Repair under way!

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  1. Brightonian

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    Well,, made a start on repairing damp in MH and it's not as bad as i thought (hope i haven't tempted fate saying that:cautious:)

    Got a mate who's gonna help me, he's very practical so all in all gone from feeling quite depressed about it to feeling quite confident.(y)

    This is the damp area
     

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    Damp area ? I think you need to rename it the "shallow end" :)
    Seriously, once you've pulled that stuff away and sorted the source of the ingress, it shouldn't be too bad to repair, always easier if you have a willing mate to help too. Good luck.
     
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    ouch... good luck ..

    and post pictures of progress.. will help others
     
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    Best of luck, way beyond anything I could take on, have you identified where the water got in yet?
     
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    Looks like the window seals, if you need any professional help, we are not that far from Brighton

    Peter
     
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    Blimey good luck with that one. At least you know the job is going to be done properly and will last you years.
     
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    You're well on the way now you've stripped back to the source. Having a knowledgeable / handy mate helps get your head straight too, well done; it won't go away by ignoring it so hit on, summers coming.

    If it ever happens again you'll feel a lot more confident stripping out and rebuilding.
     
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  8. Brightonian

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    Thanks Jim, will do!(y)

    Yes looks like its coming through window and also to the far right behind front seat where there's a join!
    Going to try and do it right! hopefully will last years(y)
     
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    Thanks Popeye, got to take it back a bit more hopefully won't find to much more!
     
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    That looks well doable. Find the leak, a hosepipe might help, then make sure everything to seriously dry before you rebuild.
     
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    Good idea using hosepipe will give it a go. I will re silicone that whole side just to be sure.
     
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    If you can, it's best to remove the window and really clean everything up rather then going Rambo with a silicon gun.
     
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    Don't use silicone, it'll create more problems. If you're feeling flush, use sikaflex or a polyurethane mastic from a motor factors (Tigerseal) and @Terry recommends one from Toolstation. Might need a non setting mastic around the window although I'm not sure but someone will be along shortly to advise. (y)
     
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    I've got 3/4 of a sheet of that wall board spare! Had to do a small area of my last van. Not as extensive as your problem though.
     
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    Yes going to go the whole hog and remove window, clean up and replace rubber seal rotten wood and sikaflex where needed

    Thanks for the offer but it's just a bit far for me to travel and i think i can buy some not far from me in Lancing(y)
     
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    Yes meant to say sikaflex(y) Got this one hope it's a good one? It's made by Sika imgres.jpg
     
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    toolstation Puraflex 40only £4.10ish a tube -if you are useing sealant on window you don't need a new gasket ;) EDIT the above is good
    terry
     
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    More Pics.

    Taken bench seat and water heater out and you can see just how rotten wood is!

    One lesson learnt is not to force anything and use the proper tool for the job:cautious: You can see from last picture
    i have cracked the fiberglass when removing the boiler:(
     

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    Hi
    i did a caravan many years ago and were i joined new wood the old frame I used wood
    hardener made a very good waterproof job.
     
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    You are obviously up to the job. It's, what, 5% of the total van. Just stick at it, nice and slowly.

    Fibreglass is dead easy to fix, especially if you can get at the back where you don't have to be so neat.

    PS. That will take some drying out, rig up curtains and blow in warm air for weeks, I did.
     
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