Preview: Reusing Existing Screw Holes in the Frame When Replacing a Plank

When you’re installing new planks on an old boat, reusing existing screw holes in the frames, instead of blindly drilling new ones, avoids riddling old frames with new holes. Here’s a first-class video from Fishhawk Films where the ingenious Louis Sauzedde shows you how to perfectly hit those old holes, even though you can’t see them.

How to Use the Original Screw Holes
in Your Frames When Putting On a New Plank

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    Chip Evans says:

    It looks great, but if you are off just a little wouldn’t you risk enlarging the original hole?

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    Robert Hazard says:

    Halfway through I saw where he was going and I smiled and thought, “Why didn’t I ever think of that?”

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    Harry Hammond says:

    Yes! A very nifty trick to locate the screw hole in the frame and transfer it to the new plank after positioning. Seems like there is no end to Louis’ tips and tricks, garnered from his vast experience.

    Goes without saying that the old holes in the frames must be in good shape.(or restored to good holding ability).

    Thank you for this tip.

  • David Tew

    David Tew says:

    That’s a wonderful use of spiling techniques that never occurred to me!