Just got a used 2013 SS surfboard with one set screw thread stripped, my first repair attempt using the most common "fill the hole with epoxy and re-thread"-method came out so-so... It will hold for the next couple of fin install/removals, but I surely can do better.
Which brings the main question of my topic - is there a better method of making a solid and long-lasting repair? I do remove fins between sessions - and since the whole FCS interface doesn't look like it was made to last (shame on you SS for switching from mini-tuttles) - I foresee a lot more repairs...(((
With that said I was thinking about 3 other possible solutions:
1)Stainless steel thread inserts
2)Stainless steel helicoil inserts
3)Go radical by replacing all fin-boxes with FCS-II
Only thing that worries me about #1 is that most thread inserts require re-drilling the hole to .375" - which i s lot over the original 9/64" and there isn't that much "meat" to begin with. I've seen some inserts that only require .281" hole, but I have yet to find these in stainless. Has anybody tried that solution already? Inserts of which length are required?
Thanks in advance for any constructive input guys!
Maybe not the best solution for you:
Take a thin tiewrap( nylon strap to put cabling etc together) put the tip of in in it and srew in the screw.cut off the rest sticking out..it will hold, as long as you do not take it out, and that is where it is not interesting for you.