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Old 11-01-2011, 04:14 PM   #1
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Refrigerator Vent

I am resealing all roof penetrations to try to stop my leaks. The refrigerator vent cover is riveted on. The only way to properly reseal around the refrigerator vent is to remove the vent cover.

Do I drill out the rivets or grind them off?

Can I reattach the cover with screws?


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Old 11-01-2011, 04:44 PM   #2
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drill them out and re -rivet . Screws are a no no. Put some sealant on the rivet before you pop it in.
Run some wicking sealant ( gutter seal is good) into the seams all along the roof too.

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Old 11-01-2011, 06:08 PM   #3
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I remove these vents a lot when installing solar charging systems on Airstreams, as we run the charging lines down the refrigerator vent stacks.

Drill out the rivets and remove the vent. Line the bottom of the vent where the rivet holes are located with butyl tape sealant after cleaning the surfaces well and then re-rivet the vent cover back in place.

Complete the sealing process with SikaFlex 221 polyurethane sealant, running a bead over the rivets and the outer seam. Spread carefully and smooth to your liking with a very small plastic putty knife or your finger (encased in a rubber glove), as this stuff does not like to come off!

You will never have a leak there again if properly executed.
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