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Old 07-08-2017, 13:32   #1
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Grill mount

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My Grill is mounted to the rail with a Magna clamp style mount, it is no longer a current design so I cannot locate a picture. It is chrome clamshell type, two Philips screws providing the tension.

I just need to have the mount provide a better grip on the rail, it will rotate under pressure, such as a grill full of food and the top open. What is best to use? A wrap of butyl tape perhaps?

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Re: Grill mount

Are the two halves of the clamp touching each other, or is there still daylight between them?

My Magma grill has a "lever" that's actually the "nut" on a stud on one half of that clamshell clamp. So it's easy to get it tight enough. Perhaps with Phillips screwdriver, getting it tight could be a problem.

Perhaps you can change the fasteners to get a better grip.

Maybe it's also possible to move the clamp to a vertical tube of your pushpit so that weight won't be able to rotate it.

I think butyl tape might tend to "flow" and not give you a solid lock-up.

I don't have a lot of confidence in our grill. With everything hanging off the back rail, a lost dinner, grill, propane cylinder, etc are just one failure away....
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Are the two halves of the clamp touching each other, or is there still daylight between them?

My Magma grill has a "lever" that's actually the "nut" on a stud on one half of that clamshell clamp. So it's easy to get it tight enough. Perhaps with Phillips screwdriver, getting it tight could be a problem.

Perhaps you can change the fasteners to get a better grip.

Maybe it's also possible to move the clamp to a vertical tube of your pushpit so that weight won't be able to rotate it.

I think butyl tape might tend to "flow" and not give you a solid lock-up.

I don't have a lot of confidence in our grill. With everything hanging off the back rail, a lost dinner, grill, propane cylinder, etc are just one failure away....
The mount I have does not have the lever, I suppose it is an older style. Just two Philips screws clamp it. I do not see any light between the clamps, so I think I need something in-between the clamp and the rail to provide some additional tension and grip. Right now its smooth metal to smooth metal. I have those screws down for all I am worth, nothing more there although I was going to replace with torx or allen head to get more out of it.
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Re: Grill mount

You might be able to use some shim stock. I'd suggest brass (dunno if they make bronze shim stock.)

If the two halves of the clamp are touching, perhaps you can file off some of each "leg" of one clamp. That would allow the two halves to squeeze tighter on the rail.

Us it possible to move the clamp to a vertical stanchion or rail support? I guess it depends in they are the same diameter.
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This is just one of the reasons I save bicycle inner tubes that have been punctured. Just cut a piece the length of one rap without overlap of your stanchion and clamp over it
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Re: Grill mount

A piece of bicycle inner tube, or if that's too thick, a few wraps of electrical tape. Friction tape would probably work too.
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Re: Grill mount

This took me years to learn.

Athletic tape. Unlike the other suggestions, it is intended to increases grip. That is its purpose. Handy for many purposes. The adhesive does not slide over time like friction tape or electrical tape.

You should have a roll in the first aid kit anyway, though remember that this is distinct from bandage tape.

It does not weather well if used as rigging tape, for example, but clamped between two surfaces it lasts for a decade. I have used it for grip on tiller extensions--doesn't last, but works if you need something for a one-design dinghy race, right now.

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