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Old 11-11-2015, 11:16 AM   #1
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Frameless Window Leaks

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I have been chasing a water leak in my garage area for quite some time now....would have water pooling during times of rain. I have to assume that the window has leaked from day one, just never saw it because we kept the garage carpet in place...which has discolored from remaining wet for long periods of time (the carpet does a good job of staying dry on top, while keeping water underneath it...)

Now, I removed a section of diamond paneling and the college fridge cabinet door. Found that the water was between the wall and diamond plating. Went outside and sprayed the side of the trailer with water and wife saw water leaking from the window. So, in the rain and awning out, we removed the window, only to find that the seal around one of the top window corners was folded and not sealed against the trailer. Ran to the hardware store, bought 3/4 inch x 10 ft vinyl seal, put around the window and reinstalled. The bad part, the window hole is actually too big for the window, there is very little tolerance for window placement.

Today, I am going to remove the inside frame and spray in some closed cell, minimal expanding DAP foam. This should do two things for me, waterproof the gap and put some insulation in the gap while cutting down on some draft.



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Old 11-11-2015, 12:56 PM   #2
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I had a similar problem with our Kodiak 300BHSL bedroom window... turned out that the caulking along the top of the window wasn't properly applied and there was a gap in one location along the top edge. Easily corrected with standard window clear caulking. No further problems since then.
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Old 11-12-2015, 12:16 AM   #3
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Cale,
While you are at it, take a look from inside garage cabinet for fridge and look at the out side fridge acces hatch, I could see daylight because they cut the opening almost 1 inch all the way around bigger than the hatch frame.
I guess thats to help the blind installers hit the hole with the hatch.
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Old 11-12-2015, 08:53 AM   #4
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Thom,

I knew that the wx seal wasn't the great on the door, because I do find water in with the fridge, enough such that the Lazy Susan has swollen from water...but when I had the inside door off while sitting in the garage, I just shook my head, you can see daylight all around it.

On a side note, I think I was having water intrusion at the black strip that runs around the trailer. I pulled the black part way off and saw a screw hole with no screw....fished a pipe cleaner through it....and wouldn't you guess it, she popped out on the inside...I think I will be taking all that black trim down to seal behind it. I wouldn't be surprised if sealant was left off those screws too....

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My front entry door, can see daylight near the bottom. An easy fix, but does not make me comfortable about the quality of the build.
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My garage door shines like that.
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