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Date Posted: - Tuesday - 05/ 4/10 - 7:17pm
Author: Steve M-32 SEAN O'SEA
Subject: plug removal
In reply to: Terry 's message, "Grab Rails on Interior" on - Tuesday - 05/ 4/10 - 5:59pm

Generally speaking on boats (and true for my Mariner at least) is that the plugs are "glued" in with varnish. You don't want to pry them from the edges because you will dent the surrounding wood. The best way I've seen is to cut teh head off of a screw, chuck it in a drill or a brace and slowly run the screw through the center of the plug. That should pull it out or break it up and make the pieces easier to remove. You will have to make new plugs but that isn't too difficult with the right cutter.

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[> [> [> [> Plugs -- Terry Bradlow (Sea Voyager), - Tuesday - 05/ 4/10 - 11:11pm

Thanks Steve for the advice, I agree prying would not be a good thing for the wood. My wood is dark and I'll have to look hard finding the plugs.

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[> [> [> [> another option -- Randall, - Wednesday - 05/ 5/10 - 6:17pm

Another alternative is to rebore the **plug** hole with the next largest size and then cut plugs to that size (you can use the same size drill bit with a larger plug boring tool attached).

If you do find the current plugs and decide to remove them and replace with the same size plug (which I've done on Murre), and if you are really careful with the removal, the new plugs will fit OK. Under circumstances like this, I've sometimes glued up the new ones w/epoxy and a little thickener like calloidal cilica to fill in the gaps.

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[> [> [> [> [> Use an ice pick auger -- bruce, - Thursday - 05/ 6/10 - 2:01pm

The cut-off screw approach can work if there is enough "meat" on the plug left after the top was cut off flush. Often times there is not. Most of the time the plug will split in two or three pieces simply by poking an auger point into the center, and giving it a slight lever action -then the pieces can fairly easily be "dug" out without damaging the surrounding wood. Randall's suggestion of replacing with the next larger plug size is a good option, and often necessary - depending on the fastener size used to suck down the hand rail. Sometimes even after carefully removing all of the plugs, the fastener head will cause a bit of the surrounding wood to split off - if the fastener head is the same size as the bung.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> Bungs -- Mark, M31 ,Aeolus, - Thursday - 05/ 6/10 - 5:18pm

Bruce is right. Most bungs can be removed by prying from the center of the bung. I've had the best luck by using a very small standard screwdriver and a light hammer working w/the grain. The key is to only pry on the bung itself, removing the center then working the two sides. It's a slow process and then as Bruce says the screw itself must be removed carefully. Good Luck

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> Thanks -- Terry Bradlow (Sea Voyager), - Thursday - 05/ 6/10 - 8:51pm

Thanks Guys for all the advice its going to make things much easier for me, at least I hope...

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> It's Therapeutic -- Bruce, - Friday - 05/ 7/10 - 12:44pm

Once you get started, it becomes almost therapeutic. I recommend turning on some music while you work. Have fun :)

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