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Don't use epoxy... use a good sealant... if it is deck hardware, butyl rubber tape works quite well. Available at most glaziers...

Also, pot any holes, as mitiempo said, if the deck is cored.

If you do the countersinking of the holes, you can tighten down the bolts completely, unlike what Billyruffin says... Most people can't hold the bolt steady enough and get good enough access to the nut to prevent them from breaking the sealant seal if they let it cure first. Remember to run the countersink bit in reverse so as not to take away too much fiberglass.


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WEST SYSTEM | Use Guides - Bonding Hardware
Uhmm, they sell epoxy. Of course they are going to tell you it's the right stuff to use. First rule of thumb: Never take advice from anyone who is about to take your money.

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I do not see why the West method would not work. Unlike some of the beddings, a quick rap with a wooden mallet would probably break the base free. However, if there is constant loading of the top lifeline, the stanchion becomes a lever trying to break the base free. A somewhat more flexible bond might be desirable.

Sleeving the holes is also a good method with a stanchion base. G-10 tubes epoxied in does a number of good things for the deck.

Also, as mentioned in the West tutorial, use wax or polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) on fasteners if you are potting the bolts.
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