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Old 03-02-2013, 10:42 AM   #1
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patching holes in interior skin.

so, most of the interior walls are in decent shape, but the previous owner cut several holes for new outlets (which were never wired). two questions: 1) is it worth removing walls to insulate, and 2) what is recommended to patch these holes? do i need to order some aluminium and do it that way? assuming i'll need to rivet, as well. thanks!

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Old 03-02-2013, 11:21 AM   #2
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When you get into removing interior walls, you start to have a very major renovation going.

Question 1 (realize this is my opinion only) To re insulate an AS is a huge job, and the final result will probably not be a significant change. There is only a 2" space to work with to begin with, and the metal ribs and single pane windows will remain the same, even after a change in the original insulation.

Question 2 How to patch the holes depends on your sense of aesthetics and what you are willing to see at the end. You didn't list your trailer so it is hard to say what you should do, the various years had different wall coverings. I would probably consider cutting a piece of the original wall out from the rear of a cabinet or under a bed large enough to make your patch pieces. Cut them from the removed piece carefully, and rivet them in place. Cut a new patch from some hardware store sheet aluminum and put it where you took the original metal out in the back of the closet or under a bed.
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