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CantRepeat
05-15-2013, 07:00 AM
What is everyone using to attach new carpet to your trailer bunks?

I can't see paying an arm and a leg for an industrial size staple gun for a one time fix. I've got a smaller pneumatic stapler but I think it's too small for doing bunks. I've seen people use galvanized roofing nails before but that seems a little too cheesy.

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my stapler has a max crown size of 1/2, seems too small to me.

gotjag941
05-15-2013, 07:34 AM
Size isn't an issue when re-carpeting bunks just make sure to use either aluminum/stainless staples

CantRepeat
05-15-2013, 07:35 AM
Well, after some reading it seems monel 1/2in crown staples and and T-50 manual staple gun is the preferred method.

CantRepeat
05-15-2013, 07:43 AM
Size isn't an issue when re-carpeting bunks just make sure to use either aluminum/stainless staples

That's what she said. :D


But, sure it is. Using a smaller staple would surely pull through the carpet easier then a larger fatter shank and crown staple would.

bstewart0529
05-15-2013, 09:01 AM
this is just a thought; i just did mine and we made sure to wrap the carpet around and cut a small slit in the carpet then bolted the skid to the trailer so when you tightened the skid down the carpet was not going to come loose at any point. then you could simply staple the ends and any loose edges you might have. these aren't the best but they may help some.

bsloop
05-15-2013, 09:32 AM
Bought this 18ga pneumatic from HF for $20 - http://www.harborfreight.com/18-gauge-2-in-1-nailerstapler-68019.html

Used 1/4" crown x 7/8" galvanized staples. 1" apart

I used unitized backing carpet left over from my pontoon referb. Due to me not skimping on the deck carpet quality, it is twice as thick as standard bunk carpet. Went on with no problems but the heavier carpet was more difficult to wrap, hold and staple.

Close up is of the carpet but also my 3 yr old "helping" and all the screws I retrieved from the tube :rolleyes:

CantRepeat
05-15-2013, 09:55 AM
I have a pneumatic stapler capable of using 1/2 crown staples so that will be the minimum I will use as far as the staple width goes. The leg shanks will probably 1/2 as well.

http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/product.do?process=checkout&part=7674

I probably wont have access to an air compress where I'm going to be working the trailer so probably going need to buy a new T-50 hand stapler.

I was just under the impression that trailer manufactures used something like a 1 or 1 inch crowns.

sand2snow22
05-15-2013, 09:58 AM
I use an air compressor and a staple gun. Have to do some today.

thatsmrmastercraft
05-15-2013, 10:04 AM
I use an air compressor and a staple gun. Have to do some today.

What size staples are you using Sand?

east tx skier
05-15-2013, 10:32 AM
I used a manual staple gun with the longest stainless staples it would hold. Push hard and don't be stingy with the staples. Lay one layer of carpet over the top of the bunks, then wrap and staple over that for added protection. Do not use glue.

FlyHighorDie
05-15-2013, 10:58 AM
I want bstewart0529 to give a how to remove boat from trailer in garage!!
I also am in the process of replacing.
I was told to use #M Yellow Super Trim Adhesive to get the carpet to stick nice and good.

CantRepeat
05-15-2013, 11:02 AM
I want bstewart0529 to give a how to remove boat from trailer in garage!!
I also am in the process of replacing.
I was told to use #M Yellow Super Trim Adhesive to get the carpet to stick nice and good.

So far, everything I've read said NOT to use any glues/adhesives on the back of the carpet.

Nordicron
05-15-2013, 11:24 AM
I just did mine this year. Boat new untreated 2x6's and a $30 electric stapler with stainless staples. I used a router to round over all the edges and stapled the heck out of the new carpet. No glue needed. Took boat and new boards to launch and replaced them all in less than 30mins. I bought new stainless lag bolts but coulda prob just used the old ones. Now I have spare bunk boards to do it all again in a few years.

CantRepeat
05-15-2013, 12:12 PM
I just did mine this year. Boat new untreated 2x6's and a $30 electric stapler with stainless staples. I used a router to round over all the edges and stapled the heck out of the new carpet. No glue needed. Took boat and new boards to launch and replaced them all in less than 30mins. I bought new stainless lag bolts but coulda prob just used the old ones. Now I have spare bunk boards to do it all again in a few years.

You used untreated wood? I always thought that if the wood was going to cycle dry wet dry like with trailers you should always use treated wood.

Nordicron
05-15-2013, 12:17 PM
Yes I used untreated. I don't expect the boards to last forever. Many threads on various forums on whether treated or untreated with plus an minus of each. The sock boards I took off appear to be treated but I'm not sure as I haven't peeled the old carpet off yet.

bstewart0529
05-15-2013, 01:10 PM
For flighhighordie getting the boat off the trailer in the garage was quite the task. the biggest thing was making sure we had enough clearance to walk around the boat and to get the door to close. But once the back of the boat was sitting on the 6x6's then the rest was pretty easy. then it was just jack up the front and move the trailer 6 inches at a time. However for he skid question I too stapled mine however the staple were only to make sure the ends weren't flopping around. I also cut 45 degree angles on the back ends to make sure it didn't or couldn't make any marks on the bottom of the boat during the loading process.

MI_Corey
05-23-2013, 09:24 AM
I need to do this but ^ scares the hell out of me lol.

homer12
05-23-2013, 01:10 PM
I used a manual staple gun and stainless staples - lots of them. How many double up on carpet?

CantRepeat
05-23-2013, 01:19 PM
I used a manual staple gun and stainless staples - lots of them. How many double up on carpet?


I'll probably leave the old stuff on or put to layers of new.

I also order those monel staples.

bsloop
05-24-2013, 11:42 AM
I'll probably leave the old stuff on or put to layers of new.

I also order those monel staples.

Don't simply carpet over the old. Surface irregularities will wear the new carpet much faster.

Two layers of new is ok or get heavier nonbacked carpet from a carpet store. We had extra 32oz from the 12' wide roll used for the pontoon floor that worked great on the bunks.

psychobilly
05-25-2013, 07:34 PM
UBB dot com is the only way to go. No more "re-carpeting" install UBBs and you're done... I have had them on my trailer for two seasons now and no damage to gel coat. I'm a believer. Lol

CAUTION if you do install UBBs, DO NOT DISCONNECT BOW HOOK UNTILL IN WATER or you will launch on ramp! Lol you will surely be it he boat ramp thread.


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mikeg205
05-26-2013, 02:47 PM
That's what she said. :D


But, sure it is. Using a smaller staple would surely pull through the carpet easier then a larger fatter shank and crown staple would.

Like... ;)

Lumbergh
05-26-2013, 02:52 PM
This is a project I may tackle this summer with the trailer empty.

Where is the recommended source for bunk carpet? Like to do mine in black.

JRW160
05-26-2013, 04:07 PM
I got my carpet from Lowes. It's black and seems to be good quality

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medicmoose
05-26-2013, 05:25 PM
UBB dot com is the only way to go. No more "re-carpeting" install UBBs and you're done... I have had them on my trailer for two seasons now and no damage to gel coat. I'm a believer. Lol

CAUTION if you do install UBBs, DO NOT DISCONNECT BOW HOOK UNTILL IN WATER or you will launch on ramp! Lol you will surely be it he boat ramp thread.

Yup, definitely the way to go....but heed this warning!! I had a jet ski slide off onto my garage floor when I forgot to insert the bow pin :mad:

sp00ky
06-30-2014, 08:48 PM
This is a project I may tackle this summer with the trailer empty.

Where is the recommended source for bunk carpet? Like to do mine in black.

I got decent carpet for $25 at lowes I couldn't find black though had to use grey. I would HIGHLY recommend using a pneumatic stapler and impact wrench. I took off first bunk without one..took an hour (chisel around carriage bolts) 2nd one took 10 minutes with impact wrench :shocked:

I had the benefit of a good compressor in the garage of my lake house (boat at dock). Anyone in Lake lanier area needs to do this PM me and I would be glad to provide facilities and guidance. Hell I'll even lend you my tools.

I will post final pics

sp00ky
06-30-2014, 08:51 PM
Also if using old bunks as template I would only drill one of the 2 holes at each mount. I couldn't seem to get both perfect but I always got one of them lined up right.

I just used carriage bolts but may have used the torque washers if I had to do it over again