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Old 12-15-2015, 09:54 PM   #1
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Roof cover plate needed

I have a broken CB antenna on my roof and don't use a CB so I want to remove it and cover the hole. I would like to keep access to the hole if I change my mind later or to preserve the wires and hole for the next owner. Would an aluminum cover plate screwed to the roof and covered with Dicor be the best cover solution? Does Home Depot or hardware stores sell small aluminum cover plates I could use? What say you guys?
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Old 12-15-2015, 10:12 PM   #2
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Yes, aluminum will work well. You need a piece about 1/8" thick. You can either buy some aluminum or look at Home Depot for something that will work that has another purpose. Drill the four corners, place some sealant under the plate, around the edges, secure and then cover with Dicor.
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Old 12-15-2015, 11:05 PM   #3
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after the antenna is out, do you still have the base sitting on the roof? my base is still there but only a thread in the center i just put the dicor into the thread that's it. it won't leak as the thread is not through.
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Old 12-16-2015, 01:16 AM   #4
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An 1/8" thick aluminum disc/plate will cover a hole.After drilling screw holes I sanded off all sharp edges then sprayed put a number of coats of liquid rubber on both sides and edge. Once dry, I screwed the plate to the roof and covered screws and edge with caulking.
Another option is using a RV bathroom vent (looks sorta like a mushroom) and place it over the hole using putty tape, screws and caulking. Only down side is after 7-9 years, the suns UV rays will eat up the plastic and it will get brittle.
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Look for roofing stuff at the big box stores. Flashing strips, round and squares of differing sizes, etc. likely to be found there.
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Thanks guys. I'll check out what's available at the big box stores.
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Wow, what are you going to support with a 1/8" plate? It's just a small hole. I'd take a piece of plastic milk jug, juice bottle or whatever, cut it oversize for the hole you have after you remove the base and glue it down with Dicor. When the Dicor is dry, check to be sure you got all the open areas covered and then coat the whole area and patch with Dicor. The Dicor will prevent the plastic from deteriorating in the sun and will seal fine.
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Wow, what are you going to support with a 1/8" plate? It's just a small hole. I'd take a piece of plastic milk jug, juice bottle or whatever, cut it oversize for the hole you have after you remove the base and glue it down with Dicor. When the Dicor is dry, check to be sure you got all the open areas covered and then coat the whole area and patch with Dicor. The Dicor will prevent the plastic from deteriorating in the sun and will seal fine.
You have a good point Pigman. The whole is small. Gives me more ideas of what to use. Thanks!
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Eternabond tape or aluminum duct tape should do the job.
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Old 12-16-2015, 03:48 PM   #10
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If you want aluminum simply cut up a beer can. EVERYONE has one of those, right?
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Old 12-21-2015, 09:59 PM   #11
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If you want thicker aluminum for a plate, go to your local thrift store and buy a used aluminum frying pan. Cut out the flat bottom for your plate. It cuts easily with a metal blade in a jig saw. I did this to make a sturdy mount for a cell phone booster antenna. Pan cost was $1.00.

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Just visit the electrical department and look for hole plugs.

They have standard sizes for conduit holes.

If smaller than 1/2 inch or so then get a short carriage bolt that just fits in the hole but make sure it is short.

Clean the area then sealer of your choice to glue it in then a square of eternabond over the top for hood measure.
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