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Old 03-17-2016, 11:02 AM   #51
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Really depends on how much each window might need. If a simple 1/4" line all around is adequate, maybe 8 windows per tube. If there are huge gaps...that's another story.
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Old 03-17-2016, 11:37 AM   #52
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I've had to chock the wheels and hammer on my brakes before... No amount of forward and back would loosen them. One was loose and the tires on that side would spin in the gravel. Those big tires will dig a hole in a hurry in my driveway.
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Old 03-18-2016, 12:14 PM   #53
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What part of the brake do I hammer on? Just thought I'd ask before I go do my research again.

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Old 03-18-2016, 12:30 PM   #54
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Don't hammer on anything hard enough to damage or dent it.

In freezing weather the brake shoe would freeze to the drum. You've only got high humidity and ocean corrosion going on there, but obviously it can still get stuck. It's got to be a problem with stuck linkage that actuates the brake, or for some reason air isn't getting to the brake. Since it's in your driveway there's not much chance of it being an air problem. That means it's most likely stuck linkage. Sometimes pounding on the outside of the brake drum will shock it loose.

From this distance it's just guessing.
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Old 03-18-2016, 03:00 PM   #55
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Drum brakes can get stuck due to rust, not just ice. If I put my bus away wet, they often get stuck. Sorry for my MsPaint skills or lack thereof. Hope this helps.

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Old 03-18-2016, 03:58 PM   #56
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Drum brakes can get stuck due to rust, not just ice. If I put my bus away wet, they often get stuck. Sorry for my MsPaint skills or lack thereof. Hope this helps.
OMG!! Thank you SO much!! Hopefully others can look at this great photo and diagram and get help also.

I managed to "rock" Serenity back and forth enough this morning to get her "unstuck." However, this looks like a much "better for the bus" way of unsticking brake shoes. Maybe?

THANK YOU!! for all your hard work. The diagram is perfect!!
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Old 03-18-2016, 04:24 PM   #57
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And no rain gutter incident with your neighbor?
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Old 03-18-2016, 10:19 PM   #58
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Having the brakes get rusted onto the brake drum is not unusual in the wet NW.

I have had brakes get rusted stuck over a long weekend and almost every January after the Christmas break many of the buses in the fleet would have brakes that did not release right away.

Getting the hammer and the bar out is only really necessary if one side releases and the other side stays stuck. As it has been mentioned before, all that happens at that point is the unstuck side will start to spin the wheels on that side and no power will be going to the stuck side.
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Old 03-18-2016, 11:52 PM   #59
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No rain gutter incident. And luckily, if there was one...it was our rain gutter.

Thanks for all the fantastic input. Got the bus unstuck. Ground out the rest of the ceiling rivets...NO MORE CEILING!! Lots of other little milestones.

I'll take pics tomorrow while I'm removing unnecessary wiring prior to removing rust from the floor. I think I need to get that cleaned up so I quit tracking it all over the place.
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:01 PM   #60
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More progress on my sweetie

A few progress pics:

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