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Posted: 08/12/17 10:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would try a screw one size bigger first, 99% of the time that has worked for me


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Use a cheap plastic hollow wall anchor.

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Battling the same problem with my Bigfoot.
I used epoxy to set 2-3 tooth picks into each hole. The holes are in a stud, so I have something to grab into. I did upgrade to longer 1/4 x 2" SS lag bolts. The epoxy I used was 12 hr cure, so I'll finish tomorrow.

Tomorrow I will drill a pilot and reinstall the handle. There is another website/forum where this issue was addressed. I used suggestions from that site with some advisory from here.


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Posted: 08/12/17 09:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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If you are only dealing with fiberglass (no wood backer to grab) another option would be to install a small rivetnut through the hole. This would grab on both sides then you can use a machine screw into the rivet Nut (sized to match) to secure. This approach does require a rivet tool for the rivet Nut installation. For example: https://www.amazon.com/eBoot-Plated-Carbon-Insert-Nutsert/dp/B01NAHXLJM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1502663312&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=Rivet+Nut&psc=1
If you have access to the backside of the panel you can use a weld Nut instead of the rivet Nut eliminating the need for the rivet tool. https://www.mcmaster.com/#90860A100

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This stuff is great for fiberglass. It's an epoxy putty you knead together and jam in the hole - makes for a much better screw mount than the original fiberglass. In all truth, the bigger and more ragged the hole, the better this stuff works.

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-marine--marine-rx-epoxy-repair-kit-2-oz--13967443?recordNum=11

NL uses UHMW polyurethane behind the fiberglass for any kind of load bearing screw. You can get 2x2x 1/2 blocks of it at a good industrial hardware store. Screws will not strip that kind of thing out.

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This stuff is great for fiberglass. It's an epoxy putty you knead together and jam in the hole - makes for a much better screw mount than the original fiberglass. In all truth, the bigger and more ragged the hole, the better this stuff works.

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-marine--marine-rx-epoxy-repair-kit-2-oz--13967443?recordNum=11

NL uses UHMW polyurethane behind the fiberglass for any kind of load bearing screw. You can get 2x2x 1/2 blocks of it at a good industrial hardware store. Screws will not strip that kind of thing out.


I'm the guy that first told Northern Lite about how to do that to hold their lower awning hardware and fix stripped screws and leaks. I removed the tailites and was able to get it up in there with my arm. Other areas of striped screws I removed the door frame to batteries or compartment, water fill door, whatever, exposing the fiberglass cut out edge and shoving a half inch thick piece between the shell and bead board with a knife edge or bevel cut on the uhmw so it allows you to force it into the bead board and hold it in there. I had many leaks with a new camper and fixed them all by holding firm like supposed to be.

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As mentioned, if you can get to the backside that would be best, but that is usually not possible. There are many ways to deal with this depending on the situation but I have always had the best luck with the following. Remove the fastener and roughen the hole. This may involve taking a drill bit and going through the fastener hole and drilling off in 2-3 directions a short distance, always being aware of where you are headed. Thoroughly dry the hole. Tape off around the hole. I use an epoxy with a high strength filler. I personally prefer west system but there are many other brands available. West system has a small repair kit for such things(or at least they use to). You will need to purchase either denatured alcohol or acetone for clean up. Fill a small plastic syringe with mix of epoxy and filler. These plastic syringes can be purchased at west marine or similar store. Check it out online. Lubricate the appropriate fastener with wd-40 or similar. Squeeze the epoxy mix into the hole and screw the fastener, without the handle, about the right distance into the hole. Remove tape and clean up immediately. Let cure for 24 hours. Remove the fastener add a little bit of chalk, just because, and reattach handle.

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I'll remember the glued in golf tee trick.


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