A little while back Ayo was away for a week or so and I put that time to good use. This included my going into hyperdrive with RV work. Among other things, while she was out East, I:
- fixed and lubricated hinges on our cabinets and doors
- properly mounted our fire extinguisher
- tightened all cabinet and drawer handles, and replaced some broken rail components
- washed the RV
- replaced our fridge bulb
- installed a new fresh water flange
- changed our A/C filter
- borrowed a shop vac to clean our rug
- replaced every window frame screw (the heads on the old screws were rusting)
- found a dead cell in one of our batteries
- figured out how to clean our carpeted ceiling
- finally found our small propane leak and… installed a new stove(!)
- properly installed our overcab vent shade
I’ll write separately about the window frame screws and stove installation, but installing a new fresh water flange is one of those very simple fixes with two easy-to-screw-up elements. Let’s quickly walk through the install, making note of those two ‘be careful’ parts for those of you who might do the same.
Remove the old flange, obviously. Scrape away the old putty.
Thing #1 that you can screw up: Not having or using putty tape. You need this stuff to seal out moisture.
Connect your new flange. Thing #2 that you can screw up: You need to pressurize the system after connecting your new flange and prior to screwing it into place. That way you can check for leaks and tighten if need be – without having to disassemble the whole thing.
Get some screws that won’t rust.
Lay down a circle of putty tape on the RV around the rim of where you’re going to place the flange. Press the flange into the putty tape and screw it into place.
Pressurize one more time to check for leaks, and keep your fingers crossed. Ayo is happy that I’ve somehow become handy.
posted by yair