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Old 09-30-2006, 11:43 AM   #15
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It's all greek to me. Did what you use have to pierce the shell of the trailer, as i'm trying to avoid that.

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Old 09-30-2006, 08:04 PM   #16
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Yes, the carriage bolt is inserted from the outside in.
I can't remember if we use 1 inch or 1 1/2 inch SS bolts.

I used these, because I had them and everything was closed for Christmas.

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but these would look better.

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Old 09-30-2006, 10:46 PM   #17
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Wow, detail drawings too! So how do you prevent water from coming in where the bolts are? Did you silicone around them or anything?
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Old 10-01-2006, 12:28 AM   #18
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We used SS carriage bolts and acorn nuts with nylon inserts to attach the cabinets and back splash.
I'm infering here that you did pierce the trailer walls -- How did you put square holes in the fiberglass (or are the acorn nuts on the outside?)? -- Or did you bend the diamond plate at top and bottom to attach to the fiberglass cabinets?
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Old 10-01-2006, 09:29 PM   #19
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We bent the diamond plate on a brake to fit next to the wall and over the fiberglass at the cabinet and sink.

The carriage bolts that we used had a gnarled round edge, not square.
There is an awesome product that WILL NOT collect dust and is an excellent sealer. It does run if applied to thick. This stuff will stretch and stretch.

Repair Adhesive

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You can purchase it about anywhere.

My Casita had a lot of cracks around the belly band. I put on a coat of Goop and we painted. That has been nine months now and no cracks. Note: On something like this, you have to put it on fast and work it with a wet finger. It sets up pretty quick.

I only use Silicone where dust is not a problem and I need a thick covering.

I could not have done this diamond plate project if it were not for a Brother-in-law that is a master with it and did I mention that it was a pay back on work that I had done for him. Sweet deal!!

Side note: Home Depot and the such, sell a real thin diamond plate that would be easier to work with and you may be able to pop rivet it on.

I'm rambling, but we took the carpet down and installed the foil double bubble insulation behind the diamond plate.

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