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Old 05-17-2021, 09:58 AM   #1
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Roof Wi-fi Antenna blowing off

Took my new Roo 183 out for the first time this past wknd. While at camp, i noticed the roof Wi-fi antenna had started to "peel" off the roof. Upon investigation, it looks like most of the screws had pulled out as well as the caulking/sealant (see pic). I think this was all wind related.
Has this happened to anyone else?

Already been having issues w my dealer so may have to fix this myself. maybe sealant or liquid nails in the holes and re-insert the screws? Or bigger screws?

Also tempted to just ditch the antenna as i can never see using it and just put a patch over the whole thing.

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Old 05-17-2021, 10:48 AM   #2
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From the pic it looks like you hit something there;s a divot out of the face of the disk part of the antenna. I think I would clean it up glue some tooth pics in the screw holes and reinstall it. JMHO
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I'd clean everything up and I would Fill the holes with epoxy and reinsert the screws, and then I'd use Eternabond to reseal the base to the roof. That would seal it as well as help hold it in place.

While repairing it check close for soft wood around the area, just in case there was a leak that caused the screws to become loose.
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Old 05-17-2021, 10:57 AM   #4
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From the pic it looks like you hit something there;s a divot out of the face of the disk part of the antenna. I think I would clean it up glue some tooth pics in the screw holes and reinstall it. JMHO
thx. yea i kinda wondered if i hit something but it would've had to be something flying around in the air (ie bird, trash) since there weren't any trees or anything else i could've hit on the way down.
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Depending on the condition of the original screw holes, it may behoove you to shift the antenna left or right an inch or so. That gets all screws into new wood.

I'm skeptical about toothpicks in the screw holes being enough to make it secure. For a cabinet door, yes; for a roof accessory exposed to 60+ MPH winds, no.

Old holes will be exposed only on one side. Cover them with Eternabond tape when you reseal the antenna.

Clean off all old sealant before doing anything.
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Old 05-17-2021, 12:20 PM   #6
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Depending on the condition of the original screw holes, it may behoove you to shift the antenna left or right an inch or so. That gets all screws into new wood.

I'm skeptical about toothpicks in the screw holes being enough to make it secure. For a cabinet door, yes; for a roof accessory exposed to 60+ MPH winds, no.

Old holes will be exposed only on one side. Cover them with Eternabond tape when you reseal the antenna.

Clean off all old sealant before doing anything.
yea that's a possibility as well. wonder if i should use different screws? something coarser maybe. aren't those rood some kind of composite insulation or something?
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Old 05-17-2021, 03:08 PM   #7
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yea that's a possibility as well. wonder if i should use different screws? something coarser maybe. aren't those rood some kind of composite insulation or something?
There are various types of anchors with legs that spread. I don't know if I'd go with Molly bolts or toggle bolts, but maybe these. This assortment has anchors that accept #6, #8, and #10 screws. Use anchors that accept the same size screw as was used before. You would pre-drill the holes the appropriate size and tap the anchors in with a hammer. Re-caulk the antenna including covering the screw heads.
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yea that's a possibility as well. wonder if i should use different screws? something coarser maybe. aren't those rood some kind of composite insulation or something?
Whatever screws they used before are good enough to work for the antennae that don't get hit with something and no screw will resist that kind of impact. If you use a bigger screw the hole it will leave when it gets ripped out will be more work to patch than the standard screw.

The above is the opinion of some guy on the internet. Make your own judgement.
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