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Old 10-11-2019, 07:00 PM   #1
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Holes in storage compartment doors normal?

Was wondering if these holes in the compartment doors are normal? The top holes have silicone in them, but the sides and bottom holes are open. Was wondering if that's for drainage or are they not supposed to be open? It's like this on all the outside doors.
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Old 10-11-2019, 07:24 PM   #2
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It sure looks like there are screws missing... but... in FR's ever increasing effort to make things more inexpensive, (cheap) it could be they are now simply 'steaking' the trim onto the door by making dimples in the metal around the door frame.

I have no other explanation why ALL the doors are that way.
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It almost looks like a rivet in the hole on the left. (Silver ring?)
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Those are weep holes to let any water from condensation to exit at the bottom. The doors can be oriented in different directions, hinged on the top, side, or bottom. Once that is determined and they're mounted, the holes in the sides and top should be sealed, the bottom left open. That would evidently cost a few cents so they don't do it. Eventually water can enter in those top or side holes, and if enough gets in it can bubble the panel.

Its just the manufacturer being cheap, not unlike Rockwood / Flagstaff now using closed cell foam gaskets on windows, lights, and other exterior items instead of butyl tape. Pull any off and you'll see signs of water intrusion.
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so would it be wise for me to put some silicone in the side holes?
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Old 10-12-2019, 09:08 AM   #6
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so would it be wise for me to put some silicone in the side holes?
Not a bad idea, I would use some Geocel, leave the bottom holes open.
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Old 10-12-2019, 01:37 PM   #7
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These are in the top of one of my doors which is hinged on bottom and swings down. Those were sealed by Rockwood but only on this one door. The other 5 were not touched.

Its also not a bad idea to clear caulk the entire perimeter frame on the outside. If you pull the frame off on a door you'll see why.Attachment 217122
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It came back as an invalid attachment, so I didn't see the picture. Thank you for trying.
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Looks like there were screws in 'em at one time. You can see the "ring" from the screw head.
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Looks like there were screws in 'em at one time. You can see the "ring" from the screw head.
I thought that too but if the factory used a pointed punch to 'stake' those holes, the tool would have made the same mark.
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At first I thought the same thing. But you can tell that there has never been a screw or rivet in them. The Styrofoam butts right up against the trim with no punctures or hole in it from a rivet or screw. That's why I was confused, thought maybe they punched out the trim for a screw and just didn't put them in.
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