Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Foredeck Cleat Installation & Misc. Deck Hardware Prep.
Sunday, February 7th, 2016
Ahead of the Super Bowl festivities, I wanted to get at least the foredeck cleat on the boat. I made a run to the hardware store for a 5/16" tap, but due to its size at the base I had to use a locking wrench for the assist in creating the threads. I started by pre-drilling...
...and then tapped the fastener holes with the 5/16" tap.
As I moved from hole to hole, I finished by slightly over-boring the holes to allow more polysulfide to fill and protect the opening from water intrusion.
The prepared fastener holes ready to accept the cleat and silicon bronze machine screws.
I liberally applied the polysulfide to the underside of the cleat, to the deck holes themselves and just under the machine screw head prior to it being seated into the cleat. I will cleanup the squeeze out after the polysulfide cures somewhat.
I applied a couple backing plates to the underside as well. The length of the machine screws will be taken off with a hacksaw at such a time WHEN I HAVE IT! :)
I finished up by preparing a number of teak bases for the balance of the deck hardware.
Total Time: 2.5 Hours