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Old 12-04-2021, 12:33 PM   #1
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Simple suggestion on a Maintenance routine I do...

I wanted to share something I've gotten in a habit of doing when we arrive to our destinations. I have a high quality screw driver that I keep in a handy place inside the Airstream. I go around and confirm that all the screws in the cabinets along with a few others are nice and tight. I have been amazed at how many times some ransom screw has started loosening and if I didn't do this by habit something would have possible been damaged. This only takes me a few minutes, but I think it is worth doing to prevent problems going down the road in the future.
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Old 12-04-2021, 12:40 PM   #2
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Same, only not every trip.
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Old 12-04-2021, 01:17 PM   #3
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Welcome Aboard...👍

I'm not a fan of constant re-tightening.

I removed the questionable (wood) screws, coated the threads with 3m 4200. Haven't had a loosey-goosey problem yet.

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Old 12-04-2021, 02:23 PM   #4
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I'm not a fan of constant re-tightening.

I removed the questionable (wood) screws, coated the threads with 3m 4200. Haven't had a loosey-goosey problem yet.

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How do you keep the 4200 once opened? I thought it had a very short shelf life once opened? PS I use toothpicks and wood glue.
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Old 12-04-2021, 02:36 PM   #5
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How do you keep the 4200 once opened? I thought it had a very short shelf life once opened? PS I use toothpicks and wood glue.
I have used the TP repair myself, but use 4200 instead of wood glue. You can remove it if needed and there's less chance of damage.

I don't buy the large cartridges unless I have a big job. The 3oz tubes I keep in the AS tool kit.
I remove the tapered applicator after using, put a long screw into the large end, let it harden.
It will usually just pull out for re-use. Roll up the tube like tooth paste and put a small paper clamp on it.👍

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Old 12-04-2021, 04:29 PM   #6
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How do you keep the 4200 once opened? I thought it had a very short shelf life once opened? PS I use toothpicks and wood glue.
After plugging as Bob recommends, putting it in the freezer extends the tube life. Of course, instant availability is no longer an option.
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Note that I don't over tighten the screws as this can lead to problems. I simply snug them up if that makes any sense. On some I have had to do a complete turn or two to accomplish the goal. This tells me that it could have led to problems on down the road.
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In hardwood or non-wood instances, I frequently insert a small zip tie, snip it off and replace the screw. The zip-tie method seems to compress nicely, plus it's removable if necessary.
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The loose screw acts as your Canary. If you affix the screw so it can’t come out you may very well simply be transferring the ‘shear point’, if you will, into a different area with a possible greater problem as a consequence.

I would try and follow up to find the stress that has caused the screw to loosen. Is the bracket not straight; is the shelf misaligned; is the cabinet not properly attached to the wall? There can be a myriad of reasons and I wouldn’t epoxy or 5200 a fastener in place until I knew why it had come loose and corrected that problem first.
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I keep a tube of wood glue in a ziplock bag that I use on those loose screws.
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The loose screw acts as your Canary. If you affix the screw so it can’t come out you may very well simply be transferring the ‘shear point’, if you will, into a different area with a possible greater problem as a consequence.

I would try and follow up to find the stress that has caused the screw to loosen. Is the bracket not straight; is the shelf misaligned; is the cabinet not properly attached to the wall? There can be a myriad of reasons and I wouldn’t epoxy or 5200 a fastener in place until I knew why it had come loose and corrected that problem first.
In most cases the screws I have found were driven in with a screw gun and stripped the hole out.
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