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Old 05-08-2009, 03:28 PM   #1
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I have a utility trailer thats 5ft X 10ft . The wood floor , which are 2X8 pieces of wood have rotted and I want to replace them .
I see that I can cut the welds on a piece of steel that holds the wood in there , but is there another way ?
My brother read that some people cut out the wood and then take new wood and then slide them in at an angle until the last 2 , then they use a floor jack and bend the last 2 in . That seems kinda crazy .
I am trying to get past cutting the weld , but I may have to do that , I thought about cutting the weld of the beam of steal , removing the wood , then sliding in good wood and the instead of re-welding the steal beam , we would use bolts drilled though them to hold it in place .
Any ideas ? Thanks in advance .
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I cut the steel last time I ran into that. Was not much of a prob since I had the welding and cutting machinery right there.
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cut the L as a notch that is big enough to pull the boards out 1x1 and then put them back in the same way. bolt the last board and youre done....


at least i think that would work??? and your only cutting about 8 inches of steel...
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My Father gave me one a couple of years ago that was rotted out as well. I cut the bracket welds w\my cutoff wheel and fit new boards. Since I don't have welding skills I drilled 3/8in holes and used bolts to hold the bracket in place. It's worked great so far and the next time I replace the boards I only have to unbolt that bracket.
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Remember that the boards need to float... they shrink and expand with the moisture... I'm always amazed at the amount of gaps, and concerned in winter with how tight the boards get when rain swollen. If you cut off the metal so you can replace the boards, make sure you bolt down the metal parts only if you're gonna go 'bolt-on'-don't bolt the boards down. I had a friend help me cut a section out, we replaced all the boards, then he welded the section back in. I used treated lumber, but the boards that came with the trailer were 10+ years old, so even if I had to pay a welder to do this, well worth it for me.
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Remember that the boards need to float... they shrink and expand with the moisture... I'm always amazed at the amount of gaps, and concerned in winter with how tight the boards get when rain swollen. If you cut off the metal so you can replace the boards, make sure you bolt down the metal parts only if you're gonna go 'bolt-on'-don't bolt the boards down. I had a friend help me cut a section out, we replaced all the boards, then he welded the section back in. I used treated lumber, but the boards that came with the trailer were 10+ years old, so even if I had to pay a welder to do this, well worth it for me.
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Im not sure how many local members you have near you in TN but its usually not hard to find someone with some welding skills that can help ya out.
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My Father gave me one a couple of years ago that was rotted out as well. I cut the bracket welds w\my cutoff wheel and fit new boards. Since I don't have welding skills I drilled 3/8in holes and used bolts to hold the bracket in place. It's worked great so far and the next time I replace the boards I only have to unbolt that bracket.
I think thats my way to go . Thanks soo much Kaneman .
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