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Old 12-28-2009, 11:29 PM   #61
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in my haste to reply i forgot the reason i was on.....PROGRESS.... well sort of the night latch i had put in was a fail because of the the shape of the bolt coming out of the lock...
and this should serve as a good reference for others who would like to use this type of mechanism
if u use a wedge shaped lock the bar will slide behind the wedge... but it is an easy fix just go buy a rectangular one and switch them out ..i have pics the camera is alive an well
it just barely catches but it works




and this is the old ineffective one


ok thats all i got now
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:19 PM   #62
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our alley is actually another city street so we really lucked out...
every store i went to called the night latch sumthing different


well we bought two sheets of plywood...not just any plywood super swanky formaldehyde free plywood but at 30 bucks a pop this process will go slow
not enough of an update to photo journalise so will post pics later
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Old 01-06-2010, 11:34 AM   #63
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I have the wedge lock cuz that is all i could find around here. Luckily it hits the bar full on and i dont need the rectangular one. Sorry about "touching" the house. If i did that my old lady would "touch" me in the face. haha.
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:48 PM   #64
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The floor is finally getting wrapped up, need a few more sheets of plywood and foam insulation but otherwise were on the downward slope here. We have someone line up to come cut out our terribly rusty stairs, re fabricate them, and weld them back onto place (hopefully this week). Anyway here it is with the plywood getting laid.






Now it is much safer for him in there...and he loves it.
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Old 01-18-2010, 11:21 PM   #65
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Cute kid! I'll bet he gets into everything. Mine certainly did at that age! He's lucky to have such a (soon to be) palace on wheels to cruise around in.
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:50 PM   #66
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Lookin great! I have one of my own but she is at the sitting up stage... soon to change drastically huh?
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:02 PM   #67
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thanks for the positive comments about my son....... 16 months now and loves the bus

i have questions about what i am doing next on the bus

is there an easy way to troubleshoot the dash... sum of the dials dont work sum do....
the blinkers are nonoperational .... any advice
im sure this is in the manual pied typer sent me just cant find it

the windows we wanted to replace the school bus windows were a bit spendy and its a easy cut on the budget "cuz the fancy plywood" is there a thread on screens for the original windows

is a portable colman stove a good range top.... this is what i plan to use.... do i need to vent it....condensation is my concern oh and monoxide

i had more questions but as i type i draw a blank
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Old 01-20-2010, 04:48 PM   #68
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On the stove thing, here is a clip from another forum that might give you ideas. Frankly, I wouldn't touch ANY stove top that can't give me 10k plus BTU per burner. WASTE of time and money. Worth the investment. My next one is going to be this baby as I gave away the Coleman due to low BTU frustrations. This comes in several types and even a caseless one for $90 (missing the red casing).

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To save propane, gen fuel, and batteries, I suggest getting a few 12volt dodads, like the 12v oven lunch box which is good for heating things up but not for cooking. 12volt pizza oven seems decent for toasting and some warming up (does hotdogs too, meaning no boiling water). I find these cheaply made so never leave them alone in case they burst into flame. *shrug*

Boiling water is by far our most energy consuming need and we do rice (real, not that instant stuff) and noodles darn near daily. It takes a high btu to boil it fast and with some fuel effeciency. Try a propane stove that gives 10k (15k rocks!) or more to EACH burner or at least to one. You can save rice cooking time by soaking the rice an hour or more before cooking (tastes better that way imo). I found it helps to use food/liquid that is room temp before trying to boil.

Get a real good thermalcooker. It can do rice, beans, stews, basically anything you do in a crock can be done in one of them and they only need a quick boil to get started. There are plans on the web (google) that show how to make your own. Heck, I can cook rice for 4 in a normal pot with lid and a sleeping bag wrapped around the pot. Gotta love ancient cooking methods. heh

BBQs are nice but fuel is costly, imo. Get a grill that can fit several items on one side and at least one pot on the other. No lightweight stuff, need heavy, like pro pots or cast iron. This way you can boil water or cook a pot of something on one side while doing the usual grilling on the other.
For best heat distribution if you are not using cast iron I HIGHLY suggest getting a cast iron diffuser. It is a caster iron plate that sits over your propane grate or bbq grill that you set a pot on. Does wonders to help distribute and hold heat. Also really handy for campfire cooking, which do a lot.

I use the generator/shore power to power a high watt lovely covection roaster oven (not a microwave) that toasts, roasts, and bakes the most lovely breads and cheesecake.

I don't do oil inside, ever. Too smelly and risky. But there are a couple recipes I like to do now and then that require oil frying. I read how some use tradional wok like bowls (look up authentic asian cookware) to super heat oil over hot coals. My roomy says asians have been frying foods this way for ages. *shrug* Something I will be trying this summer

Solar cookers. People swear by them but I've never owned a well built one. I made a cardboard one once that sort of cooked muffins for me and failed to cook my ham and beans. I figure what I need it to cook the thermapot can cook for me, so only thing I need one for is bread. They say it does great bread. We'll see.
I don't plan to put in an exhaust fan, rather use the window and a 12volt fan set in it if need be. Less holes, less power consumption is my goal. I do own a monoxide and propane alarm, just in case.
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Old 03-27-2010, 09:07 PM   #69
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well things have been slow.....real slow.....
but i have gathered some materials and made a little progress
first off what have we been doing....went to the junk yard and salvaged a water pump, and fresh water tank 20 bucks for the two of them....and we got an rv door for 25 bucks

ok first up is the door we hung it with 2x4s and then skined the ugly edges with flashing


then we removed the windows we didnt want to replace with rv windows and cut plywood to fit in place


the we skinned the ply with flashing they didnt have it in the sizes we needed so we overlapped so it would fit .....assembly lining made the process go quick


the first one we did looks bad but by the fourteenth window we had it looking good ...its funny how on a project like this as soon as you get the hang of somthing its time to move on to sumthing else


all in all im pleased with how it turned out
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:16 AM   #70
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thnks for the tips dewds......
i sealed them up with a paintable metal sealant and i guess i read that flashing takes a special paint to adhear to it {spell check is coming up? wtf}

the real reason progress has been slow is the city building inspector has made me move the bus out of our R1 status yard so i moved blunder to a storage facility and it is hard to adjust to sumone elses schedule

but all in all it really has pushed me to get blunder legal, i will post a topic about that process later

got started on insulation of the walls and furring strips to attach paneling

oh and i patched over the back flashers
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