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Old 04-25-2012, 10:51 AM   #231
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lol yay canadian weather!! it was +30(86f) here yesterday yet cold enough last night to use the furnace!
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:25 PM   #232
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Well, I finally got a few days off so I decided to really put in some hours on the bus...

I managed to finish insulating the kitchen wall, built the first half of the kitchen counter, ran 2 conduits from the electrical box under the bus and up on the other side for both 12V and 120V service, installed the stove/oven, completed the couch frame, and installed my laminate floor complete with cork-foam underlay. And, who said you can't polish a turd?


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Old 05-10-2012, 11:18 PM   #233
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Lovely floor! And that couch looks nice too. Are you going to use containers to store items underneath?
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Old 05-11-2012, 01:48 AM   #234
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At first, the plan for the couch was to have it all sectioned off for storage with four doors. Then as I was planning it out I decided to use the rear-most section for the utilities, water pump next to the wall, then the power converter and breaker box towards the front. This picture shows the utility compartments. They will be accessible from above for winterizing. Then as I was building it, I ended up with a box at the rear and a box at the front with the middle section open. I liked the look and decided to leave the middle section open for storing larger items that wouldn't fit in a cabinet, things like playpens and strollers, you know, for the little people. When I put down the flooring, I covered all the area that will be visible, but now I may continue it inside the cabinets as well. I have lots of leftovers.

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Old 05-12-2012, 01:32 AM   #235
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I went to the RV shop to pick up a couple switches and random stuff, and I happened to find a brand new double sink at a very good price. I talked them down a little more and come home with my kitchen sink! After a little work I managed to fit a double sink into a single sink space!



The plumbing was a bit of a trick, but I managed to keep the pipes out of the way (for the most part) and got a little creative with the trap. There is very little clearance anywhere.

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I am a little excited about how well the plumbing turned out on the double sink. I originally planned for a medium size single sink, which would allow me to put in a pullout pantry on the far right. After getting the double sink, I figured the pantry idea was done, but, it turns out that the plumbing lined up great, and there is still enough room for a nice deep pullout pantry. I set a piece of plywood as a divider to show how things line up in this pic.



Heres a bit better pic of the kitchen area, it will eventually get faced in solid oak finished with a dark mahogany stain and satin varathane.



And this shows how it all fits together, just ignore the disaster on the other side of the wall.

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Really nice work on the sink installation
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:42 PM   #238
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That sure looks to be a great kitchen layout.
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:07 AM   #239
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After deciding the height I wanted to make the bed, I built a short wall to separate the bedroom area from the underbed storage, as well as to provide space to run the pex water pipes and the 3" ducting for the heat duct in the bathroom. I layer down a 2x4 footer and attached 1/2" plywood to make the short wall, which ended up at about 15" high. Then after running the water pipes and securing them down, I built a bed frame out of 2x6 spruce, 2x2's and 1/2" plywood. This was then attached to the outer wall through the metal ribs and to the wall studs of the bathroom. The corner nearest the front is allowed to 'float' giving it a unique look, yet it is as strong as a deck! I have no doubt that this will hold the weight and remain very solid. It also allows us space to tuck stuff under the bed from the inside while keeping our rear storage separate and out of sight. Here's a pic.



After going to a few carpet stores looking for a piece of good carpet that is about 5' x 6', and being told that they don't keep small pieces, or they make area rugs out of the leftovers, I waited until after hours and went 'dumpster diving' in the bin behind one of the shops and scored a nice piece of carpet and a big piece of underlay. Now that is the right price for carpeting the bedroom! Here's a pic with the underlay down, carpet is to go in tomorrow.



The one thing I am glad of, is that I didn't put the carpet down before testing the water pipes for leaks. Yesterday I completed the sink install, hooked up the shower, and checked all the connecting parts to make sure they are tight. Then I hooked up the hose, forgot the pressure regulator, and turned on the tap. I went inside the bus, everything looked good, checked the water pump connections, no leaks, no leaks up front, but also no water coming through the kitchen sink. Then I looked back and saw a waterfall flooding the back of the bus! I quickly turned off the water, threw down some towels and quickly grabbed my drill and punched a hole through the floor to drain the water before it got under my new laminate flooring I just put in up front. When I originally ran pipe, I ran pex throughout, but then realized that behind the fridge is exposed to outside air, and light, bad for pex. So I ran copper pipe behind the fridge and used copper to pex fittings to tie them together. What I forgot to do was tie them together! I had an open ended copper pipe with a pex fitting on the end directly connected to my full pressure water source shooting water back towards the bathroom while I was checking the front half of the bus! Oops. Well its cleaned up now, and no leaks at any connection that I actually remembered to make! Now the carpet can go in.
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Good progress Everything seems to be coming together and it looks nice
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