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post #2 of Old 08-17-2008
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I did essentially the same thing when I put a tube between the holes for the tabernacle hinge pin on my mast. The tube keeps the pin/bolt from wandering off target when inserted from one side. I used a piece of aluminum pipe, and instead of cutting the ends flush with the mast I made the pipe 1/16"-1/8" longer on each side. I used a ball peen hammer to peen over the ends like a rivet and then filed everything smooth. It works fine and hasn't budged in 15 years.

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