Re: Patagonia Rock Grip Wading Boot-Aluminum Bar
Originally Posted by thewalker1013
Will they booger up a boat?
In a word: 'No.'
Actually 'retro-fitting' an existing set of felt bottom boots will take about 30'ish minutes. First hit a Lowe's/whom-ever and get a flat allie bar (they're usually about 1/4 to 3/8th's thick and a box of screws. Screw lenght is the thickness of the bar + 1/2 inch. Only other thing you may need is the small bottle of Gorilla Glue if you don't already have some in the garage (fabO-U lust product!)
Measure the bottom of your boot in three places (bar placement under the main part of the foot) and the heel (this should be the same for both boots).
Now cut a length of bar that's 1/4 short on both ends. Drill three or four holes in each of the four sections and counter sink so the screw head is 'flush' with the bar.
Now the glue! GG is water activated (it actually expands as it drys) and you're almost ready to put on the bars. Here's the choice: Do you want to drill tiny 'pilot holes' for the screws or not (far easier if you do, but takes a bit of practice with bar vs sheet metal screws.
Long way, but the best way ...... drill the pilot holes with the bar in place, put in the screws and then back them out. Well, leave one in on one end to help realign the bar. WET THE FELT!!!
apply a good drop of GG to the screw threads and back into the pilot holes. Tighten down and 'job done' for one hell of a long time.
Pilot holes: The drill bit used is the width of the center shaft of the screw NOT
the whole thing!
Why Allie bars/sheet metal screws work so well. Allie is a very soft metal so it will 'grab' on almost anything. As an example of this just run a drift boat up on a river rock and it can be a pain where you sit to get it off. Same thing is going on there as with the bottom of your boots.