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Homey the Clown
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Cost For Patching 2 Small Screw Holes
Buddy of mine is repairing an old aluminum jon boat he got from his dad. It has two small screw holes he wants repaired by a welder. They are sealed with silicon right now that is working fine, but he wants it fixed properly. How much you think that would cost? Also, recommendations in the Lake Charles - Lafayette area? Someone recommended Southside Welding in the LC area. Advice?


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Homey the Clown
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We don't own welding equipment...


JamalSanders
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re: Cost For Patching 2 Small Screw Holes
That is so small it almost isn't worth someone's time to get the equipment out. So you may get lucky and find someone to do it for free or you can offer someone $100.


bbvdd
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JB weld


Homey the Clown
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In other words theyll do it cheap? Lol


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re: Cost For Patching 2 Small Screw Holes
Probably bill you for a half hour to hour of labor, I'd say $75-125.

Are you wanting a patch or just a plug and grind flat?


JamalSanders
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Jb weld would be what I would use.


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keakar
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if its just two small screw holes then get two small screw bolts and lock nuts and tighten them in the holes after putting a little silicone on it.

a welder wont bother with it for less then $50 and thin aluminum may burn through causing an even bigger hole. thin aluminum isnt easy to weld

hell get creative with it and put two small eye bolts there for tying stuff down with or for anchor rope
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Homey the Clown
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I was thinking a patch. Its either 1/8" or 3/16" aluminum. Can you patch that or would a weld "plug" fix it? Which ever holds up and is smooth on the outside. I was figuring 2 hrs of labor to make it worth their while, with prepping, welding, and buffing.
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Homey the Clown
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re: Cost For Patching 2 Small Screw Holes
Its in an area that will take on water if it fails, which is why he wants it repaired by a welder. Hes gonna repaint the entire hull once its done.


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Patch will take a bit longer, but be easier to do. Still if small holes, that's only about 6-10" of welds. Shouldn't need to buff if they can actually tig weld. If you have the patches ready to go, even faster. Patch on one side and plug weld on the other. Probably about an hour or so of labor, if cleaned up and ready to go, with patch ready


Homey the Clown
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What if he shows up with a hull with two screw holes in it?


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Welding guy on hwy 90 is good. Does all kind of jobs.

Hawes and son I think is the name. Hwy 90 near CED electrical supply area on south side of hwy 90. Call em up and ask


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quote:

We don't own welding equipment...

Read the description


Homey the Clown
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That does sound like a good solution for someone whos knows what they are doing. But hes looking for a pefessional welder to handle the job. Thanks for the recommendation, though.


LSUEnvy
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Southside on Gulf Hwy does good work and they work on plenty of boats.


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LEASTBAY
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Pop rivet with silicon


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I was thinking a rivet gun was the answer
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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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Put some 3M 5200 on it and let it ride.

As a general rule of thumb you should be using 5200 for all of your adhesive and sealing jobs on boats. It's one of the very few products out there approved for constant UV exposure and constant use below the water line. High end boat builders have been relying on it for decades. It's incredible stuff.


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