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Old 07-29-2020, 09:35 AM   #1
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All thing sealing!

Betty is leaking.
Sheís an old gal, but I got up on the roof and it needs some serious cleaning, caulking is ugly. Everything is dirty.
I tried to remove the old stuff but itís a huge pain, and we donít have shade. So several questions.
1. Is there a way to remove old stuff? Like a chemical or a trick Iím missing. Or a tool?
*its hotter then a b*tch here. Like in the upper 80s.
2. Would things be easier if we removed the old paint? If so how? We do plan on painting her once sheís restored. And not leaky.
3. Around the AC is gross and the wood under/around looks rotted? The AC works though.
4. Weíve got some vents that donít close. And are old and dirty. They also arenít transparent (I donít want them see through) but would like some light. So wondering what to replace or fix them with. The rivets and everything look good. The lid just doesnít shut.
5. Of the 2 has a fan, but Iíd like two fans? Is that even a thing?

If you have links that would be amazing! Thank you!
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Old 07-29-2020, 09:40 AM   #2
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What model?

What are you trying to work on that has wood and paint?
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Old 07-29-2020, 09:49 AM   #3
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I figured it out myself.....

Kindly disregard my previous message....I just looked at your profile and figured it out. I have had to remove some old caulk/butyl tape from places on my AS a few times. I know that they make some caulk remover in chemical form, but I have found that a plastic putty knife and a wooden cloths pin that has been taken apart works for me. I usually do the removal when its warm out the the two mediums of tools works to keep from digging into the aluminum. Once I get the old stuff off, I use a medical grade "Sani-Cloth" to clean up any left over residue and dirt. You have to wear gloves with those things.....if you don't, your hands begin to tingle after long periods of direct contact. As far as any wood, I haven't encounter any rotten wood around my A/C unit. I do lay some towels down on the roof when its been hot so I don't burn myself on the hot roof. I do know what you mean by hot and humid.....not fun, but its better than it being rainy and humid
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A wooden cloth pin?
Itís gonna be a multi day process.
How would I put a tarp over the vents/ac to keep it from getting inside if it rains?
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Old 07-29-2020, 12:39 PM   #5
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Yep.....a wooden cloths pin. I used like a using a screwdriver to scrape against the aluminum. They're cheap and I didn't have to worry about them creating any damage. I used the plastic scraper to get any left over remnants of sealant and then those sani-cloths.

When I had my vents off the roof, I just used some old plywood and a brick over the exposed vents. I had one that had broken plexi-glass and I cut out a piece of aluminum and riveted it on the vent cover and put in a new gasket. While I had it off, that's when I cleaned and lubricated the lift assembly and the checked the fan motors. It was a lot easier to do from above than from inside. I just used a piece of plywood and brick to cover the open vent while I get the lid repaired.

I am not a purist when it comes to our AS. I want to keep it as original as I can, but I also don't see the need to spend a fortune to do so when you can make it functional and safe.
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Old 07-29-2020, 12:41 PM   #6
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Ooops! Sorry for the repeat info.....I walked away for a few minutes (at work) and came back to finish my thought.
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A wooden cloth pin?
Itís gonna be a multi day process.
How would I put a tarp over the vents/ac to keep it from getting inside if it rains?


Unless you are able to tackle this in an enclosed garage, or under a carport, a tarp is your only real option. Cover large holes with boards or plywood, then throw a tarp over the entire roof, or just over the opening(s) if you want and secure it in place with cordage.
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An oscillating tool with a scraper attachment will make short order of old caulk.
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Took the cover of the AC from the inside. The silver bit(insulation) was soaked with water.
So not sure what that means?
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I have the littlest leak! And I think I found it. I think itís from the vent in the living room kitchen. We can not get it to close correctly. Weíve tried taking it apart, using a new foam D sail, all the things. And it wonít close! Like can see light coming in.
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