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Old 12-30-2008, 08:16 AM   #1
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Temporary leak fix

The PO took out the water heater and there is a piece of plywood over the hole, I am in the processes of changing out the furnace and the window above both may leak.
I don't believe any of these can be permanently fixed until spring, its 20 deg and there is to much rain and snow.

Anyone have any ideas?

Is there a waterproof tape out there that will stick to the aluminum through the winter and yet peel off without damaging the clear coat in 4 months. I was thinking of taping some plastic over the offending area untill it gets warmer out. I can get the shell warm enough to apply tape in this area, its the best idea I can come up with so far.

Your help will be much appreciated.
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:47 AM   #2
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Use two 2 by 4 boards, and some closed foam gasket. Glue the gasket on the plywood, put the boards on the inside of the trailer, and screw them to the plywood. It will clamp the plywood to the trailer, the gasket will seal the hole, and won't damage the clearcoat.
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:08 PM   #3
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Simple and effective, Thanks
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:20 PM   #4
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Or just apply butyl tape over any places where it may leak. I always carry some just in case.
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Old 01-01-2009, 03:25 PM   #5
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Guido and Wayne&Sam,

Thanks for the input.

I took of the plywood off and added a ribbon of foam around it and screwed it back on, I also applied butyl tape around it, the window and the water fill. Needed to use a heat gun to get the butyl to stick, it was 15 deg out.
Looks like crap but will hopefully keep the water out until spring when I can make a permanent repair.

I will also use the butyl tape around the furnace vent until it can be caulked this spring.
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