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Old 05-19-2017, 12:34 PM   #61
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My thought on the penny fix - if I were to plug up the holes with pennies, then cover up the floor with foam, subflooring, flooring, etc., with the hopes of never seeing that metal floor again, with my luck, one of those stupid pennies would pop loose, and forever rattle around like a loose rock somewhere in my bus. That would drive me nuts. And anyway, I need to practice my new welding skills with the welder my husband bought me for Valentine's Day. (He bought me a shop vac for Mother's Day, the big ol' romantic). So I'm welding those holes, and I have a few patches too.
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Old 05-19-2017, 12:41 PM   #62
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Yes the penny idea is somewhat controversial. You seem to have skipped one of the key points of "epoxying" the pennies to the floor. If you're leaving an air gap above your steel subfloor it certainly would be possible for things to rattle around down there. Honestly with all the other bus noise I think this may be like the Princess and the pea story.

How lucky are you anyway? Hubby gave you a welder and a shop vac. No mention of the face shield, gloves or a new roll of flux core wire? What a special guy, as he obviously wants to go somewhere in the bus. You can get that Kitchenaid mixer another time anyway. It seems to be working out for you guys. Now get out there and start playing with that new welder.

On the other hand $3 worth of pennies and about $6 worth of epoxy would take you a long way. Just be sure not to accidentally glue any of those $1,700,000 1943 copper pennies under your flooring.
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Old 05-21-2017, 05:47 PM   #63
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Hey all...

So I finally figured out what I want to use to plug the holes in the floor. No, they're not as cheap as pennies, but they don't have potential issues, either. My bolt holes measure 3/8", so I think these should work just fine.

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Old 05-21-2017, 06:19 PM   #64
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That's an interesting choice. Definitely more expensive than pennies.

Those are nice and flat on the top side. Do they get caulked in to prevent water from weeping into the floor?

Do you remember going to a construction site as a kid after the electricians had been there and picking up those quarter size slugs punched out of the electrical boxes? If you saved them, this would be the time to use them.
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Old 05-21-2017, 06:56 PM   #65
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We ended up using JB Weld Marine Glue. Or is it water weld? It is more like a putty. Even patched the hole in the roof from removing the strobe light.
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A note on welding up holes in the floor...

...when done, go under and put a quick shot of some kind of rust converter on the fresh welds. New welds rust fast and can kick start the metal around them.
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Those are nice and flat on the top side. Do they get caulked in to prevent water from weeping into the floor?

Do you remember going to a construction site as a kid after the electricians had been there and picking up those quarter size slugs punched out of the electrical boxes? If you saved them, this would be the time to use them.
They're essentially flat underneath as well (like the underside of a carriage bolt), which is another reason I think they'll work nicely. I'm planning on using some sort of adhesive, haven't figured out exactly what...Maybe Liquid Nails or somesuch. I'm caulking all the floor/wall joints, as well as the small screw holes, with Sikaflex 221-I might see if that works. Seems like with the subfloor/insulation on top holding it down, it should do ok. The stem of the bolt should keep them from being able to pop out, so it's not like it has to be glued down rock hard.
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A note on welding up holes in the floor...

...when done, go under and put a quick shot of some kind of rust converter on the fresh welds. New welds rust fast and can kick start the metal around them.

Good to know! I'll keep that in mind for the larger hole I need to patch!
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Just thought I'd add my idea for covering the holes in my floor.

I plan on using steel strapping that is used for securing a load to pallets. Here is a link:

https://www.uline.com/Product/Detail...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

At my work, we have a couple hundred pounds worth of used banding that is in our scrap metal pile. Will cost me $0.00, only a little bit of time with the tin snips cutting them to a desirable size!
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Just thought I'd add my idea for covering the holes in my floor.

I plan on using steel strapping that is used for securing a load to pallets. Here is a link:

https://www.uline.com/Product/Detail...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

At my work, we have a couple hundred pounds worth of used banding that is in our scrap metal pile. Will cost me $0.00, only a little bit of time with the tin snips cutting them to a desirable size!
Ooo! Also a cool idea! I may keep that in mind as well......
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