Post by LittleVintageTrailer on May 25, 2011 20:46:53 GMT -5
Ok, so I have a small leaky-loo going on in the corner of the roof vent and it's driving me nuts. I got up there and put some Dicor self-leveling lap sealant on about 4 days ago. However, the corner that is leaking is the hardest one to reach when you are up on the ladder.
We've had thunderstorms and hard rain today and sure enough it's still got a slow drip at that corner. Uhhg! I'm thinking I didn't reach that corner well enough. Fortunately it's not a major leak, just a very slow drip but a leak is a leak in my book. So I tarped the trailer for now since we are to get more storms tomorrow.
I don't want to put my weight on the roof for obvious reasons. Can I lay a piece of plywood across the width of the trailer and lean on that so I can reach that corner?
I plan on trying one more time to see if I can get to that corner with the Dicor. If that doesn't work I'll probably rip the bleepin' vent out and put in a fantastic fan. But then I wonder how big of a job is that and will I solve the leak issue as long as it's installed correctly?
Yes, the plywood will work, edge to edge. Normally, when a vent is leaking, it needs to be pulled and the framing shimmed up to raise the vent above the rest of the roof. Also, pulling the vent will allow you to see the metal condition (cracks, etc) and also framing. I doubt that Dicor will seal your vent. It is more for a final seal after a new install.
Fantastic Fans are not difficult to install. They come with a foam gasket, screws and even sun protectant for the lid. You need 12 volt wiring to the left front side. (it can be dicey to run the wires; look for a nearby 12 volt ceiling light) Once the vent framing is raised and the Fan installed, then Dicor around the flange and all the screw heads. It takes at least a caulk tube to do one vent, sometimes more.
Post by LittleVintageTrailer on May 27, 2011 10:58:11 GMT -5
I think I'll take it down to the resto guys and let them pull the vent/replace. For now though I was hoping to find a temporary bandaid. We are suppose to take it camping this weekend and don't want it to be leaking. I'll try the plywood and give it one last shot and see if I can reach that corner and see what happens. It might rain a bit tomorrow so that is what I'm concerned with about being at the campground and having it leak.
Post by LittleVintageTrailer on May 28, 2011 10:08:30 GMT -5
LOL! I imagine you are right about that. I did goop it a bit more, but I'm dropping her off on our way home from camping on Monday and they are going to scrap off the old, remove the vent and install a fantastic fan and 12V. He has the fantastic fan in stock...yeah! I think if that solves the drip problem AND helps keep us cooler in the evenings on those 90 degree + evenings I'll be a happy camper (:
Post by LittleVintageTrailer on May 30, 2011 17:29:08 GMT -5
She's at the shop now and getting her new fantastic fan installed this week. Hopefully, that will do the trick with the drip. It's such a minor leak...literally a drop every 5 min or so but you know even a drip can cause damage you can't see so I'm not messing with this and getting it fixed asap. They are also going to do some other small things for me (ie; fix a window screen, hook up the propane, pressure test the water system and see about that one panel behind the dinette seat that I can't seem to pop back into place.
While some stuff I could certainly do myself (other stuff...no way) I am grateful to have a vintage repair source close by. Then when I pick Daisy up, I'm dropping Buttercup off to get a new kitchen outlet installed.