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Old 11-30-2017, 06:25 PM   #1
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Bronze type for railing latches

2 of 4 railing gates are missing the bronze slide and thumb screw. I'm attempting to order 5/16" bronze rod, springs, and thumb screws to create new slides.

What type of 5/16" round bronze should I order? I don't have a lathe, limited to sanding, grinding, drill press and thread tap.

"Aluminum bronze" or "Silicone bronze?"

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Old 12-01-2017, 07:27 AM   #3
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"Silicone bronze"

Have you thought of just turning an old bolt to what you need?
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Old 12-01-2017, 10:38 AM   #4
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Thank you. I would love to invest in a small lathe, but just don't have room in the garage.

Edit: for the thumb screw part, yes I think a 10/32" bronze bolt with a round head is the easy solution.
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Silicon bronze from here too.
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Thanks for bringing this up. I'm looking for a set of bronze rail hinge and latch ends. Any suggestions?
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Look in the CLASSIFIEDS section for the Sticky about used boat parts.
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Created new slides today. Using a screw as suggested. I'll switch from stainless to bronze next time I'm at a marine chandlery. Thanks for the help.
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I did this same project last year. I used stainless round bar for the slide and for the pull I used a stainless allen head bolt. I purchased a bag of 316 stainless springs.

The allen head gives you that barrel shape like the original and is a little easier on the fingers.
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