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Old 04-09-2019, 05:53 AM   #81
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Joan,
You're doing great! However slow it's going, it's obvious that you care enough to do a good, thorough job of it.
And all the detail in your website write-up is bound to help out others tackling similar things. [good job there, too]
I'm just getting ready to paint the rest of our CT13 after having it for 4.5 yrs, and I have a decent shop to work on it in! [I guess I'm easily distracted, eh?]
At any rate, kudos on your progress!
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Old 04-19-2019, 06:37 PM   #82
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A day of marginally warm enough weather and at least no rain. Back at it.



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Old 04-20-2019, 06:56 PM   #83
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Things are finally looking like something is happening.



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Old 04-21-2019, 06:28 PM   #84
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Put the Trim Loc on today. Looks pretty good! PO had a split piece of rubber hose screwed over the seam.



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Old 04-21-2019, 08:57 PM   #85
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White trim looks pretty good.
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Old 04-22-2019, 02:50 AM   #86
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Actually, yes! I live in a northern vacationland paradise and there are a number of people who have retired here for the year-round fun.
I'd love to know where you live! To me, the north would is where I'd much rather be located, or at least...summer in!!
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Old 04-22-2019, 05:23 AM   #87
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I'd love to know where you live! To me, the north would is where I'd much rather be located, or at least...summer in!!

I am near Ludington, Michigan. I live about 7 miles from the Lake Michigan beach. Lots of recreation opportunities with National Forest nearby and miles of public lakefront with Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness and Ludington State Park.
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Old 04-22-2019, 06:40 PM   #88
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Well. This job is in the books. This is more than you ever wanted to know about old aluminum trailer windows. Unless you are trying to refurbish old aluminum trailer windows!



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Old 04-23-2019, 09:04 PM   #89
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Tested well in a hard rain last night. Only one small leak, and I'm pretty sure I can fix that tomorrow!


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Old 04-24-2019, 04:26 AM   #90
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Good for you, Joan!

I'm guessing you've already heard this, but just in case...
I was told when I redid the back window on our CT to expect that the butyl would slowly compress, and the screws need to be tightened up a bit then, over time.......especially when hot weather warmed the butyl up.

FWIW.

Again--good job, and congrats!
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Old 04-24-2019, 06:46 AM   #91
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I'm guessing you've already heard this, but just in case...
I was told when I redid the back window on our CT to expect that the butyl would slowly compress, and the screws need to be tightened up a bit then, over time.......especially when hot weather warmed the butyl up.
Gary

I had not read it, but guessed as much. I think it was highly fortuitous that I installed these on our warmest day yet so the butyl was easily formable, and I think more nice warm days will help it to seal even better. I'm going to cram as much more butyl into those spaces as I can.
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Old 05-22-2019, 06:01 PM   #92
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Starting the next big sub-project... adding central bracing to the frame.



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Old 05-23-2019, 05:35 AM   #93
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Joan,
Good, thoughtful work, as usual for you! (nice tool, too)
Can I put in a plug for using Cabosil, once you have the brace made, and propped up to the roof's underside? It's inexpensive ($10-20 for a 5-qt bucket), and a real effective "thickener" for f/g resin. When I made the recessed spare carrier for our CT, I think I used a little of it to fill any gaps between f/g parts... then proceeded with matt + resin layers to span the joint and build strength... then mixed up another, bigger batch of thickened resin to "fair" or "fillet" the joint--smoothing it with a soft plastic squeegee.
You can mix it up in a cup, scoop it into a plastic baggie, and snip off the corner of the baggie for semi-tidy distributing.
(I know--unsolicited advice--use or discard. No intention to preach.)
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Gary- I have a quart of Cabosil. Are you saying to use it as filler for any small gaps left between the fiberglass and the wood? I'm never going to get this thing to conform 100% perfectly.
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Joan,
Yes, re filling in any gaps. My thinking is, you depend on the matte & resin for all the strength, where the brace joins the roof. So, initially, I would just use the thickened resin to fill any voids---primarily so the resin doesn't run out of your wetted matte and into those little gaps. (and perhaps follow the gap, only to drip out at the end of your brace, say)
Then proceed with however many layers of matte+resin you want.
Then another layer of the thickened resin, that can be smoothed with a soft squeegee to give a nice smooth fillet in that now-reinforced corner, where brace joins roof. Looks tidy... but wouldn't really be necessary, I suppose, if the structural repair was covered up.
In my experience, I added Cabosil after the resin was catalyzed, and until it was just thick enough that little peaks & waves in the mixture didn't flow back down into the cup right away. And it doesn't seem to affect the cure time much either way... still sets up quick enough to want to work right along.
I think, in the boat-building trade, they call this creating a "fairing compound". Something like that.
keepin' on...
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Old 05-23-2019, 01:03 PM   #96
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Thanks, Gary! I will have to try this a little tiny bit at a time. So much to learn!
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Something that I had read, when working overhead, use aluminum foil as your base to place your matting and resin on, then just lift it into place and hold for a while until it sets up. You can just pull the foil off after it dries. I have not tried this myself, but it sounds like it would work quite well.
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Thanks for this idea, Dave & Paula
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Joan, I just posted information for a 2019 U.P. gathering at Lake Linden Village Campground this coming August. Any chance that we will see you and your modified rig there?
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Old 05-23-2019, 03:48 PM   #100
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Hmm. I am an author, and have vendor events scheduled a lot this summer. Not sure. What dates?
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