New Cabin Top Hand Rails for Andrea Lynn
Preparation - May 28, 2018
As shown here the existing hand rails were in
deteriorating condition and starting to break apart.
Shown here is where the handrail actually broke.
A screw was left protruding and creating a hazard.
The handrails were rotting at many of the attachment
points. Also they were fastened with wood screws that went only 1/2 inch
into the cabin. This is IMHO an inferior construction. But it made
removal relatively easy. But the screws were phillips head. Cleaning
out the phillips head to get a screw driver in was difficult. I decided
that I would use flat head screws for the new project.
I drilled out the screw holes with a 1/4" bit to clean up
any existing rot surrounding the screw holes.
I was mostly successful at avoiding drilling all
the way through but in a few cases I did. I put duct tape over the
Next I filled the holes with thickened epoxy.
After the epoxy cured I sanded and primed the top.
Here Andrea Lynn looks slightly weird without handrails. My intent was
to get to a blank slate free of constraints from the old hand rails.