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Old 05-18-2021, 03:42 AM   #1
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Exterior trim popping screw heads off ...

I was up on the roof replacing my sun-beat rubber antenna mast & my eyes caught this ... looks like the trim that joins the front cap to the sidewall got stressed & popped the screw head right off! Wasn't like this at my last seal inspection several months ago.

Now, in NC, I'm not surprised as my RV unfortunately is living outside now and the temperature swings this time of year can be quite dramatic.

My question to all would be how to re-secure as I'm darn-near certain I'll not be able to extract the broken screw inside the body.

First, I gotta figure out how to remove whatever glue-based silicone sealant Thor decided to use here ... the stuff collects every bit of muck that hits it! After, I figured I'd just have to come to the left or right of the broken screw with a new fastener & re-seal.






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Old 05-18-2021, 04:22 AM   #2
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They make screw extractors..Amazon has and someone highly recommended this
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Old 05-18-2021, 07:26 PM   #3
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Probably can't use an Ezy Out on something that small. If you decide to remove the broken screw, an option is to use a rotary tool with a small carving bit. Gently grind around the broken part and remove with a pair of small needle nose or forceps. Fill back in with marine epoxy. I did something similar when I replace our tail lights.
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Old 05-18-2021, 08:01 PM   #4
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First, I gotta figure out how to remove whatever glue-based silicone sealant Thor decided to use here ... the stuff collects every bit of muck that hits it! After, I figured I'd just have to come to the left or right of the broken screw with a new fastener & re-seal.
That's what I would do.
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Old 05-18-2021, 09:51 PM   #5
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I would drill another one right beside about 1-2" away. Seal and good. Should be a steel support behind it? Magnet or a stud finder might be needed.
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Old 05-19-2021, 02:43 AM   #6
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They make screw extractors..Amazon has and someone highly recommended this
Yeah .. in this case, the screw head in the picture is what's left in the extruded aluminum - it'll easily come off. It's what's left of it in the body that'll likely not be removable.
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