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Old 09-22-2015, 04:18 PM   #1
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Small awning holes that drip!

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Forgive me for asking about awning repair when there are other threads but I have a different problem than most. My awning drips from the underside when it rains hard. At first I thought it came through where the fabric meets the channel but then I saw several tiny holes where my *&$##% neighbor's overgrown hedge scrapes against the awning. They are 2-3 inches from the top and they are only perhaps the size of a pencil tip. 1/8 inch perhaps. I want to fill or patch the holes but I'd rather not put something obvious on the top because it is the part that shows when rolled up. We replaced it a few years ago and it still looks good. I have 2 questions then:

1- Has anyone filled or patched little holes successfully? What about silicone in the hole and sail tape underneath? Sneaker goo?

2- If it is coming in along the place where the fabric meets the channel what then? Does this happen?

I am tired of getting dripped on under my own awning! We move this way and that. We move away from the RV a bit but it runs down and drips lower too! Arrrrgggghhhh!
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Old 09-22-2015, 05:42 PM   #2
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Vinyl awning or woven acrylic fiber? Vinyl can be patches with a special vinyl cement or most any clear sealer. Acrylic could be patched that way too, if used sparingly. Something that dries fairly quickly, since you obviously don't want to roll it up while the sealer is still sticky.

There are also clear sealer tapes that can be used (primarily for larger tears).

Carefree sells a product for plugging small holes, but I think you can use most any flexible sealer. Loctite makes a couple that should work and are available at Walmarts and home stores. Loctite Stik 'n Seal Outdoors or Stik 'n Seal Extreme should do fine.

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Old 09-23-2015, 10:05 AM   #3
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Shurtape P665 will do the trick.
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Repair tape solved my problem where I scraped a sign. Should work for you.
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Old 09-23-2015, 10:44 AM   #5
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Thanks guys. I'll let you know how it works.
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Don't forget to have your neighbor trim his $%^&$# bush to prevent further damage.
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Don't know about FL, but here and the other states I've lived in I could cut the hedge back to the property line, even if the neighbor does not want me to.
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Same here in TN, but normally them to do it first. Of course I am lucky enough to have very good neighbors.
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Don't know about FL, but here and the other states I've lived in I could cut the hedge back to the property line, even if the neighbor does not want me to.
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Same here in TN, but normally them to do it first. Of course I am lucky enough to have very good neighbors.
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Don't forget to have your neighbor trim his $%^&$# bush to prevent further damage.
Yes. Problem is that the %#@@&! neighbor won't and yes I did. Not easy with hand tools on a 15' overgrown mess that is 50' long. It is on the property line/driveway edge. Good story though. Old neighbor kept it perfect! His wife divorced him. The judge gave her everything. Turned out she was sleeping with said Ms. Judge and they moved in together. She sold it to a developer and it is now waiting to become part of a complex. It's South Florida.
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I'd "fertilize" that hedge with a good dose of Mortons pellets. The hedge will be gone in 6 months.
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I'd "fertilize" that hedge with a good dose of Mortons pellets. The hedge will be gone in 6 months.
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You could also try this:
Mix in one gallon sprayer,
1QT vinegar
1cup salt (any kind)
mix until salt gone.
1cup dish soap (any kind)
fill with water, let stand over night
Next day spray bushes. Be careful anything that is green that this gets on will die.
Bushes should be dead or dying in about 10 days.
I use this for weed control. Works in 2 days on weeds.
Before you do this check on legality, if bushes are on property line, don't know in FL how that works.
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Something to try is a good "seam sealant" for tents. Should be available at any outdoors shop.
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