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You might consider using enamel or epoxy coated screws. These are commonly used to attach aluminum and other exotic metal roofs to wood or steel roof framing.

 

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From: Gerard Madden, SE [mailto:gmse4603(--nospam--at)gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2007 7:01 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Aluminum Lag Bolts

 

Is there such a thing?

I need to fasten some aluminum to the exterior of a wood frame building and don't want to use steel lags or stainless steel lags due to dis-similar metals. Its a wood framed stud wall with plywood sheathing, then the aluminum right up against the sheathing. Need to lag into the wall studs. A 3/8" carbon steel lag about 4" long would work by calc.

I know I can put neoprene washers under the head of the lag, but the bearing of the shaft on the hole in the aluminum seems to be an unavoidable contact point.

I asked something similar a few months back, got a lot of helpful replies, but this project has surfaced again and need to figure out this connection.

I've browsed the web and found places that make aluminum screws of very small diameters but seem to be for sheet metal applications. But this can't be the first time in engineering history someone wanted to connect decorative aluminum to a wood building. :-)

any help is appreciated.
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-gm