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Author: Steve K
Subject: Filling Deck Holes
Info: (1171 views) Posted: Wednesday 3-2-16 11:13:28 PM
Great advice. I used epoxy resin to fill holes and am now faced with more infiltration. Where to get G10 tubes and rods? SDK

:: I strongly second Jason's advice to use vinylester
:: resin, and also to use G10 tubes in holes that will be
:: taking mounting hardware.
::
:: For holes being abandoned, a quick and dirty repair
:: (that may leak later): over-drill the hole to get clean
:: edges, tape the backside with _green_ 3m painters tape,
:: fill with thickened vinylester, and paint the top of the
:: repair to protect it from UV.
::
:: The _best_ way to fill holes being abandoned is to
:: scallop around the holes first with a die grinder
:: (extending 1/8-1/4" beyond the hole) fill them with
:: thickened vinylester and cap them with little circles of
:: fiberglass mat. This will completely prevent them from
:: cracking at the edges of the repair and leaking. This is
:: the approach I would always take if the deck is getting
:: refinished. It goes really fast when you are doing lots
:: of holes.
::
:: Vinylester isn't readily available. I get it at
:: Svendsens, but the smallest size they have is a gallon.
:: It is MUCH easier to work with since it is much more
:: tolerant and cures to sanding very quickly (1-3 hours in
:: good weather).
::
::
::
:: :: Let me recommend NOT using epoxy resin. It shrinks over
:: :: time and will allow water to get back into the balsa
:: :: core (ask me how I know this!). The best solution is to
:: :: use vinylester resin and G-10 rod in each of the holes.
:: :: The G-10 will keep you from over compressing the holes
:: :: when the hardware is re-installed. Either way, you
:: :: should use vinylester resin to make sure you avoid the
:: :: shrinking issue. Now would be a good time to tap out the
:: :: deck to make sure there are not any other areas of water
:: :: entry into the deck.
:: ::
:: :: Cheers,
::
:: :: Jason
:: ::
:: ::
:: :: :: 3-4 inch wIde painters tape and lots of it.
:: :: ::
:: :: :: :: Hi all,
:: :: :: ::
:: :: :: :: I've removed all the hardware from my deck and am about
:: :: :: :: to over-drill, fill, and re-drill.
:: :: :: ::
:: :: :: :: I'm wondering if anybody has some good tips on how to
:: :: :: :: keep the expoxy from dripping through the holes and into
:: :: :: :: the interior.
:: :: :: ::
:: :: :: :: Taped on wax paper under the hole? Wait until epoxy is a
:: :: :: :: thick consistency? Use thickeners?
:: :: :: ::
:: :: :: :: I'd love to not have to learn this one the hard way ;-)
:: :: :: ::
:: :: :: :: Thanks
:: :: :: ::
:: :: :: :: Bryan

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