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Old 05-01-2011, 06:30 PM   #1
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Rib repair or replace?

I finally have my interior skins off and insulation removed and noticed a broken rib. This was a rib at an interior wall and looks like a sever bump pushed a vertical support up and cracked it. Currently plan on putting a splice on it for a repair and I'm hoping I get some support that this is an acceptable fix. What do you think?
Also found a couple of fubars when it was built. One of the pics is my bathroom vent hole(s). Apparently drilled it in the wrong location oops- patched it and tried again. The third pic is my vista view window next to the door. If you look closely, you can see why I couldn't raise the visor to full open position. When they put the awning on, they used screws that were too long to install the metal rib up on the roof. The screws stop the visor.

Sure hope these pics come thru ok. its my first attempt.
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:03 PM   #2
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I would replace it.
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:07 PM   #3
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Repairing the rib (former) won't be an issue. If you can find a new piece of former that could be spliced in. It would be easier and just as good to repair it with some similar thickness aluminum.
That third picture has to make you chuckle a little.

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Old 05-01-2011, 07:21 PM   #4
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The rib is repairable, though the hole makes it a bit of a challenge. By any chance do those wires terminate close by so you could do the repair and then re run them? Love the screws, proves Murphy is everywhere.......Phil.
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Old 05-01-2011, 09:13 PM   #5
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The wiring is existing and is going to come out. Its 110V and is aluminum instead of copper. I think I can re-route the wiring around this hole.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:31 AM   #6
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I would do what they call "sister" a new 12" or so "C" channel back to back so that the two "C" channels make a "I" that way you are able to still use the existing Rib member! I among a very small few who even know how to bend the "C" channel properly let alone the many hours to de-skin and re-skin so that it looks correct! If you need a 12" section I send you a section FREE! Good luck!

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