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If I"m understanding you correctly it is a bit late for most of the above suggestions as it is already installed. If you just have to live with it as is you can most likely still place the furniture as you wish but you might have to make some type of spacers to lift it a quarter inch or so when the furniture spans a joint. I"m sure you can work around it some way.  By the way, great idea using that Bud Light to hold the carpet down while the glue dries!  Looks very effective, nice an flat all over!!
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Initially some H channel was visible under my carpet.  If its still there now, I don"t see it.  Did you route the top of the 5/8 to be flush with your H channel top??

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No, I didn"t route anything on the wood. I"m not worried about it anymore. the furniture I am putting on is made by a local canvas worker and we can raise the seats up if it is an issue. I really don"t think it will be considering that I didn"t do anything different than what the previous owner had.  Here is the picture of the two gates that are painted and semi dry.


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Well, I"m down to the long process of cleaning rails with Sharkhide aluminum cleaner, then washing the fence panels, prepping them for paint, then putting sharkhide protectant on all the rails, then finally painting. I have all the front rails cleaned and prepped for paint. Tomorrow I will tackle the back set. Anyone want to come to Mountain Home and help?????? Didn"t think so...I have a case of beer ready and beautiful weather. I"ll post some pics of the process tomorrow.
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No, I"m just putting the sharkhide protectant on the rails. The only items I am painting are the panels attached to the rails. The process I am using is as follows.
  1. Sharkhide aluminum cleaner on the bare aluminum rails.
  2. Sharkhide protectant on the cleaned rails.
  3. Taping the protected rails.
  4. Painting the aluminum fence panels.
I ran out of cleaner on the last rear side panel so except for that everything is ready for paint. I have some more cleaner on the way. I may start painting this evening, we have a chance of showers tonight and tomorrow so I may wait.
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I have to replace the rear deck on my "93 Playcraft.  How difficult was it to get the old stuff off/how was it attached?  Its 8 feet 6inches wide, so I gotta find an expensive piece of plywood, or add some supports so I can piece 2 sheets together.
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Mine was slid into an H channel with a C channel between the two H channels. It had two bolts through the C-Channel. Once I unbolted them, we tried hitting the wood with a hammer to get it to slide out but it was swollen too much to let it slide. So I went the destructive route. I took my circular saw and cut down the middle of the ply wood.
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OK, everything has 1 coat of gray paint except for the rear left side
and roof supports. Sharkhide cleaner will be here Thursday. Then I"ll
clean the left side section and tape it off and do the same with the
roof supports. If it doesn"t rain tomorrow, I"ll set the painted panels
up on the deck and snap a few pics so ya"ll can get a good idea of
how it will look!
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looks like your getting there
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Here is the pic of what it will look like. Obviously without the blue tape.

2nd coat goes on tonight!


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Looks quite good: will you be able to continue after the cold sets in?
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Originally posted by CGbosun CGbosun wrote:

Looks quite good: will you be able to continue after the cold sets in?
 
Duck season got the best of me, but I'm back now. I still have to finish painting the fence and then I can start to reassemble. I think I have said this already, but I absolutely hate painting. It is probably the least enjoyable task I can think of. I got permission from the woman to use the house as an indoor work area so the paint will set up properly. I am going to paint one piece at a time and it should take me around a week and a half to complete the painting 100%. Glad to be back working on the boat though.
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Welcome back...hope you had a better duck season than we did
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We actually had a decent season. Hunted around 25 days and killed a fair amount of birds. Now, back to the boat!
 
I am moving along nicely on the painting process. It makes the house smell bad and also makes the head a little light so I am trying to get it done fast! Here is the back side of the front part of the fence.
 
 
Look at how pretty those rails are! I love how easy and how well the sharkhide worked. It was a little spendy, but I absolutely love that bare aluminum look. I'm only 23 so I don't have the appreciation of the polished mirror finish that you old guys do. LOL
 
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can't tell too much about the rails with my eyes, but the fence looks good Thumbs Up
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Thanks!
 
The PO cut a hole in the front part of the fence for the trolling motor cable to run through. You can see it in the picture above on the left. Any of you know how to patch that so there isn't a huge hole showing? I was just going to leave it but I figured someone on here would know how to fix it. The panels are aluminum.
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Easiest fix would probably be to find some kind of insert to plug in the hole or just a grommet to dress it up. Otherwise short of buying the vinyl fence covering or doing some bondo body work with sheet metal I am out of suggestions.
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Im not too worried about it. This boat is going to look a thousand times better than when I started. There are holes in a couple different panels and to be honest, I don't really think they'll draw much attention.

 
Anyone know of any good plastic boxes for storage? I would like two for the back of my boat. I would like to put them on the inside of the fence with one on each side of the back gate. I'd like them to hinge and have the option to lock them. PontoonStuff has some new dock boxes but I am reallllllllly on a budget now.
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Sams usually has some good plastic boxes. I bought two rolling lockable plastic boxes there that I use to store stuff on my boat. Don't have pictures but they were made by Stanley and have a handle that slides out when you use it to roll.
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I'll check em out online. Didnt even think to look there.
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I have a similar box that I kept in the back of a pick up for years. Now its in my barn and is just as solid as when I bought it. Lost the key somewhere down the road.
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Well, I am almost done with painting. I only have to paint a few more pieces before im finished completely with the paint brush! I do need help on the next step. I am going to be putting my fence back on next weekend and I am alittle confused on how to drill the bolt holes in the deck/carpet. The holes that are in the fence are too close to the panels to allow me to use the fence as a template. (I hope that made sense.) Is there an easy way to drill the bolt holes in the deck so they match up with the holes that are already in the fence?
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You could I suppose use some kind of colored perm marker to make a mark. Put the fence rails in place, mark location markers where the fence will sit and location of the holes and measure the distance from that mark to the center of the hole. Course I'm sure somebody has a much better idea than mine Wink
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I put the fence on and clamped down.  The entire fence.  Made sure all gates etc were in right place and would work.  Took 2 1/2 " finish nails and drove in from top through the holes in the fence (all of them).  Lifted a section of fence off the nails.  Cut a small x (3/16 x 3/16 cuts) with box knife at each nail and drilled hole.   Set the section back on and bolted down to ensure still OK before going to next section and drilling.  An appropriate size hole punch to open spot through carpet for drill would have been good also.  Carpet did not seem to pull with the drill at least with the x cut through.

Worked for me. 

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Very good idea! Im guessing that you wouldnt have to use very thick nails. just some that were long enough to stick in the wood for markers. Did you put the gates on the hinges or just set them up to check for fit? I am going to try to put the fence back on Saturday. I guess i'll have to see how much this storm delays things. Im in Mountain Home, AR and it looks like we are going to be getting ice, sleet, and a little snow.
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My gates were still attached because I did not remove them from the fence sections.  Either way you will need to ensure they fit and swing properly.  I used finish nails because of the small head.  Need to be a big enough nail to withstand driving and potential bump from the fence.

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ALMOST DONE PAINTING! Clap I have to put one more coat of gray on the roof supports(if thats what ya call them). Here is a pic of the living room work area. Also, looks like it is a go to install the fence on Saturday. We didn't get hit as hard as they said we would, just a little sleet and very little ice. Anything I should know before installing the fence?

 
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make sure you put the PS risers between the fence and floor. This will let the water run off and make it easier to clean. Stainless bolts are a plus too
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I have the risers and I also bought the stainless steel fence bolts from PS. I am so ready for warm weather. We have decided to get a slip on Norfork. No more trailering back and forth.

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