This is, in my opinion, the cleanest way to mount an enclosure without having to drill all the way through your deck. I’m putting this up as a Go to/How to for anyone that doesn’t want to use wood screws or “skate type” hardware on their builds.
For this install you will need: m4 x 16 cap socket screws M4 plastic flat washers
- Line up your Enclosure on your deck. Eyeball it for awhile to make sure it is equally spaced how you want.
- Use some blue tape to mark the edge of the enclosure on the deck. This way if the enclosure moves, you can easily line it up again.
- Take your enclosure off of the deck (or half of it if its a 2 piece) and drill the first 2 mount holes in it. I usually start on the front corners. I use an m4 or m4.5 bit.
- Put the enclosure back on the deck, lined up with the tape markers, Using the same drill bit, mark the holes into your deck. -DO NOT drill all the way through! Take the enclosure off the deck for the next step.
- Now you need to switch your drill bit out to a 1/4" bit. -Here’s a slight detail to pay attention to- Find a small, deep well socket that fits over the drill bit. When you chuck the drill bit into your drill, leave about 1/2" of the drill bit sticking out of the socket. Should be barely longer than the m4 brass insert and not longer than the thickness of the deck. You can hold the socket while you drill the marked holes on your deck. When the socket touches the deck, the hole is deep enough to screw the insert into the deck.
- screw the enclosure down to the deck, switch back to the m4 drill bit and mark a couple more holes. You can now, drill through the enclosure and into the deck. -Do not drill all the way through the deck!!
- Take off the enclosure, and repeat steps (5 thru 7)