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Old 11-22-2021, 09:27 AM   #1
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There are many self tapping screws sticking out of the bottom of my 2020 Scamp 13. I like to store my Clam under the trailer (propped up off the garage floor on plastic trays), and it tends to snag on these screws. Can I just snip off the protruding parts of the screws?
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Old 11-22-2021, 10:03 AM   #2
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Don't see why not. Snip and give 'em a few swipes with a file to eliminate burrs.
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Old 11-22-2021, 10:35 AM   #3
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Then give each one a shot of aerosol plasti-dip to seal them and make sure you can locate them in the future if need be.
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Old 11-22-2021, 01:10 PM   #4
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Thanks, guys.
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Old 11-22-2021, 01:38 PM   #5
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I have zipped a bunch of them off with a cutoff wheel.
Dremel or grinder. Much smoother cut than a nipper.
If you scuff the paint , simply touch it up with a rattle can or a brush.
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Use one of these, squeeze hard then wiggle back and forth and the screw will break off. This is a special tool that is handy to have in your tool box.
https://www.amazon.com/Bates-Remover...a-855517345164
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Use one of these, squeeze hard then wiggle back and forth and the screw will break off.
While wearing safety glasses.

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Use one of these, squeeze hard then wiggle back and forth and the screw will break off. This is a special tool that is handy to have in your tool box.
https://www.amazon.com/Bates-Remover...a-855517345164

I've got six or eight of those things. It was the essential tool for the BTs in the refinery. It will work as you describe, but I caution that wiggling back and forth can loosen the screws in the wooden floor if your not careful.
Cut-off wheels are much quicker and easier and make cleaner cuts for this application.
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And while you're under the trailer with the touch-up paint, I would surely recommend sealing that raw unfinished, (and unsealed,) MDF particle board flooring to keep it from soaking up moisture and turning into a weak bloated swollen expanded sponge. I can't actually believe that they would have exposed wood under the trailer that wasn't coated to seal it from water intrusion. That MDF will wind up being mush if you let water get into it.
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Greg, it’s OSB, not MDF, and it was sealed at the factory with a coat of fiberglass resin. It’ll be fine, as long as the OP keeps up with basic shell maintenance, doesn’t let mud and crud accumulate on the undercarriage, and deals promptly with any leaks that develop from windows and other shell penetrations. 99% of floor rot happens from the top down.

Mine is now 13 years old and the underside of the floor looks nearly as clean as the day it rolled out of the factory.
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Greg, itís OSB, not MDF, and it was sealed at the factory with a coat of fiberglass resin. Itíll be fine, as long as the OP keeps up with basic shell maintenance, doesnít let mud and crud accumulate on the undercarriage, and deals promptly with any leaks that develop from windows and other shell penetrations. 99% of floor rot happens from the top down.

Mine is now 13 years old and the underside of the floor looks nearly as clean as the day it rolled out of the factory.
Well, OSB, MDF, Plywood, etc. It just looked like the picture was showing a raw piece of wood panelling. If it is coated, fine, it just didn't have that appearance from the picture up above.
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And while you're under the trailer with the touch-up paint, I would surely recommend sealing that raw unfinished, (and unsealed,) MDF particle board flooring to keep it from soaking up moisture and turning into a weak bloated swollen expanded sponge. I can't actually believe that they would have exposed wood under the trailer that wasn't coated to seal it from water intrusion. That MDF will wind up being mush if you let water get into it.
Good news is, You don't actually have to believe it....

Two points...
1] The floor is sealed from below with the same type of polyester resin used to make the fiberglass.

2] It is OSB (oriented strand board) NOT MDF.

OSB is the same stuff that houses are made of .... floors, exterior walls, floor joists, roofs, etc. All "unsealed".
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Greg, itís OSB, not MDF, and it was sealed at the factory with a coat of fiberglass resin. Itíll be fine, as long as the OP keeps up with basic shell maintenance, doesnít let mud and crud accumulate on the undercarriage, and deals promptly with any leaks that develop from windows and other shell penetrations. 99% of floor rot happens from the top down.

Mine is now 13 years old and the underside of the floor looks nearly as clean as the day it rolled out of the factory.

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Should not be a problem. But I would not do it right at the floor. I would leave like 1/16 of an inch or so still sticking out. That way the full function of the screw is maintained.
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Good idea.
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Whack em flush with a hammer.
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