SailNet Community - Reply to Topic
SailNet FAQ This forum is specifically on the Sailnet Website and how to do certain things on the website. Please note - any other threads will be deleted.

Thread: Tool to remove core to properly mount deck hardware Reply to Thread
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below

  Topic Review (Newest First)
05-29-2012 01:22 AM
Re: Tool to remove core to properly mount deck hardware

I have used different burs - the down side to a bur is that most of the time it was too big for the hole and I ended up with a large hole on the top side. Tried the bent nail and sort of worked but bounced a bit.

The last tool has been a series of about 1/8 inch Allen Wrenches with the short ends ground down - I have several different lengths - the smallest or shortest is small enough to rotate freely in the base hole. Then I beat out the core (Balsa in my case) then switch to a slightly longer Allen Wrench and repeat a few times until I get the core enlarged to the size I want - - the secret with the Allen Wrenches is not to use too long a short side - when the short side is too long or you get too greedy and in a hurry the bit will bounce around and get bent - - on the good side the 1/8 inch Allen Wrenches don't cost much if you buy them at an industrial supply house. Seems I might have paid maybe $ 1.50 for 6 wrenches.
04-10-2012 10:43 PM
Re: Tool to remove core to properly mount deck hardware

An Allen wrench works. Or you can use a bent nail. It doesn't have to be neat as the epoxy will cover it.
04-10-2012 09:58 PM
Re: Tool to remove core to properly mount deck hardware

I have this bit and I'm sure it would work great...if the core was thick enough. It's only about 1/4 or so in the area I need to grind out. I could try the allen wrench but that seems kind of crude.
03-13-2012 03:35 AM
Re: Tool to remove core to properly mount deck hardware

I use a dremel router bit in a flex drive. The bit below is 1/4" diameter and bit #115 is 5/16" diameter. They work well - the 1/4" one shown fits in most hardware holes. This tip originally came from Mainesail.
03-13-2012 12:01 AM
Re: Tool to remove core to properly mount deck hardware

I've got a couple of 1/8" allen wrenches that I've cut the short end down a bit for different sized holes. They work OK but if they get hung up it twists them pretty easily. Looks like those burrs would require a pretty large hole to get into, but if that flat one happened to be the same size as the hole it would work great.
03-12-2012 08:19 PM
Re: Tool to remove core to properly mount deck hardware

Stick an allen wrench in your drill (short side down).
03-12-2012 07:22 PM
Tool to remove core to properly mount deck hardware

Hi, best practice when mounting/bedding deck hardware on a cored deck is to remove some of the core surrounding the holes to protect the remaining core from water intrusion.

For big holes, traditional tools can perform this job. For tiny holes, like one for a single fastener, a person can apparently use a bent nail in a drill.

For medium sized holes, like for cockpit and deck drains, I found that I could not get regular tools in there, and a bent nail would just jump around as it made and lost contact with the core. Maybe a sturdy hand and drill press guide or attachment could make this work. But after trying a few grinding bits for my drill and Fein MM, I tried a Kutzall Extreme - Rotor Saw Burrs (RSX-114F) in my drill. It was easier to control, worked fast, and appears to me to be an ideal and inexpensive solution for this task. I'm not sure where they are sold, but I got mine on eBay:

eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome