After finishing up my taillight job yesterday, I felt like I was on a roll getting things done, so I dug out my brand-new in-the-box roof vent fan, unpacked it, and in doing so, guaranteed that I couldn't leave it sitting around in my way for another year and would have to install it pretty quickly. But unfortunately, the day was cloudy and threatening rain, so I didn't dare get up on the roof to remove my old vent.
At least I've got everything ready to do the job the next time I get motivated, possibly tomorrow. But I have been known to sink back into an unmotivated state of mind for long periods, but the more things I have sitting around, the better the chance I will want to complete a job and get all of its bits and pieces out of my way.
So I've gathered together a roll of butyl sealant tape that seals the area between the vent fan and Lance's roof. This stuff will last a very long time if you can keep it away from the sun's UVs, which will cause it to harden up and get brittle, and then possibly leak. I've got a roll of EternaBond sealant tape which seals up the screw holes that holds the vent to the roof, covers all of the butyl sealant tape so it doesn't harden, and acts as a double seal to keep the water out In case there's a leak in the butyl sealant tape. And, of course, all the tools I need to do the job.
A long time ago, I used to use the old standby Dicor self-leveling caulk, and I still use it for a few odds and ends, but for Important sealing jobs where I want it to last almost forever, so I don't have to keep it redoing it, I use the Eternabond tape. I've got some places on the Arctic Fox where I used Eternabond tape that's about ten years old and still looks new.
Since I was boondocking and using solar panels for my electricity long before I became a full-timer, it became apparent that I would spend most of my time camping in the sun so my solar panels would work efficiently instead of camping in the shade where most folks want to be. And, of course, all of that sun that I needed for the solar panels was slowly destroying the various sealants on the roof. And being too lazy to keep repairing things on the roof, which severely cut into my relaxing time, I started using the EternaBond tape, which apparently was invented for lazy people like me who didn't want to climb up on a wet roof in a lightning storm to fix a leak.
The EternaBond tape looks like it's more expensive than the self-leveling caulk. But, I only have to put it on once, and after ten years, I see no sign of deterioration or leaking, and I don't have to buy more caulk to continuously touch up the old caulk; so I reckon it's actually cheaper.
This blog post ended up sounding like an advertisement for EternaBond when it was meant to be a post about me working on my vent fan. But because of my lack of preparation, when I start writing a blog post, I never know which way it will go because I write on the fly about whatever interests me while I'm writing. And apparently I'm more enamored of EternaBond tape than my roof vent fan.
flower box on main Street.
Main Street Buena Vista Colorado. The old building on the right has a Mason symbol on the top, so it was probably a Masonic Lodge.
1883 Town Hall In Buena vista. Still in use of course.