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Old 11-23-2014, 12:33 PM   #1
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Safari floor repair

I have to make a repair to a small section of floor in the rear curb corner of my Safari. The repair will be in the closet and behind/beneath the toilet. I have removed the rear lower skin beneath the back window and need to remove the lower skin in the closet. Trouble is, to remove this skin, I would have to remove the bathroom door/wall and closet wall as well as the upper skins, something I would like to avoid. As the repair is just in the closet, I am planning on cutting the inner skin about 8-10" above the floor inside the closet to give me access to the c-channel bolts. What would be the best way to make that cut? die grinder with cutoff wheel? Is there any reason why I wouldn't want to cut a piece out of the skin for access?
TIA - Lorry

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Old 11-23-2014, 01:20 PM   #2
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I've had good results using an oscillating tool to make cuts in aluminum, especially in hard to reach areas. Gives you a lot more control.

As for reasons not to do it, as long as you make a patch that will keep the critters from inhabiting your walls, I think there is no harm.

good luck!

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Old 11-23-2014, 03:46 PM   #3
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Using a series of holes made with a large hole saw might be an option.

If it gives you the access you need, it can look "clean" and professional.

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