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Bomar hatch follow up
I see this thread goes back to 08 but it is right on target with my question. I have a cracked low profile Bomar hatch on my Catalina320 and I have purchased a new one, hopefully exactly the same. I see the comments here about tapping out the hinge roll pins and it seems to me that it would be far simpler to tap out the pins and put the lid from the new hatch right on the old frame. (This sounds like what Argofred was hoping to do.) This would avoid removing the frame, softening and removing the old bedding compound and re-installing the new frame. My question is, assuming that the new hatch is a perfect duplicate, if I tap out the pins.. can I use the same pins to press back in to attach the new lid? OR will they be damaged so I have to buy new pins? I'll have the removed pins from both the old and new hatch.
Also are there any tips like "heat up the hinge with a heat gun to make the pin easier to press/tap out"?