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post #8 of Old 11-01-2009
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When I put in backing plates on my stanchons and other deck fittings using 1/8" stainless and I cut it with a hacksaw with no problem. You need a fresh blade and may even need to replace it. SS is harder on the drill bits. 1/8th is overkill on the stanchion backing plates. I only used the 1/8th where I expected a lot of load. Thinner plate would easily meet the load for stanchions... think of it as a big washer. Stanchion load isn't a lot compared to cleats and things like that. I've read testing that found the stachion post is far more likely more likely to bend that a backing plate pull out. I'd be concerned about the ss/aluminium corrosion issue with aluminium as it would occur at the bolthole. More of a long term issue.
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