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Old 03-17-2012, 12:12 PM   #61
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Start with a small drill bit, then step up a couple sizes bigger, keep working your way up until you get to the size you need. This means you are cutting off a small amount as you drill. Works on hard, thick metals too.

PS buy a "C" clamp or two before you hurt yourself badly.
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Old 03-17-2012, 03:14 PM   #62
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Start with a small drill bit, then step up a couple sizes bigger, keep working your way up until you get to the size you need. This means you are cutting off a small amount as you drill. Works on hard, thick metals too.

PS buy a "C" clamp or two before you hurt yourself badly.
Actually, I was using C clamps. The problem was the stuff was too smooth, allowing the torque of the drill bit grabbed it and spun it like a top. I ended up clamping it into the slot between the sides of a baby gate (of all things!!!). The gate edge kept the Lexan from spinning. Then I used a step-drill (those things that look like cones) because the hole saw I had wasn't big enough and the step-drill was on sale at Harbor Freight . What the heck... it worked!

So... after all that effort, the original deadbolt lockset I bought was CRAP! After trying several times to make it work, it finally just bound up to the point it wouldn't work at all. Feeling extremely frustrated, I went back to Lowes and bought a $50 deadbolt. The craftsmanship is a world of difference. I still had some minor modification to do to the door to make the new keyset fit, but after that, it was plug & play.



I've dozens more photos in my blog so you can see the whole sordid process.

There's still some work to be done to get the latch side more secure. But right this minute I'm claiming minor victory and am just damned happy this part is DONE.
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:26 AM   #63
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Updated YouTube with a couple of new videos (see signature links below). There are two more I have to make time to create that show this weekend's progress, but I was too tired last night to finish them, and I've got to run to work now this morning.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:39 PM   #64
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Today after work I spent three hours removing the last items from the back of the bus. The ten minutes was spent taking down the metal locker from the overhead. The next TWO HOURS were spent trying to get the kitchen counter dismantled so it could be reused. I finally gave up and just resorted to a sawzall and hammer. I'll say one thing for the previous owner... that man knew how to build SOLID!


Luckily, I had just enough energy to get that sucker out!

I also discovered the little inverter that was left with the bus. Anyone know anything about this brand?
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Old 03-20-2012, 07:02 AM   #65
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quick look at trip lite's website,I would guess an older model 1200watt inverter...if it works run it for lights and light loads,should support about 10 amps
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:47 PM   #66
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Today Daphne (the dog) and I went on a test drive. I wanted to pick up some tin roofing for the window covering and decided to take the bus. I have to get used to driving it anyway. Everything went really well until I tried to park it again at the house. I really can't judge tight right-hand-turns. Luckily, only the neighbor's lawn was torn up and nothing expensive like a car.

I also picked up some paint from ACE to try a couple of color combos and swatches. Painting is really low on my list of things to do, but I was out and near the store, so I didn't want to waste an opportunity.

Still have another couple of progress videos to post, but it ain't gonna happen until the weekend.
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:48 PM   #67
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Hopefully no Cats were killed in the onslaught...
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:57 PM   #68
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Well... I've given my blood, my sweat, and today, my tears to this beast. All the proper sacrafices have been made - the bus gods should be pleased and all should be well from here on out!

I wanted to tear up the rest of the flooring today after work since it was so nice and cool outside. Since I don't own a crowbar, I decided to use the mattock I found in the garage to help wedge up the more stubborn pieces. It worked like a charm.... until the last piece! Every other piece of wood I pried up offered some decent resistance, so I was expecting more of the same for the last piece. But Nooooo. It wanted to Jump Right Out and join its brethren piled in the middle of the isle!

So I wedged the mattock under the board...*heaved upward... it jumped... I fell... onto the wood... which slammed down on the mattock... and was promptly stopped by the side of my nose!

I didn't know whether to pass out, cry, or just stand like a pole-axed fool. So I did what seemed the most sensible thing... picked up my tools, locked up the bus, and made it most of the way to my porch before collapsing in angry pain. Luckily, a neighbor saw me and took me to the hospital.

Good news... I didn't kill myself! WOO HOO! The x-rays even show nothing is broken - though lord knows how THAT's possible when I've a great dent in the side of my nose now. Bad news... I will probably have a raging headache for the next several days.

Considering how much worse it could have been, I'll live with a few days of pain.
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Well... I've given my blood, my sweat, and today, my tears to this beast. All the proper sacrafices have been made - the bus gods should be pleased and all should be well from here on out!
We are in this life to suffer, the only difference being the amount of **it you are going to get. From now on, every time you "call it a day" count your fingers. If you end with the same number as when you started pat yourself on the back for a job well done!. And let me tell you, the blood offerings HAVE to be renewed with some frequency.
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OW! hope you get better!!

as for the inverter. I see a "remote" option. looks like you could wire a simple on/off switch somewhere as a master switch for it to be on or off! nice find!
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