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Old 28 September 2008, 02:30   #31
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....keep a spare screen in the garage.

Difficult to draw too many conclusions from one minor mishap. Need to do it again a few times and see if a pattern emerges! AC3K waterproof camera now on order.

The reason the screen gave out so easily is that it was under a lot of tension. The shape is basically a big U with a flat bottom fairly tight square corners. The material around the outermost washer was dished out slightly as a result of the tension. When fitting it I used a heat gun at first but it did not seem to be helping much so I used brute force and long screws to jack it in to place. Even after sitting like that for the best part of a year, now off the boat and on the garage floor the screen has returned to pretty much absolutely flat. This time once the screen is in place I will set up the heat gun and cook the corners at a controlled temperature and hopefully remove some of the stress.
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Old 28 September 2008, 05:15   #32
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....keep a spare screen in the garage.

Difficult to draw too many conclusions from one minor mishap. Need to do it again a few times and see if a pattern emerges! AC3K waterproof camera now on order.

The reason the screen gave out so easily is that it was under a lot of tension. The shape is basically a big U with a flat bottom fairly tight square corners. The material around the outermost washer was dished out slightly as a result of the tension. When fitting it I used a heat gun at first but it did not seem to be helping much so I used brute force and long screws to jack it in to place. Even after sitting like that for the best part of a year, now off the boat and on the garage floor the screen has returned to pretty much absolutely flat. This time once the screen is in place I will set up the heat gun and cook the corners at a controlled temperature and hopefully remove some of the stress.
Richard have you used self tappers or nuts and bolts to fix the screen?

Was any damage done to the console (ie. did it tear out any fixings)
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Old 28 September 2008, 17:03   #33
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Difficult to draw too many conclusions from one minor mishap. Need to do it again a few times and see if a pattern emerges!
Ok, so we can all make mistakes, but we normally try to learn from them. The way your initial message reads, it sounds like you had a lucky escape, (or at least that is my take), not like a "minor mishap", and you think you need to do it again! (Or are yu just trying to wind up Mollers??)
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i have manufactured and fittted many screens on various consoles, as a rule i use black number plate screws M6: Nylon these are available almost any car spares shop, and in the event of sumat nasty occuring these will snap of before causing any great harm to you or said console, more so the console will most likely survive,

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Nugent, had I not fitted one of these screens myself I would be inclined to agree with you. Unfortunately bending 5mm makrolon around a tight corner and then holding it in place requires some really substantial fixings.

I found the same as Richard and did not bother with a heat gun as I found it had little effect so I just manually bent the stuff round fixing it every 6-7 inches with 5mm bolts through some cup washers
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[QUOTE=Richard Selman;265267] ....keep a spare screen in the garage.

have you got one yet? one sitting in the garage, and its not a flat packed variety either

same as pic shown, self tapers fixingchanged to nylon a said I was still fitting her out and sizing up then.
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I found the same as Richard and did not bother with a heat gun as I found it had little effect so I just manually bent the stuff round fixing it every 6-7 inches with 5mm bolts through some cup washers
You usually can't get enough heat on the area to be bent with a hot air gun. I setup a halogen heat lamp as a ambient heat source then used the heat gun locally to assist with the bend without getting air bubbles.
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....keep a spare screen in the garage.

have you got one yet? one sitting in the garage, and its not a flat packed variety either

same as pic shown, self tapers fixingchanged to nylon a said I was still fitting her out and sizing up then.
There's not much contact area for the perspex to sit against the console.

Here's mine
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Nugent, had I not fitted one of these screens myself I would be inclined to agree with you. Unfortunately bending 5mm makrolon around a tight corner and then holding it in place requires some really substantial fixings.

I found the same as Richard and did not bother with a heat gun as I found it had little effect so I just manually bent the stuff round fixing it every 6-7 inches with 5mm bolts through some cup washers
hi chris, when i shape it makralon plexiglass etc it stays in shape, prior to fitting, it takes time to get plastic to right temp, then needs to cool prior to shaping, i have more templates than i wish to remember, its not easy to do if never tackled before for sure, discovery console does not help with such a small lip to fit to and the biggest mistake is to keep a staright edge on bends see my fiiting prior to bending then curve up on corners, it helps loads.

also note there is no screw fitted on radious yet, but its siting there snug
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