At the Purcari Winery in the village of Purcari, Moldova. Photo taken December 7, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Tiraspol, Transnistria...the country that doesn't exist.

Where are they going next? Northern Moldova. Arrive December 11th.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Now I have the materials...

Had a heavy box arrive at the post office the other day. I knew what was in it. The materials to do Sherman's roof refurbishment.

The first step is to re-do the caulking. I'm going to dig out most of the old stuff and replace it with new. Over the years, the original caulking has just been touched up where it has cracked, and some of the touch up caulking has also been touched up itself! So I want to replace most of it from scratch.

Two quarts of of activator, two gallons of coating, and three tubes of self leveling caulking. All for $359 CAD ($275 USD), shipping and tax included. Pricey stuff.

Of course you need to do the job on a day where it's not going to rain, and preferably two days in a row to give the caulking a chance to cure. Then, the caulking has to cure for at least 7 days before the coating itself can be applied on the roof. The coating also goes on top of the caulking, so it is an added layer of protection.

Most of our campers are heading out today and we've hardly got any booked in, so it's looking like tomorrow (Monday) is going to be a good day from a weather perspective to get the first step finished up.

Maybe we'll even make it out for a hike at some point this week!





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  1. Not a bad deal for an almost new roof you will have. You will have your work cut out for you though.
    Good luck.

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    1. Yes he sure will but it will be worth it!

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  2. A hike - it has been a while since things have been that quiet there.

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    1. It definitely has been! We haven't been out for a hike here since arriving, we are well due for one.

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  3. Good luck doing the roof, I did mine a few years ago with the same coating bu I had to thin it out a little with mineral spirits it sure made it easier to apply you don't need much have fun it was one of our techs told me about it.

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    1. I am sure Kevin will figure it all out as he goes. Good thing he worked in the auto body repair and painting business in his past life, I am sure that will be a benefit.

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  4. Definitely interested in how it goes. $300 for an effectively new roof is really not that pricey, if you consider all the alternatives. Will you be removing all the solar panel mounting hardware?

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    1. Good question, and I've decided not to in this particular instance. I know that the screw holes that hold the brackets onto the roof are well sealed since I did the installation myself. And I know that the roofing material under the panels is still in decent shape since it hasn't been weathered over the past 7 years. And there are no areas of caulking underneath the panels. So I'm simply going to roll the material around them. The downside is that a very minor amount of water will not be able to drain from those areas, but it won't be much and it will quickly evaporate. I think it will do more harm than good to remove them at this time.

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  5. Don't forget to take photos of your work! Good luck, it's a tough job but worth it when you see the results.

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    1. Not to worry Karyn Lee, there will be pictures! :-)

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  6. Kevin, the amazon.ca link is dead.

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  7. Kevin, my question is entirely off topic but nevertheless....a while ago you told us you were searching for the ideal GPS that had maps for US, Canada and most importantly Mexico. I know you bought a GPS but can't find the post telling us of the type or cost. Can you remind me what you would recommend that would include Mexico maps ? Thank you very much. Alison

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    1. Hi Alison. I was looking for either the Garmin nuvi 2555LMT or the 2595LMT. I ended up buying the 2595LMT at $119.95. I'm afraid I can't yet give you any kind of a review because I haven't even opened the box yet! However I'm quite confident that I'll be happy with it, and I would have been just as happy with the 2555LMT.

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    2. Thanks Kevin. Who knows perhaps our GPS coordinates will coincide during our travels and Sherman and Goldie will meet somewhere

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  8. I heat gun will help get that caulking out real easy but a hairdryer is a lot safer Especially with your old rubber roof
    Done it a couple of times it's not fun
    Enjoy your job

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    1. We don't have a heat gun but he may try the hairdryer to see how that works at getting the old caulking off. Thanks for the suggestion.

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