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Loose railing screws

Doing a general look-over of the boat this week I noticed that a couple of the stainless screws that hold the stern railing in place were loose. I tightened them up, and it felt like they were on the verge of stripping. What's the best way to reseat them?

Should I fill the old holes with some kind of filler, then redrill and reset? If so, what's a good filler to use? Should I just get larger stainless screws and reseat with those?

Nothing's critical with it yet (it's not about to fall over), but I'd like to deal with it before it does become a problem.

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Care to give us a clue what type of material we're discussing?

Ferro, aluminum, mahogany, fiberglass, steel, peanut butter?.........
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If the screws go into wood or fiberglass, use thickened epoxy, with colloidial silica filler, to fill the holes, and then re-drill. If they go into steel or aluminum, you can do the same, but might need to take precautions to limit where the epoxy goes.

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FWIW, as a very old, unattractive and fish taco loving finish carpenter for many years, I make dowels for the holes out of the the same species of lumber brushed, with epoxy and thickner for re-attaching screws and hardware on wood cap rails and the like. The prob with plain epoxy is it's a bit brittle/shatterable when trying to re-tap or re-drill. The wood dowels will be more user friendly........

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you may very well find nuts on the end of those screws and they are just spinning around...
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you may very well find nuts on the end of those screws and they are just spinning around...
I like that. Sounds like the name of country song.......
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You could also go to a threaded insert. Depending what material you are going into would affect which you would use. Most Fastenal or Wood Worker stores would handle something like these. Thread Inserts for Metal, Wood and Plastic by E-ZLOK

The nice thing with this process is you will be drilling out what is bad and not have to be rebuilding the area. These inserts will be bigger than what you have there now. They are available in Stainless or Brass depending on the application.

You would then use a bolt into this insert rather than a screw.

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If they have been loose for awhile, is there a possiblity that water has gotten inside and begun to rot the area around the screws? If so, you may need to dig out the "soft" area, fill with epoxy or something, and then re-drill and rebed the screws.
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