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Old 01-18-2022, 10:03 PM   #1
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Loose Stanchion Screws

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On my Hershine 42 Sundeck, several of the screws that hold the stainless stanchion bases to the fibreglass are loose and will back out again after being tightened.

My initial thought is to pull the screws, make sure the holes are dry, fill with epoxy, re-drill a pilot hole and replace the screw, with some butyl tape added to ensure a seal. That said Iím very open to suggestions if someone sees a flaw in my plan. There is no reasonable way to swap the screws out for through bolts.

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Don’t know if you will het enough compression to squeeze the butyl tape sufficiently. Usually I use butyl when through bolting and it takes 3 days of tightening to really compress the butyl. Is there any way to through bolt the stanchion bases?
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I wondered about the compression myself. There really isnít a way to through bolt, the stanchions sit atop the bulwarks which are solid core under glass.

Maybe something like sikaflex would be better than butyl in this caseÖ
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What are the bulwarks made of? Can you get the stanchion bases up enough to clean out the old caulk? I normally donít use 5200 above the waterline but maybe here is an application. Then with the screws bedded in the holes with epoxy maybe the stanchion wonít work loose again, however if you ever have to remove the stanchion hang onÖ
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I believe I can move the stanchions enough to do that, and I think the bulwarks are just wood cored fiberglass, but I’m guessing at what the coring material is. The tenacity of 5200 frightens me a bit, but this might be a good application for it. While not entirely impossible, I’d hope not to have to remove them.
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Is the bulwark topped with teak? I also would worry about ever having to remove the 5200. But it is doable with heat and DeBond. Maybe it would firm up the bases so the screws would hold???
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The bulwark is just gelcoat, no teak. I think epoxy in the screw holes and a bit of 5200 under the base might be the answer. Realistically, if I need to get the off down the road itís possible, just difficult.
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Could you do your epoxy plan and just use longer screws ?
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I could do that for sure, but I also want to seal against water intrusion in the future, which might cause the same to happen again.
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Can uou use a size larger screw by maybe using pan head screws? They may take up some of the slack. Most bases use flat head or oval head screws. By going to pan head you might be able to go a size larger and also get an ďOĒ ring of caulk under the screw head.
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Could you do your epoxy plan and just use longer screws ?
and maybe larger/fatter size
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Good thought on the screws. Would certainly be the easiest solution.
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Greetings,
Mr. UM. I've had the same problem although I do have a substantial teak cap rail under the stanchion bases. MY solution was/is to remove the stanchion, drill a larger hole and insert one of these things into the teak:





So far, it seems, to be substantial enough to be able to tighten down the oval head machine screws (internal thread of insert is 5/16-24 ?) enough to squish the butyl tape bedding out. Yes, it does take multiple tightenings to accomplish this.


I re-fastened my bow rail this year and I had to take it completely off to be able to replace all the stripped screws as I couldn't raise individual stanchions enough to do each one individually. Side rails and aft rails I was able to do singly.


Well worth either making or buying an installation tool because if you break off an "ear" or insert the insert crooked, you DO have problems. Alignment IS fairly critical.



I have had occasion to remove a side stanchion again and it seemed to be quite easy. Just pop out the machine screw, re-bed and zip it back in.



Hope this helps...
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I had the same issue with some rails on top of my flybridge. They actually had some forces on them from the stays holding up my mast. Anyway I epoxied the holes and installed longer screws that had a wood screw thread on one end and on the other end a machine thread. After threading the screws tightly down into the flybridge cap, I slightly drilled out the stanchion bases and installed that with nuts, compressed the butyl well, finshed with cap nuts. Holding well for last few years.
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The simplest is to drill out the oversized hole and epoxy in a piece of dowel.


This gives a new screw something to grab on to.
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The simplest is to drill out the oversized hole and epoxy in a piece of dowel.


This gives a new screw something to grab on to.
This would be my approach.
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Exterior (even buried) use of wood wouldn't be my choice....although guilty of doing toothpicks in a pinch.

Good epoxy with chopped fibers would be a substitute..as that is sorta what they use when doing concrete anchors... maybe investigate there what is the current rage.
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The simplest is to drill out the oversized hole and epoxy in a piece of dowel.


This gives a new screw something to grab on to.
How much oversized and what kind of wood dowel? Then you drill into the wood and apply the screw, correct.

The only problem I see with this is that the screw will cause the wood dowel to crack it and create a means for water to find its way in beside the screw eventually rotting the wood away. This is best for inside out of weather tip IMO.
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If you only have a few problem stanchions, drill oversize holes, epoxy, re-fasten.
My .02.

A minor PITA but the correct fix.
I'm also guilty of the match stick in the hole, but that won't last.
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It is just a few, and mostly in the area where the side boarding gate opens. For obvious reasons it gets the most flex there. I do like the idea of the threaded inserts, I think those, bedded in epoxy would seal the hole and hold well at the same time.

Thanks to everyone for the great input!
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