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CHAIN PLATES


Debbie Maidman and Chris Burger

HI BUD,
I AM IN THE PROCESS OF PREPING MY W32 FOR PAINTING
AND REMOVING THE CHAIN PLATES, WHAT A JOB. TRIED REMOVING NUTS AND CUTTING HEADS OF CARRAGE BOLTS WITH DREMEL TOOL THEN DRIVING THROUGH WITH A PUNCH, BOTH PROCESSES SLOW GO. BEDDING COMPOUND VERY TOUGH.

CAN YOU PLEASE RECOMMEND A BETTER WAY IF POSSIBLE.
ALSO WHEN ALL BOLTS ARE REMOVED HOW DO YOU GET CHAIN PLATES OUT FROM BEHIND TEAK WITHOUT BREAKING WOOD.


Bud Taplin
(Member)

If you can reach the nuts on the inside, take them off, and tap the bolt to move it out slightly. Then grab the head of the carriage bolt with a visegrips, and twist and pull. You can cut the teak rubrail carefully with a fine saw on either side of the chainplate, and remove the piece of teak. It can later be reinstalled with a bit of tan colored caulking, and you hardly notice the cut line.

When re-installing the chainplate, only put a ring of caulking around each of the boltholes, not over the entire length of the chainplate. That way you will avoid the possibility of crevice corrosion of the chainplate due to oxygen starvation.

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