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Old 06-21-2014, 07:17 PM   #71
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I saw a recommendation for #8 SS screws on eBay. Where do y'all recommend finding the washers? Are they a common item?

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Old 06-22-2014, 06:47 PM   #72
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Just go to a fastener supplier. They will make you buy a pack of 100, but they will charge less then Home depot does for 10.
I go to Calgary Fasteners & Tools Ltd. | (403) 287-5340

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Old 06-22-2014, 08:06 PM   #73
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There are concerns with aluminum and stainless steel being in direct contact with each other. Think of it as a small battery. Aluminum by nature acts as an anode. Stainless steel acts as a cathode. You need an electrolyte solution to get current flowing. In this case rain water could act as the electrolyte. If you live close to the ocean, salt water can act as a very good electrolyte. The current that is generated is what causes the corrosion.

Fortunately, if you have a larger anode (the aluminum window frame) and cathode (the SST screws) the concern is still there, but, is very, very minimally less.

If you were to attach a large SST metal sheet to something outside using aluminum rivets or screws, the rivets or screws would corrode very fast, especially if you lived by the ocean.

The washers would limit the contact area between the frame and the screws and would certainly be a cheap, easy solution for peace of mind. I really don't think it is that much or a concern or necessary.

Just my 2 cents worth

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Old 06-22-2014, 09:42 PM   #74
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We live in DC now but who knows where my husband will be stationed next. Since he's in the Marine Corps, nearly anywhere we'll be sent will be near the ocean (except Twentynine Palms - lol).
I'll look up some local faster places. Thanks for the tips!
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:16 AM   #75
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Cool A couple of thoughts

First off, I found this stuff:

WOOD HARDENER | Rotted Wood Hardener

If one of you would be brave enough to try it, it might solve many problems listed here.

Secondly, as a former sailor, all the hardware on my aluminum mast, boom, etc. was stainless steel. You may want to talk to someone knowledgeable about boats to find out if certain types of SS go with certain types of AL.
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Old 06-29-2014, 11:34 PM   #76
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any agreement on 1 or 3/4" screws #8

Any thoughts about 1" screws as suggested by Rod? I suppose if they are going thru the window frame, fibreglass and into 3/4 plywood 1" length does make sense. I don't have mine apart yet to have a better look, just took off the rockguard and see the window has to come out, well they all likely do but anyways...Going to order some bags of screws tomorrow am. Glad to re-read this thread ....diving in on our front window.
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:53 PM   #77
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Popped front window out this am, couple quick measurements and ordered a bag of 200, #8 1" stainless screws from west coast fasteners. Similar to others' experiences the plywood looks ok but definitely moist. It baked in the hot sun and wind today and I will probably reuse it maybe the odd toothpick will be needed.

I also picked up some butyl tape but it is only 3/8 wide ....that is all they had. What width did u use? I was hoping for 1" because that is the width of the window flange. Definitely a few questions about where on the window frame flange to put the tape.....above screw holes, below screw holes or both? And double layer? Do the screws just poke right through the tape? I don't know about this stuff....I'm tempted to also squirt a bead of windshield urethane. I have a lot of spider cracks too in the fibreglass from what looks to be overtorquing the screws. Honestly, I'm not impressed how these windows were anchored ...Pretty cheesy / flimsy setup,especially the bottom edge that sucks the top of the gaucho together to the window and some big gaps to fill. Will snap a pic tomorrow.
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Old 09-05-2016, 07:25 PM   #78
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Hey Dave 1977 trilllium 1300 windows cranks will not work. The cranks are new but the hardware will not close the window. Any ideas on how to fix windows?
I've got one window out now and started cleaning it up. I have a new crank on order. What I did notice on the old one is that it has a limited range of motion. That is it only goes so far in either direction. This thread on the samba shows some pictures of the gears inside. :: Bay Window Bus - View topic - Jalousie pop rivet replacement

I'm thinking that you are going to have to take things apart, turn the crank then reassemble, you should be good to go.

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