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If you were going to install mast steps...

How would you attach them to the mast. Would you drill and tap to use machine screws, or would you use stainless steel rivets?

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If you were going to install mast steps...

Last time I had my mast down, I installed 2 of the folding steps near the top of my mast so that if I ever had to work there, I could stand on them if needed. I placed them so that the top of the mast would hit me about chest height. I drilled and tapped the holes and installed them with SS screws. I used anti-seize to prevent any corrosion between the SS and the aluminum mast.

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If you were going to install mast steps...

Screws should work fine if there''s enough thickness to provide a good bite - that''s the big question. I''d ask the manufacturer of your mast but I wouldn''t be surprised if they recommended rivets. Load bearing hardware on masts (goosenecks, pad eyes, etc.) that is not reinforced or through bolted is very often riveted.
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