Originally Posted by Blue Stocking
Why not make that slide-on clip doodad with st.steel flat stock.
I don't think I could fab a piece that would be thin enough to fit between the two overlapping fiberglass parts
, bend it tightly enough and round enough to provide enough spring to be a "clip", etc.
The one-size-up screws I got are actually holding for now, so this project
is dropped much lower in the stack. I don't expect them to last, however. The top of the pedestal
has a grab rail which gets constant use, so eventually those screws will stress the fiberglass
enough to loosen.
So far, I think the knurled rivet nut provides the best solution. With a bit of epoxy behind the crimp, it will be about as permanent as I will need. Several places (Grainger, McMaster-Carr)
provide kits that include a number of nuts of various sizes, an installation
tool, and a case. Once the need becomes great enough I'll probably get one of those. I'm sure I'll find uses for them elsewhere as well. Btw, they come in steel and aluminum, and in a limited fashion, in stainless steel as well.
Thanks all! Great discussion!