Post by capnjonny on Sept 15, 2012 21:08:24 GMT -5
I have almost finished re framing my 65 Compact. Total demo including floor and all framing. I framed without the plywood paneling so my walls are now 1/4" narrower each side . I will need to bend down the excess metal at the corners and don't want to make a mess of it. Is there any recommended way to do this? Should I straighten all the edges and then re bend them or try to hammer sown the edge as I go along?
Also , is there a wider drip rail available then the stock one. Most of the damage to the framing was due to leaking at the corners and I want to make sure that I seal everything as good as possible. Also the butyl caulking at the windows didn't seal very well and I was thinking I might use Marine silicone around them . It is black and can stand up to sunlight.
You can use sheet metal vise grips with 2" jaws to re-bend the metal. Trim the excess beforehand.
You shouldn't need wider edge trim, just good quality RV putty. Also, the screw holes must be sound so that the screws have a good grip and ooze the putty. I seat the trim with a rubber hammer after installation.
If you put new putty under the window flanges you won't need silicone. Most of us don't use any silicone. It fails rather quickly...