Monday, July 19, 2010

Duct Tape? Eternabond. Awnings.

Duck or Duct Tape, it doesn't really matter what you call it, but did you ever wonder how it is made?
Here is Red Green at the factory:

Emergency Repairs: Go a Step Beyond Duct Tape

"We know we may be stepping onto hallowed ground: RVers love their duct tape. It’s the greatest thing for on the fly repairs of all kinds. But we found something that you may want to add to your tape deck, if you’ll allow it: It’s called Waterproofing Repair Tape, made by Nashua, one of the big duct tape producers."
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Then there is Eternabond Tape.

No RVer should leave home without it!
"Motor home and RV roof repair and maintenance is an essential step in guaranteeing the long life of your investment.
Most manufacturers of RVs and motor homes install rubber (EPDM) or TPO roofs on their vehicles because they are lightweight and flexible, while some choose fiberglass or aluminum because they provide a hard surface. All are sleek looking.

Nevertheless, rubber and TPO roofs are more susceptible to damage, especially from overhead objects such as branches; whereas fiberglass and aluminum roofs are more susceptible to stress cracks and pitting from oxidation. The bottom line is that all RV roofs, left unattended will eventually leak."
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Whatever Jay did to the RVport roof yesterday, didn't work!  We had a rainstorm, and it still dripped down onto my van.  So Ray and I got an extension ladder out, and went up there to see.  I have never looked at it from a ladder, and you can't see it from the ground, so now I can see why he said a regular gutter wouldn't work there.   Back to the drawing board.

Then we got out the Starbrite Awning Cleaner, and cleaned the awning on the cargo trailer.  That stuff worked very well, and even cleaned an algae and mold stained plastic lawn chair, too.  As rain is in the forecast we had to put the awning back up, in case of wind gusts.  I know that, small as it is, I couldn't handle that awning on my own. 

When we took the RV to the boat races, as my late DH was mechanic for his racing son in law and grandson, he would be very busy from the moment we got there, so it was up to me to make shade for us.   I have never been able to deploy the awning on any RV I have had, by myself!

Rope / J Hook 3-3/8"We bought some of those flat hooks that have screw holes, screwed them on to the top/side of the RV, at the same intervals as dining canopy grommets.   We were careful to use butyl putty tape and caulk to waterproof. 

I could get on a step stool and hook the canopy grommet holes onto the hooks, then put up the center pole, though my portable picnic table, as it has a hole in the middle for it's umbrella.  Then I would put up two more poles, and batten them down to tent stakes. 
So we had a big 12' x 12' area for shade, with a table and benches in the middle.  That kept us out of the TX sun, and we still had the breezes from the lake.

The cargo trailer has a regular 30 amp RV cord, and converter, so we plugged it in to my RV outlet.  The 12v lights worked, and the roof AC fan came on.  But it needs the filter cleaned and cobwebs/ dirt dobbers vacuumed out of it, before we try out the compressor.  Got to find knobs for it too.  I sure hope it works.
We got lots more boxes of stuff out of the cargo trailer, and put it either into stock, or in the 'yard sale dept.'

Due to the oncoming thunderstorm, the heat and humidity stopped work for the day.


Sandra said...

Glad to hear that you know who Red Green is. He's pretty much a legend up here! By the way, the Perth, Ontario that he mentions in the video is 12 miles from us.

Rod and Loyce Ivers said...

I thought everyone knew who RedGreen is!