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Re: to cut or not to cut. that is the question.

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Originally Posted by VallelyJ View Post
I confess to not having read every post, so pardon the possible redundancy.
A Beckson-style deck plate would be the cat's a** here.
I've seen them in catalogs with a cloth bag that sets into the hole.
I'd think that you could also glass in a bottom and aft end and create a small storage locker that way. Needn't be neat or finished-looking. Nobody will poke their head in.
The peace of mind you'd get knowing that your cleats are properly fastened and backed will probably be worth the effort even if you don't make a storage space. It's crazy not to have access to fastenners. And using McGyver tricks as others have suggested would work but it's often hard to know for sure how well you've secured the fastenner.
I've installed a number of those deck plates and it's easy. Just bed them with something that won't harm the plastic.
JV

yeah. that's the kind of access panel i was talking about.
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