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SJ-Chris

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Posted: 12/09/20 01:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would like to remove my refrigerator vent cap up on the roof. (I'm doing this because I want to send some solar wires down without putting another hole in the roof.)

Here is a picture of what the top of the vent cover looks like:

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On the top of this vent, there are 4 screws to hold it down. You can see from the image, over the top of the screw holes is Dicor to prevent it from leaking water.

My question is this: What is the best way to remove the Dicor in these screw holes such that I can get a screwdriver down to the screws to remove them? (I haven't worked much with Dicor before)

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Posted: 12/09/20 03:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

clicky

Might want to get a new cover while you are at it. That one is cracked.


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Posted: 12/09/20 04:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dig it out with pick, small screw driver or pocket knife.
Be sure to reapply when finished.
Take your time you'll be fine.
I do not see any cracks only dicor dribble.


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I work with that situation a lot in my solarium work. Always something to take apart with the screw heads caulked.

Exactly as birdnst said, dig it out. It can be a little tedious, but there are only 4 screws.

Dicor sticks hard, it's great stuff. I always start with a utility knife such as Olfa, and try to get a piece loose enough to grab it with a pair of pliers and pull while I use a knife, pick, nail, screw or anything with a small sharp tip to pry it away from the screw head.

There is no other way to do it. No solvent will work without damaging the surrounding area.


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Posted: 12/09/20 08:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When I removed my cover, I just loosened the dicor edges with a plastic sharp edged tool for applying caulk. A credit card will work similar. The Dicor does not stick well to that plastic vent, like it does to your roof.

After the edges are loose, just twist/pull up, and should come out in one piece (mine did). I actually put the old Dicor pieces, back in the same hole, which still made a fair seal, and still in there, after several years.

There really is no place for water to leak, but could cause screw to rust, if water sat in that recess.

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Posted: 12/09/20 08:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

would a heat gun loosen it up.

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Posted: 12/09/20 08:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hit it with a heat gun and then the driver and it will back right out. When a heat gun hits Dicor, it just rolls aside with whatever tool you are going to use.

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Posted: 12/09/20 11:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Didn't have a heat gun but even my wife's hair dryer seem to loosen the caulk enough to get a screw driver bit to work.


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You can shove a screwdriver right thru it and unscrew. Easier to clean off then. That stuff stays soft for years.

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I think I did that method. Went up with a square tip on an impact screwdriver. That was for the fridge vent though.

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