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MIKE IN lINO III

Replacing Lund floor

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I started the project of replacing the wood floor in my 16' Lund.

Does anyone have a good way to remove the old screws holding down the floor? These things are solid.

Thx,

Mike

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They won't twist off? Or, they're too tight to get loose, or what is the issue?

marine_man

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Yes, they won't twist off. they are too tight to get loose.

I put the phillips head screw driver on the screw and rapped it with a hammer but that didn't do much.

Mike

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It would be a slow proces, but you could grind the heads off, then use a vise grips to twist them out after you remove the decking...

marine_man

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When I did my boat mod I noticed that some of the screws and bolts were very difficult as well. Some ended up breaking off, others just took a long time to work loose.

Are you using marine ply to redo the floor? If so, where did you get it and how much if you don't mind me askin?

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Polarsusd81,

Siwek Lumber in NE Mpls has MBO at $30 a 4 x 8 sheet. They say this is the same stuff they make bill boards out of. I work 3 blocks away so I'll have to stop over there and check it out.

Mike

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Take a punch, or old screwdriver and hit the head of the screw sideways. Don't try to knock it off just enough to jar it loose. This has worked well for me on trim pieces on cars.

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Sounds good, I need about 1 1/2 sheets to finish my boat the way I want it.

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My guess is the stainless screws in the aluminum has caused galvanic corrosion or the screws could have gauled when they were put in. I'd get as many out as possible, maybe try a penetrating oil, then drill the heads on the remaining ones. Once you get the floor up I'd use a vise grip on whats left of the screws.

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