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Old 05-27-2019, 01:05 PM   #1
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Hi All,

My first time to this forum, so thanks for having me.

I have a Mongolian Yurt here on my land in Abiquiu, New Mexico that is leaking around the crown. I wonder what you all might suggest for waterproofing this thing?? I have tried various sealants, and even cutting tiny pieces of wood to then screw onto the spots that are leaking. And, it is still leaking.

This yurt was hand carved by Mongolian artisans and shipped from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. It's a beautiful traditional piece, though, lacks proper sealing around the crown... which has been a huge challenge for me.

I've been told that finding a

dome

cover (that fit my crown dimensions) may be a solution?? Any other suggestions?? I'm happy to send exact measurements, and more info, pics, if needed.

Thank you in advance, and hope to find the solution before monsoon season hits out here.
Best, Aimee Wilson

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Old 05-27-2019, 01:17 PM   #2
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Could you post a pic of where exactly it is leaking?
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Old 05-27-2019, 02:41 PM   #3
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Sure, here are shots from the inside. Hard to know exactly where the leaks are happening, as they are inside and behind the wood you see here in the pics. But I'm noticing most leaks seem to be coming from around the crown rim. We have already laid an aluminum ring around the outside of the rim.... and leaks are still happening.

Let me know if you need outside shots, too.
Thanks!
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Old 05-27-2019, 02:52 PM   #4
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Hmm, interesting design. Could you take a picture of the crown from the outside?
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Old 05-27-2019, 03:47 PM   #5
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Yes, notice- we have already tried sealing and laying aluminum flashing around... and it still leaks.
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Old 05-27-2019, 03:51 PM   #6
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I think Bob will have better advice than me, but it looks like those little vertical windows are where I would start. I see in your one picture, some misses when it comes to the caulking. I would think water could pool up on that shelf there right under the windows and then basically either seep in or come back through the pane. That would be my first guess.

I see staining under the top windows too which tells makes me think water is getting in where the window meets the wood.

Also, I would find a boot for that chimney pipe because water will definitely get in where you cut the hole.
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Old 05-27-2019, 03:58 PM   #7
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Hmm, thanks. I'll look into missed caulking spots - and try to fill in any gaps. I'd love to hear from Bob, or any others that may have ideas.

If I were to look into getting a clear

dome

shell fabricated for this crown ~ do you have any recommendations on who to ask? We have thought about somehow getting this made, and just slipping it during monsoon / rain season.
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Old 05-27-2019, 04:01 PM   #8
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If I were to look into getting a clear dome shell fabricated for this crown ~ do you have any recommendations on who to ask? We have thought about somehow getting this made, and just slipping it during monsoon / rain season.
Well try asking

Pacific Yurts

,

Colorado Yurts

,

Shelter Designs

or maybe Ranier Yurts too. However I am pretty sure they have set specs on their domes and won't be able to make a custom size for you so you would probably have to get lucky to have the same exact dimensions but you never know.

If you want a custom solution, you might want to try

Surely Yurts

. They build a lot of custom stuff. They don't make domes, but may have some ideas on crafting another solution.
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Old 05-27-2019, 04:08 PM   #9
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Perfect, thanks. Will do! I just haven't known where to begin - on who to ask for custom making one of these. Or, if it's something I (and friends) could make?

Hope to gather ideas, from the collective mind here on this forum...
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Old 05-28-2019, 09:28 AM   #10
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Well thanks for the compliment but I'm no roofer. I'd run a hose up there and go section by section looking for obvious leaks. Looking at your photos I would silicone every last seam and also the exposed inside edge of the flashing where it sits on the ring, plus the tops of the screws attaching flshing to the ring. Ideally that flashing would be sandwiched between the upper assembly and the ring, would be canted to the outside, and have a lip on the inside facing up. But that's just a guess I'm no roofer. Good luck.
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