Roof and ladder question

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I have ladder attached to my RV roof.  The ladder spans out into a rack on the roof.  A screw holding one of the mounts on the roof is stripped.  The RV has a rubber roof.  Is there something I could use to fill the hole with so the screw will hold again?  I didn’t want to use anything that might damage the rubber roof. Craig

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definately low tech-  I just use wooden farmer matches.  Fill the hole with silicone caulk, shove in as many matches as will fill the hole,  drive in the screw.  Wipe down and put another drop of sealant over the screw head.

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I agree with the wooden match sticks.  Most any piece of wood will do.   But, don’t use silicone caulk.  The RV dealer has special caulk for the rubber roof.  It is made by Dicor for the rubber roof. Fill up the hole with the caulk, push in the sticks of wood, put a dab of caulk on top of the wood and then run the screw in. definately low tech-  I just use wooden farmer matches.  Fill the hole with silicone caulk, shove in as many matches as will fill the hole,  drive in the screw.  Wipe down and put another drop of sealant over the screw head. I have ladder attached to my RV roof.  The ladder spans out into a rack on

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I have ladder attached to my RV roof.  The ladder spans out into a rack on the roof.  A screw holding one of the mounts on the roof is stripped.  The RV has a rubber roof.  Is there something I could use to fill the hole with so the screw will hold again?  I didn’t want to use anything that might damage the rubber roof. Craig

        I’ll third the toothpick solution- I would coat a dowel or toothpick with wood glue- then stick it in the hole, let it dry, screw the ladder back down, and caulk with Dicor (no silicone).         The other way I do it in a situation like this is to use a kind of pop rivet which expands like a toggle bolt- but they are hard to find. — Chris Bryant Bryant RV Services- http://www.bryantrv.com

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Wood golf tee.  Put glue on the tee, tap it in, cut it flush. – Hide quoted text — Show quoted text – I have ladder attached to my RV roof.  The ladder spans out into a rack on the roof.  A screw holding one of the mounts on the roof is stripped.  The RV has a rubber roof.  Is there something I could use to fill the hole with so the screw will hold again?  I didn’t want to use anything that might damage the rubber roof. Craig

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Wood golf tee.  Put glue on the tee, tap it in, cut it flush. Craig

While round toothpicks are my plugs of choice, one has to be careful with them – or with matchsticks or golf tees – or you could split the wood when replacing the screw. I speak from experience. I don’t even use glue – I just stuff in toothpicks until they don’t stuff easily. Easily, I say. However, if I’m doing this to an exterior screwhole, I do squirt silicone sealer into the hole before stuffing in the toothpicks. I like toothpicks because they’re small, and will fill most any screwhole just right – you just use more of them. Stick one in, break it off. Keep doing that until one doesn’t go in easily. Throw that one away, and put the screw in. — bill Theory don’t mean squat if it don’t work.

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Wood golf tee.  Put glue on the tee, tap it in, cut it flush. Craig

I would use the rubber plugs that come with the solar panel installation kits.The are about 3/8 " round  and 1/2" long and have a nut molded in the end. The upper part of the plug has a rubber flange.You insert into the hole and insert a small bolt into the nut and tighten up.This will pull the nut up and expand the rubber plug real tight and water prove. I mounted my solar panel with these and it is tight and does not move. Gerry While round toothpicks are my plugs of choice, one has to be careful with them – or with matchsticks or golf tees – or you could split the wood when replacing the screw. I speak from experience. I don’t even use glue – I just stuff in toothpicks until they don’t stuff easily. Easily, I say. However, if I’m doing this to an exterior screwhole, I do squirt silicone sealer into the hole before stuffing in the toothpicks. I like toothpicks because they’re small, and will fill most any screwhole just right – you just use more of them. Stick one in, break it off. Keep doing that until one doesn’t go in easily. Throw that one away, and put the screw in. — bill Theory don’t mean squat if it don’t work.

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