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Old 09-01-2016, 04:30 PM   #1
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Wall Studs...how can I make it straight?

Back again with questions. Working hard on a 1989 Thomas bus conversion. We have the metal walls and all insulation removed, and in a few places removed windows and put up fi erglass panels. We are planning on gluing rigid foam straight to the walls of the bus to insulate behind a wall facing. We've got a nice fiberglass epoxy for that step. Then we wanted to add vertical struts to the channel iron between the windows to attach the conduit and wall facing. Problem is, its not straight. As I can tell, the bus is straight up to the windoes, then it begins bowing in towards the ceiling. It seems to be a good inch more in at the top then midway down and to the floor. So how can I stud the walls straight from the top downs?
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Old 09-01-2016, 09:16 PM   #2
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Caulk Line
For my project it has been critical.
I am reskinning the exterior of my bus and making the measurements and lining up with a caulk line has saved me.
Find the low and high points, decide where and how you want to start a mid beam or top line and snap your caulk line and go to work.
$8 at my local hardware store for the caulk line and a refill.

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Old 09-01-2016, 10:31 PM   #3
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Old 09-16-2017, 11:13 AM   #4
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Caulk Line
For my project it has been critical.
I am reskinning the exterior of my bus and making the measurements and lining up with a caulk line has saved me.
Find the low and high points, decide where and how you want to start a mid beam or top line and snap your caulk line and go to work.
$8 at my local hardware store for the caulk line and a refill.

Hope it helps.
I think they meant "chalk" line. I have one y'all can borrow. It's basically a string with chalk on it that you snap to make a straight line.
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Old 09-16-2017, 11:29 AM   #5
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"Torpedo Level" works good in small areas like a bus. They are usually about .$5
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"Torpedo Level" works good in small areas like a bus. They are usually about .$5
Is your bus level? Mines not
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Old 09-16-2017, 12:14 PM   #7
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Is your bus level? Mines not
Not today. Maybe next week.

I thought you guys were using the chalk line as a plum line. To get wall to stand straight in the air.
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Old 09-17-2017, 12:45 PM   #8
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I'm using metal studs, quick snip & you can follow any contour.
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