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Old 10-11-2009, 11:34 PM   #41
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I have always loved the skill saw or the saw's all. Especially if your talking curves or anything other than a straight line. My 2 cents...
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:43 PM   #42
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Skill saws are good, but I find that I have to have a straight edge to run it along. Too easy to make wobbly cuts.
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Old 10-12-2009, 09:11 AM   #43
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In general, when cutting through finished paint, tape the area that you are cutting.

I have heard some say to score along where you will cut to limit any paint chipping as you cut alot the inside of the score. I have no idea if it works, as I haven't seen anything to indicate that its widely done. Can anyone back it or kill it?
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:57 AM   #44
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the door has a 3/4 inch trim surround, so the edge doesnt have to be perfect, just close. i will prime and paint the edge i cut before installing the door just to protect it from the rust and element. thanks guys. i guess i will just use the jig saw and skill saw. one for curves, one for straight lines.
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Old 10-12-2009, 06:12 PM   #45
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thats a good idea too. i probably will do it. just a good silicone caulk or something like that. got my cash in today, so tomorrow i order the roof a/c and start laying my floor in. i am getting a ducted a/c roof assembly and building my own duct work into the bedrooms and living room. should work great.
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Old 10-13-2009, 04:21 AM   #46
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Polyurethane based caulk is 100 times better for use on metal then silicone. You can find it at Lowe's for about $5.00 per tube.
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:38 AM   #47
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Polyurethane based caulk is 100 times better for use on metal then silicone. You can find it at Lowe's for about $5.00 per tube.
thanks for the tip. ive seen it there. thats what ill go with then.
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Old 10-13-2009, 04:43 PM   #48
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Make an insulated plug about an inch bigger than the plate, so if you ever have to get to the sensor, just pull out the plug. I figure make the hole around the plug half an inch bigger than the plate, and the flooring on top about half an inch bigger than the hole.

My idea for longevity is to put a piece of thin board on the bottom, some dowels at the corners and fill with insulation and screws to sandwich it all together. Add one of those little "One Finger" Pull Rings for lifting out. This way the plug should hold up to being pulled out and pushed back in without worry of damaging it. But then again, It could just be me over building.
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Old 10-14-2009, 02:17 AM   #49
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Wow...thanks guys. Had no clue what that was for. I will definitely make sure I have access to it then. I am just laying carpet over my subfloor, so that is easy to make an access panel under the carpet and still have my insulated subfloor. I will just have the plug attached with shorter screws or something. I am gonna be working on all that stuff the next few days, so thank you a ton for letting me know before it was too late. I appreciate it a ton.

Today didn't get a ton done. I started working on tinting the windows. Took a couple tries to get the hang of it, but after pulling off failed attempts the first couple of times I finally started getting it done. Here is my tint work table and my giant roll of tint from ebay. Great buy. $60 got me enough for the whole bus.



I got 4 panes done before I had to cut out. Its 5% limo tint, so it should help quite a bit with the heat in the bus. In the end, only 7 of the 22 windows will be exposed on the inside. The other 15 will be covered from the inside and insulated, but I want the tint for the outside look and to keep as much sun out as possible. Here are a couple pics of what I got done. Its insane how much light they really cut out.





Tomorrow I am building the other wheel well box, and starting to lay subfloor I think. Or maybe more tint. I dunno. So much to do I have my pick. Haha.
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Great post! So are you happy with the 5% tint? Is that what you would recommend? Or 10% if you had to do over or what?
So far I am all about the 5%. Its gonna keep it cooler, and it also means that if the shade isnt closed completely people aren't just starting at the family jewels when I am changing. Haha. I like the 5%. I actually almost went 2%, but switched it at the last minute and am glad. I wouldn't want it any darker, also don't think I would want it any brighter either.

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Tint look great Jonathan! I was reading (over on School Bus Central I think) a question between drivers who haul kids for a living. It was basically which seemed to help against the heat, white roof VS tinted windows. Many said they felt tinted windows helped more to keep the interior cooler.

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Yeah, you posted that link, or someone did. I read through the whole thing, and a lot of them who had driven both felt that the tint did more. So hopefully it works that way for me. Im taking off for the Lowes, then onto the bus with subfloor. Wish me luck.
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