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Old 05-26-2020, 07:43 PM   #1
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Leaking Shower Skylight

We have some discoloration of ceiling fabric from water intrusion at the edges of the shower skylight


So, I removed the upholstery buttons from one side of the shower skylight hole where some water staining was also evident.

The buttons covered nailed fasteners.

These are the first nails I have found in the rig.

I need to remove the ultraleather upholstery surround to view the leak damage, if any. To do so, the nails and their surrounds need to be removed.

How does one carefully remove this type of hardware?
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Interesting to say the least. I had to take my surrounds down and there were screws under the buttons.
One thought would be to use a drill bit and drill the nail heads off. That could take some effort to take all four boards down.
Maybe the screws are rusted enough to look like nails?
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You need a #2 (think so) square driving bit. Home Depot or Lowes has it.
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You need a #2 (think so) square driving bit. Home Depot or Lowes has it.
That's called a Robertson !

It's a Canadian thing !!
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There is no recess in the nail head.

I do not see a way for the square drive bit to turn that smooth nail head.

I will grab a photo of the situation tomorrow and post it here.

No rust visible to this point.
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I took off one of my caps for the same thing and saw the recess screw. Gee, CC kept changing stuff...
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That's called a Robertson !

It's a Canadian thing !!
Good to know another name of it... How I got to know it was when I upgraded my bulky TV 9 years ago I had to go grab the driving bit from HD to remove the recessed screws for the original cabinet.
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Hey Dean I had a leak in mine also. Standing in coach looking forward my left front corner leaked a little dripping right into shower.
Tried Dicor and still dripped. Did enternabond around skylight and has been good now for a few years. I removed my lite near leak and everything looked clean and dry.
For the nails. Maybe break the price were the nail head is so you can get a small pry bar or a pair of vice grips on it and pull/twist.
Then some new screw caps
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Mike, thanks for the info and experience details.

Our leak inside the shower is at the forward aisle corner of the skylight.

I also did the Dicor thing. That was a fail.

This was a new event during the Spring and only noticed by the surrounding ceiling fabric staining. We do have one drip evident inside the shower.

Did you do anything in the shower area or did the eternabond application become the sole solution. (As usual, I am looking for something simple).
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I had a leak around the skylight a couple of years ago also. I took eturnabond and went around the outside of the skylight. I covered any screws and all of the dicor. No leaks since. I have since coated my roof and had several inspections and the tape is holding up good.
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Dean the enternabond worked great for me.
The edge of my ceiling next to sky light loosened up ever so slightly. I took a all and poked around and was solid. I used a spray adhesive to re attach.
I had a slight stain also and used this from Home Depot or Lowe’s spray mist and pat with paper towel.
Took a few times letting dry before each treatment

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...I had a slight stain also and used this [Folex] from Home Depot or Lowe’s spray mist and pat with paper towel.
Took a few times letting dry before each treatment
Folex...Great stuff. I've used it for years! I keep a bottle in the Motorhome also. Works best with a stiff hair brush. However, I put too much once and had to have a professional remove the mess I made...LOL...a little goes a long way.
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I have cleaned the fabric ceiling with Oxy 10 and carpet shampoo.

Our carpet machine makes short work of it with one pass since it is usually dust and water stain.

Eternabond is on its way, to save the Day!

Thanks to all for the assist!
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Mike & Dean, between them - hav a 'Bit of experience!!'.... But, I'll share that I have a friend with a recent experience of solar dome leaking via the hairline cracks from UV wear on the dome itself. External layer allows moisture to leak/condensate inside of the inner layer, which then runs down the inside surface until it build up enough wick itself out into surround areas. (Not alone in this. Many coaches have sound looking protection of sealant/Eternabond where the perimeter of the dome connects with the roof. But still have leaks via the aged/brittle,UV damaged external pane of the dome.).

So for those with leaks that are not obvious, or stopped via sealant/Eternabond - take a good look at that outside layer of the dome for hairline cracks...

Best to all, and to all - a DRY INSIDE OF THE COACH!
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