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Old 08 August 2013, 10:26   #1
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Replacing Hatch?

Sorry, another mundane question!

I have a cracked anchor locker (I've previously asked where to locate one)

So thanks to advice from here I've now located one

But...I may need to "adjust" the hole

So...first off, how would one go about removing the hatch, and secondly what would be the best method of adjusting the hole (if needed) and fitting the new hatch?

Cheers!
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Old 08 August 2013, 12:22   #2
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Normally the hatch is screwed in around the edges so remove all the screws and it should pull out, it may also be sealed in with some sealant?

The best way to enlarge the hole is a jigsaw with a fine blade, but make sure you wear a decent dust mask like this:

Protective Equipment, Dust Masks & Respirators, Valved Respirator Masks, - CFS Fibreglass Supplies

Once you know it fits and you have drilled the new holes if required, run a bead of marine sealant round (not too much) and screw the hatch in place with decent stainless steel screws... If it's going into wood you will need to varnish the fresh edges from the cuts first.

Job done

But post a pic if you can of the old and new hatch just incase.
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Old 08 August 2013, 12:24   #3
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Normally the hatch is screwed in around the edges so remove all the screws and it should pull out, it may also be sealed in with some sealant?

The best way to enlarge the hole is a jigsaw with a fine blade, but make sure you wear a decent dust mask like this:

Protective Equipment, Dust Masks & Respirators, Valved Respirator Masks, - CFS Fibreglass Supplies

Once you know it fits and you have drilled the new holes if required, run a bead of marine sealant round (not too much) and screw the hatch in place with decent stainless steel screws... If it's going into wood you will need to varnish the fresh edges from the cuts first.

Job done

But post a pic if you can of the old and new hatch just incase.
Cool thank you, sounds easier than I thought it would be. (not sure what I was expecting)

I'll get the hatch ordered and get some sealant. I'm sure I'll have a friend somewhere with a jigsaw.

Will do some pics to show off my handywork!

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