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Old 04-09-2018, 08:01 PM   #1001
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I think I got my last few cans of 3M Super 77 at Harbor Freight. That stuff is awesome for bonding fabrics to metal or wood! However it gets everywhere, and in your arm hair as you work with it. I would HIGHLY recommend wearing a painters suit and respirator when working with it.

I never would have thought to use it for bonding foam to foam... Probably make for a bomb proof bond.
Are you using it in gale force winds? I don't have the over spray problem.

It works good on foam and remains flexible so it doesn't create hard spots or pressure points.
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Old 04-09-2018, 10:46 PM   #1002
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Got a few odds and ends done.

Wires the bus side of the harness for trailer lights.

If you do this and you are using a simple trailer light system, make sure you get a 3-2 wire adapter system.

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I am now officially equipped to legally flat tow my Jeep!

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Staining the walnut countertop.

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Made a floor for the generator to sit on. This pic is before fasteners, but once in, it was strong enough to hold my weight no problem.

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Surely I can get one more cut out of this wheel!

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Running the SOOW cord that the generator will feed.

Chipping away...
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Old 04-10-2018, 01:55 PM   #1003
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Funny you should mention those items...

I do have a MIG, I have never used it but I picked up a used Chicago Electric Mig welder like this one here.... (neighbor had it and was upgrading, wanted to get rid of it and sold it to me cheap...).

https://www.harborfreight.com/170-amp-dc-240-volt-migflux-cored-welder-68885.html


The angle grinder is a B&D from about 20 years ago that I have used to clean up someone else's nasty welds, and trimming some metals that were in places they didn't need to be for me to install winches etc... Pile o junk that gets the job done...

Drill, bits, got those aplenty. Tend toward the TiN coated bits for longevity. What I need is a center punch. Mine grew feet and walked off...
After being frustrated with how quickly I was dulling TiN bits I tried cobalt split point bits from Milwaukee. They are amazingly good at cutting without dulling as long as you don't go crazy with bit speed and work to minimize excessive heat buildup. I bought Titanium bits for a long time because it just sounds fancy and the bits are that cool gold color, but cobalt bits are superior (and a bit more expensive).
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Old 04-10-2018, 02:50 PM   #1004
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Just bought a brand new set of Milwaukee bits cause I needed a set with hex shanks. Used the 5/16 bit to drill mild steel and got maybe a dozen holes before it went South and was worthless. And that was while using the best lube around (Tap Magic). Milwaukee has gone to Hell since they moved all their production to China (surprise). When I need "real" bits, I get them from a local machine supply house (Bass Tool). World of difference...but they don't have any hex shanks.
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Just bought a brand new set of Milwaukee bits cause I needed a set with hex shanks. Used the 5/16 bit to drill mild steel and got maybe a dozen holes before it went South and was worthless. And that was while using the best lube around (Tap Magic). Milwaukee has gone to Hell since they moved all their production to China (surprise). When I need "real" bits, I get them from a local machine supply house (Bass Tool). World of difference...but they don't have any hex shanks.
Chinese tools suck, especially the drill bits.
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Chinese tools suck, especially the drill bits.
Yeah, but for the most part, that is what we are left with...
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Made some good headway with the generator drawer tonight!

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Got 30 A 10 AWG wire run.

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Temp install of the rocker switch. It springs back to the middle and is a momentary switch with polarity reverse, so one way pushes the drawer out, the other pulls it in! Works great, as it should since it was an oem system.

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Final install in the works.

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Still have to add the exhaust port, but I cut out for the vent fan here. Will add these finned vent things I cut out of the roof next.

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Still needs a little fit and finish tuning, but has come out great! So far everything works perfectly!

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In other news, the walnut stain is coming out great I think.

And settled with insurance for my car...got em to give me a little more than first offer so that was a win.

Oh! And got the paperwork for RV title in TN, just got to do it now.
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Old 04-11-2018, 08:47 AM   #1008
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All looking very good.

Great progress.
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Old 04-11-2018, 09:07 AM   #1009
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what keeps the generator from getting blasted with road spray while you drive? even water proof control panels will only stand up to blasted water / dirt so long..
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what keeps the generator from getting blasted with road spray while you drive? even water proof control panels will only stand up to blasted water / dirt so long..
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Iíve been thinking about that. Open to suggestions. I could put a side on the tray. Or hang mud flap material ahead of it.

For the moment I am choosing to not drive in rain. Canít do that realistically long term though.
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