Ok, my SR Smith Flyte Deck base cracked in the back. It appears that it was due to the original installer not installing fender washers. As a result the nuts/lockwashers on the board finally came through the stand.
While soaking the stand nuts with penetrating fluid (very very rusted) and periodically hitting them with an impact wrench one of the frame bolts separated at the surface of the pool deck.
The cheapest and easiest method seems to be to buy the SR Smith epoxy anchor kit. and get a whole new base to bolt my old board to. But I'm not sure how much longer a 20 year old board can be expected to last.
I would love to get some advise on best method for installation and selection of base/board, based on the following:
- The board is about 20 years old
- It is an 8 ft board (should I go 6' if I'm going to epoxy the anchors?)
- Pool is large enough for a 10' board (per SR Smith guides)
- It seems that people here are not fond of the epoxied anchors (has anyone here used them, or has anyone seen them fail?)
- I've gone salt and was thinking of the new SR Smith salt board may not have the rusting problems in the future
- I'd really like a springier board, the old flyte deck and the Fiber-Dive board was pretty stiff