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tool recommendations for fiberglass, mast work
I believe I understand the scope of the work for replacing my 2 bulkheads (fortunately smallish, they're just under the bunks in the aft hulls on my catamaran), and recoring the soft spots in my deck. I'll also need to be drilling holes into the mast.
So I need some tools to do all this, and I'm looking for tool recommendations...
a. Cutting thru tabbing on bulkheads
b. Grinding remaining tabbing down
c. Cutting thru top skin of deck
d. Grinding down any bits of nasty junk after pulling out the rotten core
e. Grinding down edges of skin to re-glass
f. Would you hand sand any thickened epoxy that over-oozed out, or use a tool for that?
g. Drilling through aluminum mast (I have a power drill, any special bits needed? any special guide to secure to the mast to ensure a good cut?)
h. Threading the holes through the aluminum mast
Speaking of the aluminum mast, what do you use for screws to attach the tri/anchor and steaming lights? Stainless steel would cause galvanic corrosion right?
So is there a wonderful magical tool that combines all the grinding & cutting needs for a, b, c, and d above? Rotozip, dremel, something like that? I don't really know power tools very well, I've got a mitre saw, hand circular saw, a drill, a palm sander, and a jig saw, that's it.
Thanks in advance once again... I will get this boat in the water for the 4th!