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Old 03-05-2015, 11:37 PM   #121
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Inside paneling

I started paneling inside walls. I use 1/4" mahogany plywood. I will prime it and paint it (I know how stupid this sounds, but my wife doesn't like wood walls)




I had to temporary screw some 1x4 over plywood to keep it from bubbling.



The distance between "studs" is 27" and 1/4" plywood is too flimsy to stay flat on wall by itself wood strips helped a lot.

I used a lot of PL premium:



I love PL as a glue but hate how it keeps leaking from tube.... making a huge mess sometimes:

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Old 03-14-2015, 12:02 PM   #122
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Slide outs are back

I finally finished some windows. I used bondo body filler and it turned out good:





I primed some walls with drywall primer. Drywall primer has a lot of glue in it and penetrates plywood very well.



I added aluminum angle (2"x2") around sludeout opening:







I was thinking about what kinda rollers to use in the front of slideout (indoor edge). Finally I decided to use a bunch of skateboard wheels. Skateboard wheels are not to hard, not too soft, durable, have good real bearings. The original wheel size was 52 mm but it was too much. I turned them down to 32 mm:



I simply put them on a long bolt and cut them using lath:



Here are all 8 of "low rider" skateboard wheels:

Last 2 I cut at much higher speed and they are super smooth.



I took 1.5"x1.5" angle and cut some notches out to install wheels:



Welding near plastic wheels was a lot of fun. I used a lot of water and a rag to cool them down.



I covered rollers with another angle and welded it. Now I have 13 feet 1.5"x1.5" square bar with 8 rollers inside. The rollers stick out about 1/4".

Today my goal is to install floor.
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Old 03-14-2015, 05:24 PM   #123
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Simply outstanding workmanship! Keep it up and keep the pix coming.
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Old 03-15-2015, 12:54 AM   #124
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I use PL all the time. Before you end the last bead let off on the trigger (release the lock) and squeeze the end to get the last inch out. Then stick a screw in the tip. Becomes habit very quickly and no more dribbling out the tube.

For wood I have a great source (price) on Baltic Birch plywood. Holds it's shape much better than regular ply. Don't know the cost where you are but it only ends up slightly more per square foot.

Looking good btw.
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Old 03-20-2015, 01:56 PM   #125
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Slideout quick update

Here is what was done recently:

1. Installed floor in slideout. I used 5/8" plywood on the bottom. I glued it down to aluminum frame (PL premium) and screwed from the bottom using SS screws. Then I put a bunch of 1x4 "joists" (glued and screwed like always ):







I put foam insulation between 1x4 and covered everything with another layer of 5/8 plywood. This time I put plywood across to make floor stiffer:



The floor feels rock solid now.

2. After moving the slideout box I realised I need some nylon sliding pads on sides and on the bottom. I bought a 1.5" solid nylon block and used it. I tried to cut it using table saw but table saw just melts it. I found a local plastic company and they cut nylon for me. Here are some pics:







Here is my mistake. I realised after adding aluminum angle it will lift the whole box up:



So, I unscrewed the nylon strip and cut it lower near the corner:



This are side sliding pads. I used wood router and sander to shape them:





Here are side sliding pads installed:





Today I will work on front rolling bar.....
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Old 03-20-2015, 02:40 PM   #126
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You continue raising the bar.........

Unreal man, keep up the great work and documentation.

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Old 03-20-2015, 02:59 PM   #127
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Just to make it clear: I am fixing/braking/fixing just about anything since I remember myself. I tried many things in my life and lived in different countries and regimes. I used to work as a motorcycle mechanic for a few years, I build my house (4200 sqft) from scratch by myself, I tried to be a computer programmer, I do have great knowledge in A/C, refrigeration as I am HVAC and refrigeration mechanic by trade. I never took any welding training, but started welding couple decades ago.

Everything I do is doable by anyone. I don't have any hi tech tools like CNC tables etc.
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Old 03-20-2015, 03:16 PM   #128
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Just to make it clear: I am fixing/braking/fixing just about anything since I remember myself. I tried many things in my life and lived in different countries and regimes. I used to work as a motorcycle mechanic for a few years, I build my house (4200 sqft) from scratch by myself, I tried to be a computer programmer, I do have great knowledge in A/C, refrigeration as I am HVAC and refrigeration mechanic by trade. I never took any welding training, but started welding couple decades ago.

Everything I do is doable by anyone. I don't have any hi tech tools like CNC tables etc.
I can relate.

The more you describe yourself, the more it sounds like your describing me.

I used to get bored of jobs after a year or two max. After the learning and personal interest slowed, I would quit and find something else that was mentally stimulating.

Bouncing around like this gained me a ton of experience.

Now being a building contractor, I take what ever is of interest to me for work. I find some builds very mentally stimulating.

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Awesome build!
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:02 PM   #130
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I think our personality type gravitates towards these kinds of projects. You're describing me as well.
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I can relate.

The more you describe yourself, the more it sounds like your describing me.

I used to get bored of jobs after a year or two max. After the learning and personal interest slowed, I would quit and find something else that was mentally stimulating.

Bouncing around like this gained me a ton of experience.

Now being a building contractor, I take what ever is of interest to me for work. I find some builds very mentally stimulating.

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