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Old 06-06-2012, 09:14 PM   #181
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No photos today, worked too far into the evening to get any worth a damn.

This week I had to exchange my crank batteries for new ones since the old ones would no longer hold a charge. Before installing the new batteries I bought a BatteryMINDer Charger/Maintainer/Desulfator ó 1.3 Amp, 12 Volt, Model# 12117 from Northern Tool. With a 4.9 out of 5 rating and recommendation from 225 out of 226 people, I figured it should work just fine.

I've also spent an inordinate amount of time shopping for counter tops. All I need is a 10' run, but I don't want just a plain COTS counter. Maybe I'm being too picky. But this will take up a large portion of the driver's side, so I want it to look nice. I was originally going with a cream color. But after working in photoshop for a while, I realize that will be too much yellowish brown in one area.

While debating counter tops, I took some time to create another template for the bathroom wall. Then, this afternoon I cut out and installed it. The layout has changed a little from my original concept. Instead of the toilet facing towards the front of the bus, it's been turned 90 degrees to face the driver's side wall. This allowed me to move the wall in and make the toilet space smaller. Instead of a solid wall enclosing the area along the aisle side, I'll hang a privacy curtain.

By making this change I've opened up a foot of extra space on the side of the couch that can be used for storage. Moving the wall that foot also visually opened the space a little bit more - weird how that little bit of space can make such a difference!

Oh yeah... added edit here: This weekend I got the inlet side of the plumbing done. Now all I have to do is install the counter top, drain for the sink & shower, and the (all important) grey water tank.
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:47 PM   #182
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Your bus looks great. I think I saw this bus on Craigslist. I have a picture saved. A friend sent me a link to the ad. Was the seller in VA?
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Old 06-07-2012, 04:49 PM   #183
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I think you just sold me on the floor! looks great! about how much did that cost you?

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Old 06-07-2012, 06:27 PM   #184
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Your bus looks great. I think I saw this bus on Craigslist. I have a picture saved. A friend sent me a link to the ad. Was the seller in VA?
Yes, it was up in Richmond. Once I saw it in person and realized it was everything I originally wanted in a bus, there was no way I could pass it up. When the Universe puts your heart's desire in the way, ya better grab on with both hands and say, "Thank You".

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I think you just sold me on the floor! looks great! about how much did that cost you?
The first flooring I bought was 8 boxes for $470... (20sqft/box = $2.97/sqft)
The floor I ended up using was 6 boxes for $270... (24sqft/box = $1.88/sqft)!

It was easier to install. I know the pieces won't pull apart (at all) over rough roads or due to heat warping them, and it is a different, interesting pattern.

Go for it! The stuff is very finicky while installing, but the end result is awesome.
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Old 06-07-2012, 06:45 PM   #185
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Beautiful work, I'm looking forward to more pictures of the conversion
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:02 AM   #186
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thats not too bad....

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Old 06-08-2012, 10:24 AM   #187
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I've also spent an inordinate amount of time shopping for counter tops. All I need is a 10' run, but I don't want just a plain COTS counter. Maybe I'm being too picky. But this will take up a large portion of the driver's side, so I want it to look nice. I was originally going with a cream color. But after working in photoshop for a while, I realize that will be too much yellowish brown in one area.
I have been thinking about my countertops (in my theoretical bus). I see in many of the high end conversions on TV they are using granite. You can get granite tile - fairly thin and not that heavy for $7-12 per square foot. They can be laid like other tile and can have grouted seems or be epoxied together for a nearly seemless look. I don't think I will have as long of a run, so it won't cost as much for me. In any case you could do a tile countertop. Some with a nice glazed smooth top can run as low as $0.78 per square foot.

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Old 06-08-2012, 12:00 PM   #188
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Might???? Want to look at the bath room counter tops......... They are only 21 inches deep vs 25 inches for the kitchen counter tops.
That would give you a few more inches of space in the walkway or double if you're doing both sides.......
just thinking out loud here..... plus the formica will last a life time and look good too......
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:10 PM   #189
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i bought a huge office desk that had a curved front to make my kitchen counter top. It has a formica finish. I think it was a work station to hold a computer, and so forth as it had 2 wing pieces and the back was 5' high. i think the desk was around 7' long and dont remember the depth, but i had to cut off some cause it was too wide. think it was like 10 bucks at the church sale.
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Old 06-08-2012, 11:08 PM   #190
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On the counter tops, don't know if there's an IKEA near you, sometimes they sell discontinued tops for as low as $20.00 and they are easy to cut down. I used the cutoff as a backsplash on one job, looked REALLY good for $20.00
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