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Removing Lifeline Stanchion Bases
Several of my lifeline stanchion bases are cracked towards the bow end of the boat. The big screws holding the stanchion bases to the boat have slot type heads, which are easy to strip. The screws are oriented horizontally and the cabin wall is fairly close to the screw heads. Access is difficult. I would like to pull the cracked bases and have new bases fabricated, but am nervous about stripping the heads of the screws. It would be hard to get an impact driver to work in the confined space. Any ideas on methodology? If they strip, I can pull the bases off over the stripped end of the screw and try to turn the screw out with vice grips.....