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Old 10-27-2015, 01:59 PM   #141
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I want to thank you all for this conversation. I'm pretty much trying to memorize everything you're saying.
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Old 10-27-2015, 06:49 PM   #142
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Make sure only one receptacle on a circuit is a GFCI. Two on the same circuit will "fight" each other. For clarity if you have 2 outlets in your bathroom on the same breaker only one outlet needs to be the GFCI outlet it will control the other outlet too.

If they both are GFCIs you get that awkward thing that happens when you are walking at somebody and you step to the right and they step to the left then you both step back and that happens a couple of times until you run in to each other, basically that happens electrically, randomly.
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Old 10-27-2015, 07:20 PM   #143
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Good thought...

It needs to be the leading outlet in the circuit, correct?
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Old 10-27-2015, 08:02 PM   #144
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Interesting.. I had never even considered putting two GFCI in series. At $10/pop it would be.. umm.. "less efficient use of capital." Considering how they operate, I would be surprised (concerned?) if having two in series were harmful though. In fact, in the office building where I work, we of course have GFCI outlets in the break rooms and rest rooms. But the entire building is protected by one giant GFCI breaker as well, so every GFCI outlet in the place is 2-deep (I've seen it; it has been tripped during construction projects several times in the past year. Sadly, it trips faster than the 20 amp branch circuit breakers do, leaving about 200,000 sqft of offices in the dark when a misplaced drill nicks a wire!). Definitely two in series, with the same fault current trip level, would create uncertainty as to which would trip first.

Anyway, yes, when correctly wired a GFCI outlet can protect all the devices (outlets, lights, hard-wired equipment..) downstream from it. It doesn't *have* to be the first thing on the circuit; it's just that anything connected to the "line" side won't be protected so normally it doesn't make sense for the GFCI outlet to be anywhere else but first.
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Old 10-28-2015, 10:00 PM   #145
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Alright Alright...everyone give it a rest on the electrical for a minute....but, we'll be coming back to it and there will be a test.

Anyways, haven't gotten much done in the last week and a half or so.

Last Monday, I went to go just reorganize my tools and get collected. I ended up drunk with my buddy who owns the shop and didn't get anything done.

I had a guest in town starting Wednesday so had to clean up my cabin Tuesday night. Then this happened:



It didn't stick around that long, but still with a guest in town there was minimal time for real work.

My extra wiring and connections came in, so I got that plugged up in about an hour and run through my gang box:



I still have to go back and seal the windows and some more on the roof. It rained pretty hard last week and I had some water ingress. Fortunately, my buddy threw an airmover from his shop in the bus and it was pretty well dried out by the time I got to it that afternoon. As you can see, I still need to shave the foam, but there are much more pressing matters at hand:





Then I went to Shakey Graves in Denver on Saturday night for the show...it was ok.



After the show, my buddy and I were walking back to his buddy's place from "The District" after leaving the Ogden Theater, and I saw this Gem:



Anybody here?

Beard update, and I joined the Dollar Beard Club...I like their oil, brush, and comb...but, I won't be buying their beard wax again. I prefer Murray's beeswax:



Then I kicked ass in fantasy football all weekend...I am not a fantasy football nerd. I just join to give me a (further) distraction from everyday life. I don't follow the players, I just pick my teams based off of projections and let it roll. I'm one win behind the number one place, who is a buddy of mine that organizes the entire thing...If I do beat him, I won't let him forget it for a year since he's so competitive:

I'm team BuckFutter for all you 90's SNL fans:



I saw this today, I don't even know how...



I got this in the mail late last week, I'm ready to install...I just need propane and a working solar system:



On to the real work:

Cutting for the battery box:





Then I shaved the rub rails where they were interfering:



Then I bled a little bit:



Then I got the new box test fitted...I don't really like the way it's in there. It's sitting about a 1/4inch too low. I need to shave just a hair off the top of the bus skin, refit, then bolt into place. looks decent enough for pictures though:



It's just held in with some self tapping sheet metal screws. I'll get some stock steel and weld the braces on the floor joists similar to factory, then bolt it in with some carriage bolts that resemble the factory rivets. I might gusset it to the adjacent floor joists with some angle but, we'll see how it holds after I weld it in place.

Sorry for the photodump, but that's pretty much all thats been going on the last week or so. Hopefully more progress this weekend sealing windows and crawling back on the roof to finish it off. I'll be monitoring the leak situation closely and really trying to pinpoint the leaks.

I need to wait until I have a bit more cash laying around before I can do much more, I got antsy and bought a Luminox watch this weekend. My timex expedition broke last week and I've always wanted a luminox...there's never been a shittier time to buy a nice watch than when you're working on a skoolie.

Well, that's all for now.

Cheers,

Matt
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Old 10-28-2015, 10:14 PM   #146
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All, I repeat, All of my duplex receptacles will be GFCI protected.
Word. I went the same way. It's pretty easy when one GFCI receptacle can protect a full run. I only one run - all 12ga - with a 20 amp GFCI to start it off.
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Old 10-28-2015, 10:21 PM   #147
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Eeew, y'all can keep the slushy stuff over there in CO a little longer. "They say" the storms we're expecting in Salt Lake tomorrow and next week will drop the snow level to 7000 feet, but still I'm not ready.

The battery box looks great. I was going to comment about how you'd done such a fine job of finding one that looks so similar to the other box already on the bus.. but remembered just in time that you'd rescued an exact match from a fire department training rig. So, umm, nevermind about that!

FYI: keep an eye on the cover plate on that electrical box on the roof. I've had lousy luck with those plastic covers, finding that after a year or two of sun exposure they turn brown, crack, and curl up so they don't seal anymore. Anybody else here have that problem too? I don't know what to suggest instead, really.. perhaps a two-hole stainless cover plate with silicone or other sealant?
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Old 10-28-2015, 11:23 PM   #148
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Last Monday, I went to go just reorganize my tools and get collected. I ended up drunk with my buddy who owns the shop and didn't get anything done.
These things they happen...


I saw this today, I don't even know how...
Probably had it in R and not D and trounced on the gas.
I have been doing the hippy thing of only washing my beard with baking soda and apple cider vinegar, it seems to be working well. If it is dry I put a lil coconut oil on my fingers and rub it in to the skin.
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Old 10-29-2015, 12:27 AM   #149
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I just let mine grow and shave it all off once or twice a year.
The "Cast Away" is my name for this type of beard. It gets "oiled" by nature. lol
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:18 AM   #150
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It gets "oiled" by nature.
...or by working on the transmission.
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