> If you are convinced the insert is not cracked along the side which
> would be evidenced by not being able to easily***in a larger
> diameter screw, then someone used too long a***and pushed out the
> end. If the end is pushed out, you might be able to push a long needle
> down thru the insert and into the foam. The footstrap inserts are
> about 1" high, so if you can push a needle down more than one inch,
> then someone used too long a screw. Bedding the new***in 5200 when
> screwed in will provide a usable fix. Be sure to overkill the amount
> of 5200 just a bit to make sure the***is fully sealed in the
> If you can***in a large screw, the side is cracked and the only
> answer is to replace the insert.
I'm copying this from the Starboard's website.
Repair of damaged footstrap***thread or vent***threads.
Normally, with correct use, the threaded inserts in your Starboard
will provide excellent service throughout the life of your board.
Occasionally, and usually for a secondary reason (like failure to
maintain strap screws tension..), a threaded insert may become
stripped, requiring a practical solution to restore the original
function of the thread.
We've been using a LocTite/Permatex product that really does
permanently restore the threads in stripped out plastic inserts, such
as the footstrap insert threads, or deck vent screws.
The product is called Permatex Stripped Thread Repair Kit.
Here's a link: www.permatex.com/products/automotive/thread_compounds/thread_repair.htm
Here's the same product from Loctite Corp. It's called Loctite Form-A-
Thread Kit 81668
It's a 2 part epoxy based "system" with a super mold release agent as
part of the kit.
Get a new footstrap screw, and coat it with the blue mold release
agent (save it as you can use it again).
Clean out the stripped insert with acetone (don't get it anywhere on
the board, just down the hole in the insert).
Take a tooth pick and work a small quantity of the mixed 2 part epoxy
down into the stripped hole.
Screw the blue mold release coated new footstrap***down into the
hole without the footstrap attached.
Let the 2 part compound cure. Cures pretty quickly, but usually let it
cure overnight for best results unless the
board needs to be raced right away.
Unscrew the blue mold release coated screw.
Put your footstrap back on normally.
This product repairs threads in steel parts to SAE Grade 5 or Metric
Grade 8.8 strength.
Should hold your footstrap or a stripped vent plug forever.
(Thanks to Roger Jackson for the R+D on this solution)<<
I have seen these products recommended for split or cracked inserts.
However, what i would do with a >>hissing<< hole would be put it in
dry, hot storage to drive out the water. You might see the moisture
seeping out. Then put it in dry, cold storage for a day. That would
replace water with air. Then use one of these products easily
optainable in an auto parts store.