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Old 01-30-2012, 12:12 PM   #91
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In the end I know for a fact I have much less waste with the metal than I ever would have going with wood. Maybe I offset some of the costs there.... or at least thatís what I will tell myself.
Well that is a good enough justification The construction looks excellent!
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:15 PM   #92
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The biggest "pro" for me, using metal, is the ability to cut (back cut) and form to the roof and maintaining the same line... plus the straightness of the walls after completion... With the amount I will need, overall it would probably justify the extra cost.

And after seeing yours, as BrownCrown says, it looks GREAT! (and not as noisy with a pair of snips and screw gun, versus saw and hammer... -though I would prob use screws for wood too <duh!>)
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Thanks for checking out the progress guys.

The wife has been real excited the last few weeks. Visually we have turned a big corner.

thommassey, your "pro" is spot on. I've not found an easier way to make the roof curve than with metal studs. It was an absolute breeze. The precision straightness of the walls definitely adds to the appeal also.

My biggest "pro" has to be the ability to back out a screw and change things up or adjust if need be. Now that I've started sheeting walls I've come to appreciate how quickly I can reverse things and make an adjustment. A little tin snip here or there and done!
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:16 PM   #94
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... Visually we have turned a big corner...
Yeah, that feels great don't it?!

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...thommassey, your "pro" is spot on. I've not found an easier way to make the roof curve than with metal studs. ...
Well, yes, but you still have to sheet the walls, and then its gonna be scribe time no matter how you look at it. I didn't bother hugging the ceiling with my wood studs because it wasn't necessary. It's the sheeting that needs to be scribed.

I think the big advantage of metal studs is that they may be less likely to loosen up over time due to no shrinkage with changes in humidity, etc. And also more lightweight, although having some weight is actually good for a smoother ride, so I guess that advantage may be debatable depending on how much other weight you are adding.

The metal also somehow just intuitively seems more appropriate to put in a vehicle.
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:48 PM   #95
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Diesal Dan- My particular "hug the wall" application will actually come in best on the ceiling, I want to mount cabinets with metal so I can get better strength in the sheer strength, vertical weight... I may be wrong, but I think being able to put screws closer inside the track, may provide xtra strength.

And I agree completely about the shrinkage point and the steel on steel application.. dunno, this is my first one.

That's why I look at this site so much! It has all the information I will probably need!

Didn't mean to hyjack your page Syke' 'Doin a great job!
Thanks for all the great info, and same to you Diesal Dan!
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:54 AM   #97
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Looking good, the plumbing is neat and tidy, however, I see what could be a potential problem. Where the shower pipe passes through the metal.

It looks as if it is just cardboard wrapped around the pipe. If there is any movement at all it will cut through the cardboard in no time. I have found a really cheap trick to make an almost bullet proof pass through, is to use a piece of PVC big enough to pass whatever you are trying to protect through. Cut a union in half and glue it onto each end to keep it from sliding out of the hole, then put your pipe/wire through that. I used them on the semi to pass wiring and battery cables through and they lasted over a million miles.
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Old 02-06-2012, 10:09 AM   #98
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Maybe i better put a pressure tank in between my fresh water tanks. That's what i have on my well..

I also use pvc for protection on some stuff. it works great.
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Thanks for the heads up on using PVC. I had that cardboard in there temporarily until I came up with a better solution. I was thinking small heater hose that I pulled out of the bus earlier but now that you both mentioned pvc, I kinda like that idea.

I picked up that expansion tank from HD and from what I've read and been told, it will help take the water hammer and fluctuations out of the supply side. I guess it might allow the pump to run in shorter intervals also. I really have no real world experience with this kind of setup so we'll see.
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I have also been considering putting a pressure tank (like in a well water system) but have been unable to find small pressure tanks. Is a expansion tank the same as a pressure tank or are they slightly different?
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