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Old 10-02-2014, 11:11 AM   #15
Name: RogerDat
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Originally Posted by Carol H View Post
As the caps are a decorative item and as I am a female, I like to replace the caps as they fail.
I'm not female (at least last time I checked) but it is a good idea to have a few caps on hand to promptly replace any that fail or come off.

The caps are sacrificial in that UV from sunlight will degrade plastic, the caps degrade but protect the cup. If the cap is left off the cup deteriorates, and the cup is helping to seal the hole the rivet goes through.

Water can get through the tube of a rivet without a cap, but the amount would be tend to be tiny unless the center shaft of the rivet was gone.

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Old 10-15-2014, 09:06 AM   #16
Name: Katie
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Thanks for all your help!! The main source of the leak was around the back window. I pulled it out, cleaned off the old foam tape, applied butyl, and reinstalled it. No leaks!! I did develop a leak at the large vent site, so I had to scrape off all the silicon the previous owner had applied (layers upon layers) and redo the caulking with a non-silicon caulk as a temporary fix. After this season when I have more help, I plan on taking the whole vent out and using butyl tape when reinstalling it. I'll also be able to replace all the cracked white caps at that point. I am a travel nurse, so I don't usually have someone readily available to help with two-man jobs like the replacing the rivets. Once I return to my home base, my brother will be able to help. Thanks for all the help!! You guys are the best!!

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