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Old 09-25-2006, 12:26 PM   #1
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I want to pass on some professional advice that I got from a MH technician today about my leaking skylite.

The skylite leaks because when the MH was built they screwed it into the roof material that is only 1/8" thick and down thru the laminate on the insulation that is also only 1/8" thick.

After some years these screws lose grip in such a thin element and you have nothing but the caulking holding it against the roof material.

The Fix:
Around the perimeter of the hole, cut out the insulation (not the roof) back about 2" so a piece of 2x2 can be fitted into the cavity on all 4 sides.

Now replace the caulking and set the skylite in place...rescrew from the top down into the new 2x2's and it will never come loose or leak again.

I'm going to do this next week-end and will report back when I hit snags. (you always hit snags)
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I want to pass on some professional advice that I got from a MH technician today about my leaking skylite.

The skylite leaks because when the MH was built they screwed it into the roof material that is only 1/8" thick and down thru the laminate on the insulation that is also only 1/8" thick.

After some years these screws lose grip in such a thin element and you have nothing but the caulking holding it against the roof material.

The Fix:
Around the perimeter of the hole, cut out the insulation (not the roof) back about 2" so a piece of 2x2 can be fitted into the cavity on all 4 sides.

Now replace the caulking and set the skylite in place...rescrew from the top down into the new 2x2's and it will never come loose or leak again.

I'm going to do this next week-end and will report back when I hit snags. (you always hit snags)
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Old 09-25-2006, 02:36 PM   #3
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The skylight in my shower is made differently. It has both a top piece and a bottom piece. The roof is sandwiched between both pieces with bolts. There's a dead air space between the top and bottom that acts as insulation.
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This seems to be the norm for newer coaches. My unit is ten years old. Also the skylite I'm fixing is in the forward/galley area. The one in the shower is exactly the same set up.
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