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Aluminum continuous hinges for hatches. 1/2 the price as the brass plated steel (which will start rusting) from Lowes/Home Depot etc. 1/2 price more than covers shipping, especially on the 3 ft. lengths. Excellent service from these guys as well.

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/mepages/pianohinge.php

they have a bunch at https://donsmarinesalvageyard.com/
 

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Hopefully this will help some of you guys with cutting aluminum up to 1/4 inch.

I installed aluminum patio covers and carports once upon a time and I used a plywood circular blade from HomeDepot on our table saw and skill saw. It was lubricated with a waxy lubricant that came in a cardboard tube like a grease gun cartridge. We got the lubricant from the Skill service center but any hard ware or lumber yard store should carry the lubricant. It is a bees wax and paraffin base and commonly used when cutting wood. Straight paraffin will work also and is available from most grocery stores.

Before you make the cut in the aluminum you carefully run the lubricant into the teeth of the running blade. Refresh every 30 to 40 inches or as needed.

Here is a link where you can find it:
https://www.nolansupply.com/bysubcategory.asp?category=Fluids+and+Lubes&supercategory=Castrol+Stick+Wax+Lubricant&subcategory=Castrol+Stick+Wax+-+Metal+Working+Lubricant&type=False&specs=False
 

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HERES A GREAT PLACE TO GET YOU 5052 MARINE GRADE ALUMINUM AND OTHER METALS FOR YOUR BUILD UP.


https://www.metalsdepot.com/products/alum2.phtml?page=plate&LimAcc=
 

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@Arial

I used a very similar product for my decks. Aluminum decking is much lighter and a lot stronger than plywood. It has good slip resistance (but is a little hard on bare knees). I thought the cost was reasonable, and it finished out well. I also liked that I could apply camo paint to my decks, as well.

Www.wahoodecks.com
 

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BassBoatSeats.com for carpet & seats. From the website: DeckMate® bass boat seats have a lifetime warranty on all framework, and a 3 year warranty on boat seat vinyl. DeckMate's marine grade bass boat carpet is covered by a 3 year warranty, this includes fading and deterioration.
 

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[url=https://forum.tinboats.net/viewtopic.php?p=144008#p144008 said:
MrHitman007 » 08 Jun 2010, 15:34[/url]"]Amazing carpet for the price... purchased the 6' x 20' and wish I got the 8'6" x 25' for my 14.5' build. Goes quick with all of the cuts and what not.

https://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=650798

I believe I just bought the exact same brand carpet at menards, I got 6'x25' for about 60 bucks. It's on sale right now.
 

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decking. best thing i found is called alumalite. theres a local sign company that uses it for signs. its aluminum with plastic in the middle. about a quarter inch thick and super strong. with good bracing it doesnt give a bit and its light. when the sign company replaces the signs they sell the old ones. may have some reality add or something on it but its covered with carpet. best thing is cost 14 bucks for a 4x8 sheet. if your around north alabama , the company i get mine from is shepard sign in madison.
 

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https://www.pwcmuscle.com where I bought my hydroturf they have 47x86 sheets best prices I could find after searching awhile.
 

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I've been buying a lot of fasteners from these guys last couple of years. Great selection of Stainless
Steel, great quality, any quantity you want & the best prices I've come across yet.
Fast shipping & it's usually free if you spend $25+

Give them a try, you won't be disappointed. If you place an order, enter "discount15" in the promo box when you checkout for 10% off.

https://www.albanycountyfasteners.com
 

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HOUSE said:
Ranchero50 tipped me off to these cool LED lights for interior lighting:
https://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160497086578&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT


has anyone used those ? quality ? amount of light they put out ? I want to order like 20 of them but dont want to waste my money.
I got a pack of 8 of the blue led ones for $10, I've installed 3 so far and they work great. They are wires at both ends so you can chain them for longer stretches. The only thing I'm worries about is if the adhesive on the back will hold up over time. But the light output is extremely useful.

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Sorry I don't have a link to post but I just want to say thanks to everyone here. Some links put me in touch with suppliers minutes from my door.
 

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www.Fastenere.com- https://www.fastenere.com/
FREE SHIPPING no minimum- https://www.fastenere.com/

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Metal Supermarkets
800 Atlanta South Parkway
Suite 150
Atlanta, Georgia 30349

( Forest Park area) other stores North Atlanta

Phone: (470) 615- 9580
14 pieces @ 96" each of angle aluminium 1 1/2 X 1 1/2 X X 1/8 ($16.95 per 96 inches (8 feet)
Ordered late evening and ready next morning
 

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Any idea where I can purchase a port side console? I want to install one on my Alumacraft to give the wife some protection from the wind on those cold mornings runnin' across the lake.
 

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Has anybody found a decent price on rivets? I checked into mcmaster Carr but they were a bit high. Looking for 1 inch long 316 shank wide head and also in narrow head.
Haha about 250 count on each

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450clown said:
Has anybody found a decent price on rivets? I checked into mcmaster Carr but they were a bit high. Looking for 1 inch long 316 shank wide head and also in narrow head.
Haha about 250 count on each

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I ordered my closed end rivets through Grainger- very affordable for the type and count you are looking to get.

I also ordered my aluminum hinges through Grainger.com
 

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I noticed Fastenal was listed for stainless. They have some that's for sure, but since they went no cash allowed and accounts only I haven't been in there. I do check their website for things from time to time, but anything i need right now is never in my local store. I found atleast over the counter Copper State Bolt has a better selection of stainless, lower price, will take walk-in cash customers (maybe not during covid), and will sell smaller quantities. They are not nation wide to my knowledge. Just a western states chain , but they are expanding. Their prices are good enough on the small stuff I usually just buy 100ct box even if I just need a hand full. https://www.copperstate.com/

McMaster was already mentioned, but they are a great source for stainless as well. Huge inventory and selection. Better selection even than Copper State. They tend to be a little more than Copperstate, but always less (when I check) than Fastenal. McMaster has a reputation for being expensive in the industry, but when I actually check on many things they are quite competitive, and they ship very fast.

MSC is am industrial supplier who also has some stainless. Sadly they are geared towards commercial customers. Their catalog price and web price is usually on the high side for everything. I didn't do business with them for years because of it. When they bought Enco and proudly announced I was now one of their customers I wasn't to happy. I told them so. That I would not buy from them at catalog prices or their published web prices. They told me to logon and check my business prices since my Enco business account was now in their system. They are pretty competitive, but unless you setup an account and logon to their website you will never see those prices. They do run discounts and shipping code specials almost everyday, but my business price is usually lower. Don't know how that would reflect with a new customer.

I get most of my rivets from Bolt Depot or McMaster. Stainless or aluminum.
 

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Aluminum sheet: I think often people buy aluminum sheets from their local metal vendor at local metal vendor prices (fairly high usually) due to its size and trucking costs. It might be worth checking to see if there is a bigger aluminum vendor that does deliveries in your city or town. They might not be willing to stop a truck at your house, but if you have a farm/shop/store or friend with same. you might be able to have it delivered for less than some local vendors.

I found this in Coast Aluminum. They have a distribution center about 180 miles away from my shop, but they come through my town twice a month with their own truck. They charge $10 surcharge and $50 truck stop charge, but they deliver to my driveway and their price if I am buying more than a few pieces is A LOT cheaper than either of the local vendors I buy fill in stock from. I have a tractor with bucket forks so I can unload. I don't know if they would facilitate somebody who has to hand unload or not. I have told my friends who are small manufacturers or fabricators they can tack their orders on with mine and split the truck charge if they can wait until my next order.

Now I do buy little bit of aluminum flat bar for my business (sometimes enough they waive the truck charge) so I am sure that reflects in my pricing, but I could resell (if I wanted that headache) for less than either of my local vendors even after the delivery charge. They even beat most of my remote vendors and with them all charging regular truck freight if I can wait until the next regular truck it makes Coast a slam dunk. The big negative for me is I can't just price check and place an order online. I have to put together a list of stock, and do a quote request every time.

I'm not saying you should check Coast per say, but that for more than a couple pieces a vendor like them might be worth checking. (Not Alro, they don't get decent until you are ordering tons of material.) Maybe if you have a friend who owns or manages a fabrication or welding shop ask them if they have aluminum delivered from somebody like Coast or if they just buy it from a local vendor. If they have it delivered ask them if you can tack your order on with theirs. Of course you will have to wait until they are placing an order, so don't walk in and tell them you want it tomorrow if you are asking them to help you out.

Also, not all local vendors are the same. I just have two here and they don't feel any need to be competitive. In another market your local vendor might have decent prices. If you want to compare pricing an online resource you can use to check is Midwest Steel & Supply. They have on-line publicly available pricing and they are competitive. If your local vendor is only a little more expensive and you just need one sheet then your local vendor is probably pretty decently priced on that product. Just buy it from them.
 

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