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Old 07-30-2009, 08:58 PM   #15
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Can you call the technical folks at Airstream and show them the picture. Maybe they have a solution that they have tried? It all started with them, maybe they can help steer us in the right direction.

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Old 08-01-2009, 05:08 PM   #16
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Decided to go with the Rock Hard then read that it's not waterproof! Not sure if it that's a big deal but the damage was caused by water and maybe something like Bondo would be a better choice.
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Old 08-01-2009, 07:56 PM   #17
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If you use Bondo, they make a version called Kitty Hair, and it's a lot stronger because it has strands of fiberglass in it.
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As a painting contractor I can tell you that Durhams Water Putty is not waterproof--it will deteriorate if it continues to get wet. It is also not a structural material--it is not strong enough to walk on. It is great at repairing rotted spots in trim and such around the house but I wouldn't use it on a floor unless there was decent supporting material beneath and only being used as a leveler.
Bondo is not designed for wood repair either. Bondo cures very hard and rigid (great with metal repair) but wood expands and contracts at a greater rate than metal and the bond between the wood and the Bondo will release at some point. A wet environment will make this happen faster.
My suggestion is to use the wood epoxy, and scab in new, properly attached and supported plywood.
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:12 AM   #19
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What wood epoxy would you suggest? Thanks for your help!
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Our Lowe's home center carries Loctite brand--cost is reasonable and it is fairly easy to use. Should work in your application. I think they also carry Simpsons (strong tie) which is good stuff as well. Read the directions well (some of these epoxies make enough heat during the reaction to burn you, for example).
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Thanks for the all the advice! To date I've removed all the rotten wood, squared the hole with my Dremel tool with a router bit and Dremel Multi-max tool (like multi master tool but way cheaper). The plywood patch has been cut and shaped. Next move is to epoxy in place with Gorilla epoxy and fill in seams with minwax expoxy wood filler. Next step is to use either Rot Doctor or Minwax to impregnate the surrounding wood. I'm moving a little slow on this last step after reading the warnings on the can! Thanks again!
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Do you have pictures of your work?I will be doing the same fix soon.
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For that type of repair I would suggest products avialable from either West Systems ( epoxy products for marine uses) or a company called Abatron (industrial and architectural restoration products). I have used a lot of Abatron products in my work and they are excellent. These products cost a lot more than the home store stuff but you get what you pay for.
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I should be done later this weekend and will post pictures early in the week. I've used Minwax wood hardener and Minwax epoxy wood filler. Both seem to work well.
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Well it's not pretty but I think solid. Squared the hole then scarfed in a piece of plywood with Gorilla Glue epoxy. Had one thru bolt to help set the patch. Filled the edges with Minwax epoxy wood filler. Dark wood is from Minwax Wood Hardner. Remove all carpet and did not find additional areas of rot. Re caulked the offending window and all the others. Now set to replace flooring!
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Nice job! I bet it holds up just fine. If you go with somekind of Pergo type flooring it will help distibute around the weight to be even easier on it.. I would make sure that if you use that type of planking that you dont seam it together right over the repair. But in reality its probably stronger than any other part of the flooring...

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Thanks for the pic. Do you have any before the patch went in?I was interested in seeing how you made the hole for it to go in.
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Sorry, I did not take a picture of the patch prior to the wood filler application. I used a Dremel Multi Max tool to square the hole to 6"x6". Then inserted the piece of plywood for the patch. Glued it down with a two part epoxy by Gorilla glue. Seems solid now!
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