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Re: Pedestal side panels

Postby Tomfoolery » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:27 am

I'm partial to well nuts, as previously stated, mostly because they're removable, and don't require a tool to install. BUT, they do stick out a little, so mounting panels flush requires counterboring the hole slightly with a forstner bit (assuming wood or plastic) or end mill before drilling the through hole. With brass threaded inserts, they're not likely to get wrecked in a salt air environment, though I don't know how they'd do with SS screws.

Posted for the benefit of anyone who's not familiar with them, as I wasn't until I got the Mac and needed a way to attach to thin FRP, like the headliner. :wink:



I mounted my Caframo fan to the headliner using them, mostly because if and when I sell the boat, I'm keeping that fan and wanted to be able to remove the well nuts and stick little plastic plugs in the holes. But it doesn't quite sit flush, and I can't counter bore the bottom of the fan. :wink: But you'd only notice if you went looking for it.
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