I decided to replace all of the Sensor.... all of it...
As the sun set in the West, I continued my ATTEMPTED removal of the Sensar baseplate.... over 7 hours...
I don't know who
installed this!!! I struggled and struggled... working to separate the wonderful, outstanding, excellent, superb Sensar baseplate from my equally special Airstream roof!
There was a solid layer of some white nuclear waste with the attraction of a Black Hole!... The entire baseplate, from the center drilled hole for deploying and turning the Sensar Antenna, out 2 inches around the perimeter of the baseplate..!!!
Yet, there was WATER underneath in places.. the whole 'front' under the baseplate... which appeared to have saturated over the years from rain... the whole thing appeared to be a 'fiberous' mess....it was also packed into the hole where the coax was supposed to enter the roof... and it appeared to be the same nuclear waste, black hole attraction... how, in the name of all that is UN-holy could this POSSIBLY leak??? For the remainder of this post I will refer to the Black Hole Goo as 'sealant'
Ok, yes, it leaked... and... It took hammering of a couple heavy duty paint scrapers between the roof and the baseplate.... constantly scraping to pull out chunks of the 'sealant'... to eventually separate the two... wow..
Feeling better, I then saw there was a plastic grommet protecting the hole in the roof from being damaged by the Coax... It had been filled with the 'sealant', totally bonding the coax to the grommet and roof... now what? Frustrated, I used needle nose pliers to pull chunks of the 'sealant', finally, with brute force, freeing the grommet... but the coax... well, will end up in the trash dump.
Now, 'gently' tugging on the coax, it barely moved.. great... all this work and now it is stuck...
Nope... it starts moving! I get a couple of feet of coax out then what shows up? THE Connector!!!!! I found the 'coupling connector' where the Airstream folks had connected the Sensar coax!!! Amazing.. It was still taped up with some great black electrical tape, also from somewhere near the Black Hole! I carefully cut away the black tape....revealing the connections.. and the connectors were tight!
Hooray!!! I carefully unscrewed the coax connector and what did I find? WATER and CORROSION!!! Really!!! Water and Corrosion!!! Wow.... So, I was in shock... how could this be...?
Ok, press on... I removed the 'coupler'... and what did I find? hmmm? no water... just corrosion! So, I cleaned it up... then checked... NO VOLTAGE! Oh, no... a bad cable in the Airstream shell!!!??? Nope... Defective wall module! Replaced the wall module... snugged up all connections... and what? I now have proper voltage at the roof!!!
It's dark... so, I clean up things and head in for the night.. Tomorrow, I hope to complete the install.
Next post... using 'proper sealant'...
Will put up the pics soon... and hopefully a completed picture tomorrow..