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Old 06-07-2018, 07:37 PM   #1
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So We've Bought Two Cyclone Tank Vents...

... and some roof sealant...
...and some roof cleaner...
Does anyone have any advice for a "mechanical Klutz": for when he tries to install them?

Thanks!
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:28 PM   #2
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Watch videos on YouTube first
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:43 PM   #3
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... and some roof sealant...
...and some roof cleaner...
Does anyone have any advice for a "mechanical Klutz": for when he tries to install them?

Thanks!
RTFM comes to mind??
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The U-Tube video recommends using silicone. NO. Bob, you got the roof sealant, the way to go. I just installed one last week. Works great.
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:53 PM   #5
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I've been "YouTubing" everything that I can find about them...
But since this will be my first attempt at unsealing a sealed roof: I figured it would be a good idea to look for some personal perspectives about the whole process...
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Old 06-07-2018, 10:03 PM   #6
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Bob, get a heavy duty plastic scraper or use a metal one but be careful. Dicor sealant will come up. I used mineral spirits to clean the residue.
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Old 06-07-2018, 10:06 PM   #7
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Plastic scraper: not metal. Got it!
Damaging the roof is probably my greatest fear.
(My second greatest would be about falling off of it! )
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Watch videos, plastic scraper, Dicor self-leveling sealer, mineral spirits, several old rags, 5 gallon bucket to carry everything to the roof. Read instructions twice then read again to be sure! Not hard to do, pick a cool morning to do, be CAREFUL on the ladder, keep cell phone handy. You’ll do fine!!!
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Old 06-07-2018, 11:08 PM   #9
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Is the cellphone going to be up there, for ordering the pizza at the successful conclusion to the project?

I'm continuing to Youtube this topic, and I'm surprised at the different caulking methods that are being used. One fella puts the "caulk" (not Dicor) on both the top and bottom of the flange. He also put a bead on it on his PVC pipe, before seating the Cyclone down over it...

I'm getting some good ideas, and I want to thank you guys for pitching in as well...
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You cant use to much dicorp. Seal it good. Water leaks are your enemy.

Its a fairly easy job. Just take your time

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You cant use to much dicorp. Seal it good. Water leaks are your enemy.

Its a fairly easy job. Just take your time

Jerry
X2 on what Jerry says! Look at and think about where you could have a leak and use Dicor. Dicor is cheap, leaks arenít!
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Old 06-08-2018, 11:53 AM   #12
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Perhaps I should order another tube of the stuff?



Sealant good: leaks bad...

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Old 07-07-2018, 10:09 PM   #13
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Update...

They are right: this is NOT a tough job!
But it STILL took me 90 minutes to install just one of them!

Once the Missus decided that she didn't like ladders or heights: I got my chance at thew plate!
After stripping everything off that might damage the roof: Up I went. I left my shoes at the top of the ladder, and spread out a ground cloth by the first vent.
The Missus pitched me a line, and I made the first of many hauls: this one had the plastic scrapers, a screwdriver, and some cleaning rags. The Sealant that they used around the factory vent came up really easy. I took my time, and got it all out of the way.... and realized how DIRTY the roof was!
Six screws, and the vent was loose. The Missus passed me up the roof cleaner, and I got a nice-sized patch ready for my handiwork!
Up comes the Vent cap, the drill, and my drill bits...
Now I start getting clumsy!
Any of you could have stuck the thing in place, punched three holes in the sides, and had the screws nailed down in no time...
It ain't that easy for this old blind clumsy bird!
Between dropping screws, dropping the flange down over my work, and not being able to find my screwdriver: I kept myself busy for WAYYYY to long!
But once I got it screwed into place: the sealant slopped on pretty quick, and we called it a day...

...There was some motorcycle riding to do...


I'll finish the other vent tomorrow, and even take some pictures!
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Old 07-07-2018, 10:40 PM   #14
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They are right: this is NOT a tough job!
But it STILL took me 90 minutes to install just one of them!

Once the Missus decided that she didn't like ladders or heights: I got my chance at thew plate!
After stripping everything off that might damage the roof: Up I went. I left my shoes at the top of the ladder, and spread out a ground cloth by the first vent.
The Missus pitched me a line, and I made the first of many hauls: this one had the plastic scrapers, a screwdriver, and some cleaning rags. The Sealant that they used around the factory vent came up really easy. I took my time, and got it all out of the way.... and realized how DIRTY the roof was!
Six screws, and the vent was loose. The Missus passed me up the roof cleaner, and I got a nice-sized patch ready for my handiwork!
Up comes the Vent cap, the drill, and my drill bits...
Now I start getting clumsy!
Any of you could have stuck the thing in place, punched three holes in the sides, and had the screws nailed down in no time...
It ain't that easy for this old blind clumsy bird!
Between dropping screws, dropping the flange down over my work, and not being able to find my screwdriver: I kept myself busy for WAYYYY to long!
But once I got it screwed into place: the sealant slopped on pretty quick, and we called it a day...

...There was some motorcycle riding to do...


I'll finish the other vent tomorrow, and even take some pictures!
Good work Bob. The next one will take half the time.

Sounds like you removed the old dicorp first, then the screws/old vent.
Might save some time to just use the drill with driver bit to remove the screws. Dicorp will come off with the screws. Might have to poke scrapper on top of the screw for the bit. Then pry off vent. More dicorp will come off with the vent. Then you only need to clean whats left on the roof.

Remember this is fun work. I always enjoy working on tge mh.

Jerry
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Old 07-07-2018, 11:28 PM   #15
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I was thinking about that procedural change...
Tomorrow: we'll tackle it early!
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At least we'll be fully prepared for "Snark Week"!
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Old 07-08-2018, 03:23 PM   #17
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Our "Sharknado" camoflage is complete!

This one only took an hour. It would have been far less time; but I started so early, that the Dicor wasn't in the mood to be peeled loose yet!
Our roof was put on by someone who knew their business. But the vent cap? Not so much! Every mounting screw went in at about a 45 degree angle. I could just about tell where the person had been sitting; while they were putting it in place!

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Looks good Bob.

After the dicorp set i went back up and put another layer of dicorp. Just to widen the sealed area and to make sure there was no water entry point. Over kill im sure but it only took a couple minutes to do

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Looks like a Great job!!! I did it a little differently than Jerry, I just put a butt load of Dicor on to begin with!!! Lol
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Looks like a Great job!!! I did it a little differently than Jerry, I just put a butt load of Dicor on to begin with!!! Lol
I like to let it settle and level. then add more if it looks like it needs it or not
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