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Old 06-02-2017, 08:15 PM   #71
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Or you could take some tin snips and cut up a ceiling panel into whatever size you need.
I like the strapping idea, but that stuff rusts pretty fast. Still it would last a long time and it's definitely the right price.
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Old 06-02-2017, 08:17 PM   #72
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My 2c put some seam sealer in & around the holes with a piece of metal tape or small square of sheetmetal then insulate over it
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Old 06-02-2017, 09:45 PM   #73
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Or you could take some tin snips and cut up a ceiling panel into whatever size you need.
I like the strapping idea, but that stuff rusts pretty fast. Still it would last a long time and it's definitely the right price.
My ceiling panels are the same gauge as the outside skins. My hands would die cutting that into 100+ little pieces with tin snips.
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Old 06-02-2017, 09:51 PM   #74
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Harbor freight has some electric sheet metal sheers, cut through my ceiling panels like butter

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Old 06-02-2017, 11:45 PM   #75
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Yeah, that's why I like the $3 floor hole fix. A big pocket full of pennies, a tube of epoxy and voila.
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Old 06-08-2017, 01:25 AM   #76
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Or you could take some tin snips and cut up a ceiling panel into whatever size you need.
I like the strapping idea, but that stuff rusts pretty fast. Still it would last a long time and it's definitely the right price.
That may be true when it's left alone in the elements, but I suspect coating the bottom side of it with adhesive and painting overtop should prevent any moisture from getting in there. I just plugged all of the holes in my bus this morning and will be painting tomorrow or Friday after the adhesive is dry.
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Do the plugs HAVE to be made of metal? couldn't those plastic body plugs be used with a drop of sealant?

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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!
And then what; weld them in place?

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Or you could take some tin snips and cut up a ceiling panel into whatever size you need.
Sounds like a whole lot of time welding. The seat bolts wouldn't be terrible since they are all the same size/location. You still have all the nail holes to contend with tho.

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Do the plugs HAVE to be made of metal? couldn't those plastic body plugs be used with a drop of sealant?
Nope, can't be done. According to Iowa Title VIII, Chapter 321E, 321E.25...
Thou shalt NOT plug holes in school buses with any dissimilar material than the surrounding OEM material.

That's the code for Interstate Use in Iowa. No idea what is actually in it tho.

Your bus, your decision. There's no law against it. A pocket full of those plastic plugs are going to cost you. Maybe only a few dollars if you buy a hundred bulk off the internet but a few dollars none-the-less. Most people have the sheet metal already, the banding, bucket full of pennies, etc.
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"Thou shalt NOT plug holes in school buses with any dissimilar material"

That sounds like the 11th commandment. Yeah, that plastic might corrode from contact with the steel floor.

I've got a whole bunch of those plastic thingys to hold the plastics in place on my quad. They come in different sizes. I don't see any reason you couldn't use them for the bolt holes, but the screw holes are probably to small unless you want to drill them out first. Using plastic sounds good, and the plastic plugs aren't expensive in bulk.
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That sounds like the 11th commandment. Yeah, that plastic might corrode from contact with the steel floor.
I thought about writing it in legalese but I didn't want the kid to run off on a wild goose chase with a real statute number and a fake law,

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I've got a whole bunch of those plastic thingys to hold the plastics in place on my quad. They come in different sizes. I don't see any reason you couldn't use them for the bolt holes, but the screw holes are probably to small unless you want to drill them out first. Using plastic sounds good, and the plastic plugs aren't expensive in bulk.
If you've got them on hand then go for it. I've never bought more than a misc pack of 5 from Vato Zone and they damn sure aren't cheap that way. Buying 100 of a single size of the interwebbernetz is a different story but then I'd rather just weld them all shut if I'm going to go one by one on my hands and knees.
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