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    Threaded inserts in fiberglass???
from Patches (152.163.207.193)  
5/5/2001 1:26:00 PM

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 The seats in my boat look like they are screwed in to what looks like threaded inserts . i'd like to move the seats back for some more leg room. Are these threaded inserts? if they are, how the heck do you tap fiberglass?If not threaded how would i bond some inserts in the glass so they wont pop out in rough water? The glass under the seats is plenty thick


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   Not tapped... from Jeff Southern (206.67.247.123)  5/5/2001 1:38:00 PM
 Typically, you drill a hole and epoxy the insert into place. You really cannot tap fiberglass. Some people attach things with wood on sheet metal screws, but I prefer a through hole and backup nut or an expoyed in threaded insert.

There are some pop-rivit type threaded inserts, but they tend to come lose over time....

Epoxy is the way to go....


   Rivnuts from bassaholicpa (205.188.199.27)  5/5/2001 3:41:00 PM
 The pop rivet type inserts are called "rivnuts" they are Mfg. by BFGoodrich for the aircraft industry. You can buy these at any aircraft supply house and hold very well. You can get them made from aluminum and with a good size stainless steel washer on the back they will last longer than the boat. Hope this helps you.


   insert from Patches (205.188.197.163)  5/5/2001 4:36:00 PM
 i cant get to the back side, or the under side,to use a washer and nut. an threaded insert, epoxied in, will do the job? Thanks for the replies


   Wellnuts from capecoralbill (4.48.115.98)  5/7/2001 6:29:00 AM
 I dont know who makedts them, but they are black rubber tube shaped with a brass nut molded into the bottom of the black rubber, you drill a hole in your floor shove this in, nut end first then tighten up, and the rubber squishes out and hold good. They were used on my 1973 MFG boat, and I've seen them in marine stores to this day. they are called Well nuts. Some one else may call them something else, they come in different lenghts and thread sizes. good luck capecoralbill


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