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kellysails 10-08-2012 04:29 PM

Stainless lock washer or locktite
 
Hello,

This last weekend I noticed that the bolts holding down my blocks for halyards and reefing lines at the base of the mast were all loose, one was completely out. My question is:

Clearly I need to check them more often.

What would be better, stainless lock washers (stainless is a bit soft) or locktight (or competitor)?

Regards,

Craig Kelly
s/v Kairos

Brewgyver 10-08-2012 04:42 PM

Re: Stainless lock washer or locktite
 
Is this a nut and bolt combination, bolts through deck with nuts, etc, underneath? I'm assuming you don't have bolts (machine screws) threaded into the mast itself. If the materials are alike (e.g. all 304 SS), then Loctite blue should hold everything snug. You also have to make sure that the blocks themselves aren't torquing against the fastener, slowly unscrewing the connection.

VetMike 10-08-2012 04:43 PM

Re: Stainless lock washer or locktite
 
I use lock washers exclusively but locktite is good and has the benefit of not rolling off the deck or under something when you remove the nut.

kellysails 10-08-2012 04:59 PM

Re: Stainless lock washer or locktite
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Brewgyver (Post 930872)
Is this a nut and bolt combination, bolts through deck with nuts, etc, underneath? I'm assuming you don't have bolts (machine screws) threaded into the mast itself.

The bolt threads into a receiver glassed into the deck.

So it sounds like Locktite Blue is the way to go here. Thanks!

Ordered from Amazon, will receive Wednesday.

Regards,

Craig
s/v Kairos

hellosailor 10-11-2012 12:57 AM

Re: Stainless lock washer or locktite
 
Bear in mind, LocTite works best on clean threads. So you did place an order for the cleaner/rpimer too, right? (G)

Alcohol, toothbrush or wire brush. Or at least a paper towel and alcohol first.

overbored 10-11-2012 01:30 AM

Re: Stainless lock washer or locktite
 
the screws through the cabin top should be sealed so they don't leak and the sealer makes a good thread locker. I use 3M 4000 marine sealer and elastic lock nuts.

kellysails 10-11-2012 01:50 PM

Re: Stainless lock washer or locktite
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by hellosailor (Post 931967)
Bear in mind, LocTite works best on clean threads. So you did place an order for the cleaner/rpimer too, right? (G)

Alcohol, toothbrush or wire brush. Or at least a paper towel and alcohol first.

Thanks, on it! -craig


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