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Old 06-02-2014, 11:08 AM   #1
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Awning rafter mount holes stripped out, Help!

Searched and couldn't find an answer.
The holes that are drilled thru the fiberglass side of my Dutch star pulled out. Its the lower support mounting bracket aboout 5 foot from the ground.
Any way, what's the best way to fix this with out relocating the holes? There are 2- 3/8" lag/wood screws about 1/2" long that screw into the fiberglass side and hold the bracket on.
It's caused water to get in and the wood is decayed on the floor. Aparently the previous owner didn't catch this issue and I missed it when I looked it over before I bought it this past Saturday.
Thanks in advance, Mike

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Old 06-02-2014, 11:46 AM   #2
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Can you get to the backside of the holes that exist? If so you can, see if there is material to screw a longer bolt into the holes and problem solved. Another way is to drill next size larger holes in the bracket and run larger screw into existing holes. I would however say that the inside frame holding the screws for the bracket may be rotted out also. It would be better if you could get to the back and see if you need to add support for the screws

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Old 06-02-2014, 04:24 PM   #3
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For a quick fix, fill the holes with soft wood (match sticks) then replace the screws.
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Old 06-02-2014, 04:38 PM   #4
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Getting behind is probably not an option...so that being the case tape off the area around the holes.....Inject and epoxy resin into the hole, fill flush, tape over, let dry...remove tape, pre drill, reinstall bolts....
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Old 06-03-2014, 07:31 AM   #5
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Well bad news. The inside wood has rotted out. Good news I can get in there and add another backer board to screw to. Bad news is floor is rotted out to. Good news is it's exactly where I need to fix the issue.
Dissapointed I missed this when I inspected the rig. I can fix this fortunatly the bad area is only about 1 foot wide and out from the wall about 6 inches. 1st I have to find the leak above and fix it.
Wish me luck. Thanks to all the replys.
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Old 06-03-2014, 07:48 AM   #6
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Finding a water leak sometimes can turn into a project . I hope you find it easily. Keep us posted.

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