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    While doing the flooring I might as well replace the flooring. Has anyone switched out their wood floor for a diamond plate flooring? I am curious what gage you went with. I have a 26 Hewes and would do the cabin also with the diamond plate. Want to hear if was worth it or not.
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    Gary Keller
    Anchorage, AK

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    Can be noisy, thickness depends on how far apart the supports are, .125" typically OK.
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      just finished doing my boat with 1/8" I backed it with 1/4" rubber glued on with 3M industrial strength trim adhesive. cost 3 sheets 1/8th" diamond plate @ approximately 225.00 per sheet, 375.00 for 3' wide
      1/4" rubber, 70.00 for glue. not the cheapest, but the last time I will have to do it and with the rubber backing it is super quiet

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bigiron View Post
        just finished doing my boat with 1/8" I backed it with 1/4" rubber glued on with 3M industrial strength trim adhesive. cost 3 sheets 1/8th" diamond plate @ approximately 225.00 per sheet, 375.00 for 3' wide<br/>1/4" rubber, 70.00 for glue. not the cheapest, but the last time I will have to do it and with the rubber backing it is super quiet<br/><br/>
        <br/><br/>Thanks. Thing Iím thinking now is will it sit lower then the wood flooring? If so, that will make a tripping hazard walking into the cabin. Would need to figure how to raise it. <br/><br/><br/>Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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        Gary Keller
        Anchorage, AK

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Alaska Gray View Post
          While doing the flooring I might as well replace the flooring. Has anyone switched out their wood floor for a diamond plate flooring? I am curious what gage you went with. I have a 26 Hewes and would do the cabin also with the diamond plate. Want to hear if was worth it or not.
          I used 3/16" diamond plate screwed down on top of camper tape. I got my plate from Alaska Steel, but you can find it at Greer Tank too. I used a bead of Sikaflex caulk around the edges & joints to try & keep out the gurry, rain & spray, etc that usually gets past the floor boards. I only did the exposed deck since the cabin floor was in pretty good shape.If you are worried about a tripping hazard into the cabin, you can use an anti-fatigue mat on ether side of the door. One of those 48" square mats with holes in them works pretty good & makes up most of the elevation change.
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          • #6
            I have done 3 boats and I find that 3/16 is a good thinkness. 1/8 seemed to flex more than I wanted and 1/4 costed more than what the benefit was. If you removed your foam it will be louder but not a much.

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            • #7
              I wouldnt use rubber against aluminum in a wet environment. The rubber traps moisture against the aluminum and will turn it to swiss cheese over time.

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