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BillHoughton

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...are visited upon the subsequent owners.

The awning on our Itasca is fastened to brackets that stand it off from the side about an inch at the narrowest, an inch and a half at the widest, and about five inches high. One of the two previous owners - I suspect the original owner - decided to glue some weatherstripping, of the type used to seal car doors, at the bottom of this gap. I'm not sure what the goal was. To keep water from dripping down behind the awning (that you're not supposed to leave open when it rains anyway)? To reduce wind noise?

Whatever the intent, the effect was to trap leaves and other detritus on the gap, which buildup then trapped water. Fortunately, the awning's backplate is aluminum, and the RV in that area is fiberglass and aluminum; so there's no rust-through (there is some rust on the brackets to which the awning gets fastened; I'll need to address that before putting the awning back on).

Removing the weatherstripping took several hours, about an hour of which was dedicated to figuring how to to strip the adhesive off (Goof-off and a sharp, stiff putty knife was the final answer). At least I won't have to do that again.

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The guy that owned my rig before me (may he rest in peace) must have been related to MacGyver. When replacing my shocks I wondered how the guy managed to get the bolt and nut tightened because you can't even get your hand up in there never mind a socket or wrench.

This is what fell out:

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He had wrapped some wire around the nut so he could hold it just tight enough for the lock washer to grab. Clever.

Ever since then I find all sorts of interesting repairs. The best is a $0.50 fly swatter whose handle had been repaired with a stick and electrical tape. I kept it as a reminder of what I'm in for when I come across some of his repairs.


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That one with the wire is pretty clever. I'll have to (try to) remember it.

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My step-son is from Cherokee heritage. he has worn shoes only when he has too.Only man I know that paints 30 feet up on a ladder in bare feet.
Needing to go to Walmart for paint supplies he taped rags on his feet so they would let him in, his rear view mirror is a hand-held girls mirror with sparkles taped to the broken one, his antenna, of course a coat hanger.

I love the guy, his kids call his repairs "jenks" don't know the meaning and hope to not offend anyone.

The wire around the nut is a good one, i have used putty in a box wrench then pushed the nut into that, if need be even used the open end side. In a pinch reach for some grease nearby, maybe from a ball joint or something and use that.

the taping of a 50 cent fly swatter..........geez...

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You can buy nuts with the wire already attached.





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The wire-wrapped nuts are sometimes used to install trailer hitches onto frames.

Scary, heh?


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BillHoughton wrote:

...are visited upon the subsequent owners.

Snip .......To keep water from dripping down behind the awning (that you're not supposed to leave open when it rains anyway)? T.


Interesting, here in the PNW we always put awnings out in the rain!


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rhagfo wrote:

BillHoughton wrote:

...are visited upon the subsequent owners.

Snip .......To keep water from dripping down behind the awning (that you're not supposed to leave open when it rains anyway)? T.


Interesting, here in the PNW we always put awnings out in the rain!


Always thought that is what an awning was for myself....[emoticon]


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turbojimmy wrote:

The guy that owned my rig before me (may he rest in peace) must have been related to MacGyver. When replacing my shocks I wondered how the guy managed to get the bolt and nut tightened because you can't even get your hand up in there never mind a socket or wrench.

This is what fell out:

[image]

He had wrapped some wire around the nut so he could hold it just tight enough for the lock washer to grab. Clever.

Ever since then I find all sorts of interesting repairs. The best is a $0.50 fly swatter whose handle had been repaired with a stick and electrical tape. I kept it as a reminder of what I'm in for when I come across some of his repairs.


Hmmm ... for years I've used in my shop one of these, but with only two opposing prongs so that I could hold nuts in place by gripping two sides of the nut. I now carry it in the RV on all trips - just in case: https://www.amazon.com/Flexible-Grabber-Steel-Retriever-Prong/dp/B019N3W81S


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SidecarFlip wrote:

rhagfo wrote:

BillHoughton wrote:

...are visited upon the subsequent owners.

Snip .......To keep water from dripping down behind the awning (that you're not supposed to leave open when it rains anyway)? T.


Interesting, here in the PNW we always put awnings out in the rain!


Always thought that is what an awning was for myself....[emoticon]
X-3, only time I put mine away is before going to bed with a stiff wind.


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