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Old 03-21-2016, 05:38 PM   #1
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Replacing skylight

I reported a while ago about a leaky skylight. It was slathered with Dicor as a stop gap; it was fine for a while but has started to leak again.m

I normally would call a mobile RV tech, but I'd be paying for 2 visits- one to tell me, "yup, it needs replaced", they'd order it, and then a second to come install it. I feel like it can't be that hard to do it myself:
- remove screws on inside cover
- remove Dicor on outside cover
- find and remove outside screws
- remove skylight
- place new one in position and reverse steps

I *think* the only hard part is removing the Dicor. I don't know how to do that and not damage the roof.

And for the reinstall- would you opt for Dicor or Eternabond?

And bluntly- given my know how, would you recommend I just call someone?
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Old 03-22-2016, 08:49 AM   #2
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Has anyone replaced their skylight before?
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Has anyone replaced their skylight before?
Doug, you can do it, just be patient and get in the right mind set that you are just as competent as anyone else.

Use a hair dryer to soften the Dicor and a putty knife and be prepared for a time consuming, messy job. Plenty of paper towels to put the removed debris in, acetone to clean. I would use Eternabond over the screws and rope caulking under the flange of the skylight.
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Use a hair dryer to soften the Dicor and be prepared for a time consuming, messy job. Plenty of paper towels to put the removed debris in, acetone to clean. I would use Eternabond over the screws and rope caulking under the flange of the skylight.

Rope caulk?
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Rope caulk?
It comes in about 1" wide strips of individual beads that you can separate if needed. Just make sure it's warm. It's kinda like the old dum dum car manufacturers used years ago. You can make balls out of it for holes, etc. Good stuff and never hardens.
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It comes in about 1" wide strips of individual beads that you can separate if needed. Just make sure it's warm. It's kinda like the old dum dum car manufacturers used years ago. You can make balls out of it for holes, etc. Good stuff and never hardens.

Thanks. I'll look it up.
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A plastic putty knife would be my choice. Round the corners off with a file
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When I did mine I replaced it with a Lexan Skylight. Butyl tape under the flange. 8 pre drilled screw holes in the flange to secure to roof and 4 inch wide Eternabond tape covering the flange (and screw heads) completely with sufficient overlap onto the roof (used small roller on Eternabond). Toughest part was removal of old lap sealant. Never had an issue from then on.
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When I did mine I replaced it with a Lexan Skylight. Butyl tape under the flange. 8 pre drilled screw holes in the flange to secure to roof and 4 inch wide Eternabond tape covering the flange (and screw heads) completely with sufficient overlap onto the roof (used small roller on Eternabond). Toughest part was removal of old lap sealant. Never had an issue from then on.

Where did you get your skylight? And any more tips on removing the old sealant/how do I remove it?
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