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Old 09-25-2011, 07:08 AM   #15
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cool thanks elie! i'll look into that!
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Old 09-25-2011, 07:15 AM   #16
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Here I go bad mouthing myself but I went through 2 of the original L400 locks and finally went with another type. I believe this was a Trimark lock. I am horrible at fiberglassing so when I post the picture don't laugh or make fun of me unless you are going to help me fix my Trillium up. It really wasn't that hard to replace. I took the original wood out of the door because it was rotted and made a piece to fit the new lock, enlarged the hole, put it all in, and did a quick nasty fiberglass job. I did make the board big enough to cover the original opening to have a backing for the fiberglass. I think this whole process was about 4 hours. I did not take pictures of the process (sorry) and you live to far for me to help. I plan on trying to begin my rebuild next spring because I will be retiring from the AF this winter. I will have had my Trillium 11 yrs next July, talk about putting things off and then I wonder why Ellie wants a NEW trailer.
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Old 09-25-2011, 07:40 AM   #17
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got a friend who has been repairing a sailboat and I think doing some fiberglass work. i'll see if it's a task he is up to teaching me. I"m HORRIBLE with manuals. I am sure it would be a horrible mess and may be worth the paying someone to do it but we'll see if my buddy ron does this kind of stuff. if so he's a guy that works for a good burger on the grill and beer... good beer.... guinness is his fav... of course only AFTER the job is done so I'd be best off that way THANK YOU THANK YOU for your replies. I very much appreciate it. maybe the NEXT repair I'll take on myself but only after I've at least WATCHED it once.
Only you can tell the way you learn I'm glad you found a way around your allergy to manuals. It can turn your chore into a good time. I suggest you talk to him about Interlux watertite Epoxy filler, which is an outstanding product that is extremely easy to use: it won't drip (tooth paste consistency) and it mixes 50/50. In tigh corners (working a keel from below) or complicated shapes, it is the best product I know. I often do the bulk of structural work with good old and inexpensive Polyester resin and mat, but Interlux watertite filler reduces greatly the time required to produce a smooth and impeccable surface that can be painted. Bondo with fibers can be used as an alternate product (less expensive) but it it so soft, you will make a dent on you paint with just about any impact. Watertite epoxy filler is so hard, your repair will last.

Sorry, I forgot you don't like reading manuals
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:41 AM   #18
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Thank for sharing your pictures Steve. Il looks like a Trimark lock, that is easy to find under 50$ just about anywhere in black, white or chrome finish.

You pictures are the proof that you don't need to be a specialist to succeed. It looks very much like my first bodywork repair with bondo in the 80's With help and advise from a few people I got considerably better over time. Really all is missing is the final sanding and cosmetic finish which can be done with bondo putty and matching spray paint, once you have tested that your repair is strong enough not to develop cracks that would ruin your finish. You have got the courage and skills to get that far, I'm certain you can find the patience for the finishing touch one day.

In the meantime, I will continue laughing about your Duck Tape avatar that looks just like your RV pictures: Work in progress, it is already working !
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:49 PM   #20
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I've just gotta say that if I can do fiberglassing, ANYBODY can. My biggest problem is that I work really, really slowly on stuff, and that just doesn't work with FG. Luckily I memorized the directions and worked at lightning speed--for a turtle. Piece of cake! Very empowering, too.
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I've just gotta say that if I can do fiberglassing, ANYBODY can. My biggest problem is that I work really, really slowly on stuff, and that just doesn't work with FG. Luckily I memorized the directions and worked at lightning speed--for a turtle. Piece of cake! Very empowering, too.
Trick: Fiberglass Polyester resin and Epoxy are both temperature dependent: Cooler ambient temperature can considerably extend working time (if desirable). Polyester resin will not harden without the minimum amount of resin hardener (potential for disaster) but slower hardeners for epoxy resin are often available. If you can't work in a cooler place, using epoxy with slower epoxy hardener is the way to go. The end result will be up to six times stronger than a repair made with Polyester resin. Remember that properly prepared turtle will win the race, but a sloppy rabbit won't finish the job. We may one day know of a DuckTale too.
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Ah ha! I was working in 90+ degrees heat, so that explains the fast set up. When I rebuild my door hinge mess, I'll make sure it's in the dead of winter.
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