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Old 06-25-2011, 06:44 PM   #1
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Default Shading the shower sky light

You might recall I had posted about having a crack in the outside "bubble" of my shower sky light. Well, the patch seems to be pretty well water tight. I had taken the inner panel down to allow things to dry out and to inspect for leaks. With the major thunderstorms we have had of late, I am now certain there are no leaks and it's time to put the inner panel back up.

Then I had a thought. Since the sunlight coming down through the skylight is so intensely bright and heats up the trailer, too, why not temper it just a bit while we have the skylight apart?

I needed something just laying around, something paid for that I don't have to go get. After some scratching about, I came up with, get this, parchment paper. (Bakers paper)

First I cut a piece to fit the clear opening in the panel. Then I discovered that no kind of tape will stick to parchment paper. I didn't want to use a permanent adhesive either. So I just pulled a large piece off the roll and stuffed the whole thing up in there.

Now the light is not near as bright and is softly diffused. And cost me nothing but some time.

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Old 06-26-2011, 06:23 AM   #2
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When the XYL complained about the extra heat (solar) from the shower sky-lite I did something similar.
Several years ago , our son's used some adhesive film to darken the side windows of their cars and being the pack-rat that I am I kept the scraps (ones of any size), I dug around and found where I had put them (found parts for other projects in the process) and applied to the inside of the sky-lite, WORK GREAT , dim's the light and reflects the unwanted energy (saves on a little air-conditioning).
The film is still available at auto parts store's and custom shop's.
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:54 AM   #3
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In the past, we have velcroed those aluminum reflective panels over the shower skylight. It sure made a difference on lowering the heat, as well as sometimes allowing us to sleep a little later in the darkenss.

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Old 06-27-2011, 08:52 PM   #4
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Granted I live way up here in the north country, but I really haven't noticed a problem with mine. Other than a couple of voyeur squirrels.
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:31 AM   #5
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In the Texas heat, I've noticed that these plastic bubbles tend to crack and turn brittle. A little wax applied once a year slows down the deterioration process considerably. I use car wax on mine and do it at the same time I Mop n Glow the roof.
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