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Old 10-02-2018, 01:18 PM
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The awning on my RV trailer developed some deterioration from UV exposure. Picked up some Flex Seal tape to cover the exposed top side of the rolled up portion of the awning. Cleaned it off with alcohol and applied the tape.

The tape is a PITA to work with. Stick it on and peel the backing as you go. The rolls are only 5' long x 4" widw so had to use 3 rolls at $5 a roll. On the positive side it did stick well. The intent was to get a few more years out of the awning before I have to replace it.

First two pics were from below where you can see the holes. Last pics with the tape applied.

While up there did some patching on the roof, of the self leveling caulk, where some cracks in the original caulk had developed. One tube of caulk was $19.
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Old 10-02-2018, 06:26 PM
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When I fixed one that I had, I removed the fabric and had a friend with a commercial machine sew a new Eye in the end. Then I put the plastic wire piece back in and reinserted it into the extrusion. This made it nearly as new, just 8" shorter. Everything still opened and worked as it should.
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Old 10-02-2018, 06:50 PM
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When I fixed one that I had, I removed the fabric and had a friend with a commercial machine sew a new Eye in the end. Then I put the plastic wire piece back in and reinserted it into the extrusion. This made it nearly as new, just 8" shorter. Everything still opened and worked as it should.
I had the same thought, but no friend with an industrial sewing machine.
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Old 10-02-2018, 09:46 PM
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Do you know anyone with an old treadle sewing machine?

I have an old Singer 66 treadle that I have used to sew 8 layers of heavy canvas together. You just need to get a package of heavy needles.
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Old 10-02-2018, 10:08 PM
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Do you know anyone with an old treadle sewing machine?

I have an old Singer 66 treadle that I have used to sew 8 layers of heavy canvas together. You just need to get a package of heavy needles.
Nope. Wish I did. Hell even the missus does not sew. Has 3 machines that just sit around.
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Old 10-03-2018, 01:39 PM
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Nope. Wish I did. Hell even the missus does not sew. Has 3 machines that just sit around.
My wife doesn't sew either, about 45 years ago I asked her to sew up one of my shirt pockets, so she reaches over and ripped the pocket clean off, and said there end of problem. I kind of got the idea there was no more sewing going on in our house. When we were first married I wanted her to start sewing so I bought her s machine and a dress pattern and I made the dress (its like sheet metal work) and from there on the machine sat and rusted up. But she is one hell of a cook
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Old 10-03-2018, 02:42 PM
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My wife doesn't sew either, about 45 years ago I asked her to sew up one of my shirt pockets, so she reaches over and ripped the pocket clean off, and said there end of problem. I kind of got the idea there was no more sewing going on in our house. When we were first married I wanted her to start sewing so I bought her s machine and a dress pattern and I made the dress (its like sheet metal work) and from there on the machine sat and rusted up. But she is one hell of a cook
Same thing here.
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Pat can sew but rarely does work clothes get patched with latex glue .Yes by me .
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Hey chris, got a source for that repair tape? The stuff my local RV store recommends is way expensive. (it's seam tape, seems like overkill to me)

I've got 2 awnings that need attention, both a little farther gone than yours was/is.

Thanks, RED

PS. I do the sewing in my house, learned by hanging around the sail loft. I taught all my girls, but none of them care to do it anymore. Sadly, no commercial machine. I'm moving tools/stuff out, not in, too old to fight with it anymore.
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Old 10-04-2018, 08:49 AM
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Hey chris, got a source for that repair tape? The stuff my local RV store recommends is way expensive. (it's seam tape, seems like overkill to me)

I've got 2 awnings that need attention, both a little farther gone than yours was/is.

Thanks, RED

PS. I do the sewing in my house, learned by hanging around the sail loft. I taught all my girls, but none of them care to do it anymore. Sadly, no commercial machine. I'm moving tools/stuff out, not in, too old to fight with it anymore.
I got mine at Menard's. I see Walmart has it too. In addition to the tape they also have a liquid too. Also noted I quoted the wrong price. It is not $5. it is $12.98 a 5' roll.
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