  3m 4200 is another choice  if your fitting accepts countersunk Allen heads ... use them slotheads don’t like extrerior mountings 
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