Post by universalexports on Mar 31, 2012 19:31:26 GMT -5
so I am replacing the wood frame under my front curb side window and most of it was rotted or gone, so how much bracing should be under the window, here is what I have, but I think it need one more piece either horizontal or vertical?? ideas?
Post by schweetcruisers on Mar 31, 2012 20:53:30 GMT -5
If its like mine, your only missing one vertical running from the sill plate to the lower window frame, if you look you can see the discoloration on the skin where it goes, about center of the the window.
Post by boandsusan on Mar 31, 2012 23:52:24 GMT -5
We don`t have the same model but we did have the same framing problem. We added one horizontal (about half way between the window and the floor). We then added 3 more vertically ( 1 below the new horizontal and 2 above). We thought that would support the window a bit better.
Don't mean to change direction of the topic, but since I see a potential future problem, I will point it out.
Do you notice the water stains running down from the bottom of the window opening? This is a common and an easy fix. Put a small dot of clear sealant in each screw hole before the window frame with butyl tape applied is screwed back into place. Most forget about the dot of sealant in the screw holes. If you look at the old framing around the window openings, there will be black spots or small areas of rot. This is from water traveling into the wood via the screw threads. A dot of sealant will prevent this from happening.
The one area that most people forget to seal is the Pittsburgh Bend seams. Look at the middle of the window opening, between the window framing and the door framing and notice the water stains running down from the seam. This is a must for sealing. It can be and should be done from the outside.
The Pittsburgh Bend or Fold is the folded aluminum at the bottom of each section of the siding. Then the top of the next piece of siding slides up into the the Pittsburgh Bend. At the factories, this joint was never sealed.
When you remove one of the windows or the door, you should be able to see what the Bend looks like.
I will try to take a picture of it today and post it this afternoon.
When I was working inside the camper during cold weather with lots of bare aluminum condensing the air and some rain/slush coming in through the rotted fridge vent, I noticed that water can travel a long way sideways in those seams, just like a gutter. Made it a good twelve feet away from the entry point in mine before it hit an obstruction and overflowed down the wall. That's one of the reasons it's so hard to trace leaks, and why I would never bother trying to reseal only one part of the roof line.