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Old 05-19-2024, 06:00 PM   #1
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Fixing a Hole

I showed pics in another thread of a tree dropping on my buddy's RV. We now have the tree branches cleared. So far the only damage is on the front cap just above the front window. There is a hole in the outside aluminum siding about 6" long and an inch wide, positioned horizontally.

We used duct tape as a temporary expedient to seal out rain water that was expected in a few days. No time to do a professional job.

My first thought was to use overlapping laps of Eternabond. Good or bad idea? What would be the preferred permanent repair?
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How about a new piece of aluminum? Or an aluminum patch with butyl behind it and screwed to original, then painted.
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How about a new piece of aluminum? Or an aluminum patch with butyl behind it and screwed to original, then painted.
That was one thought of mine.
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How about a new piece of aluminum? Or an aluminum patch with butyl behind it and screwed to original, then painted.
I was thinking it would need a new piece of aluminum but I had the combined thought of butyl AND Eternabond. I guess it all depends on how pretty he wants it to look.

Both are probably overkill, but it's sure not to leak.
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I was thinking it would need a new piece of aluminum but I had the combined thought of butyl AND Eternabond. I guess it all depends on how pretty he wants it to look.

Both are probably overkill, but it's sure not to leak.
Unless the strip is completely replaced, everything else is a bandaid.
I’m not sure why his friend would not call his insurance company and get it fixed correctly.
My son was looking for a used RV. The ad said had roof leak but it was repaired. The 1” x 6” split between the wall and the roof was repaired indeed. With at least 3 tubes of silicone caulk. Looked sealed to me as we drove away quickly.
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