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Old 09-17-2005, 10:22 PM   #91
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I'd be leery of using masonite for flooring. It might very well work, but... Next hot day, take a cold glass of your favorite beverage and set it on a piece of fiberboard until it the beverage warms up to room temperature. The condensation from the glass will settle on the fiberboard, and within a few hours you'll likely have a nice lumpy area in the fiberboard about the size of your glass. If you got any significant amount of moisture on fiberboard flooring, either from above or below, it would swell up like those little dried, compressed sponges that you sometimes see. I'd even be skeptical about painted fiberboard.

I think that the difference in price between 1/4" masonite and 3/4" plywood would be a lot of "peace of mind insurance".

OTOH, I could be completely wrong!

Ideally, I would rather have used fiberglass tile-board for the windows. If there is condensation on the windows (which I'm sure there will be), it will eventually transfer to the fiberboard and cause it to distort. The white surface on the masonite I used will *probably* delay that for some time, but not forever.

...but, I got two whole sheets of it for free, so for now it's what I have to work with. I'm debating using it as a surface for my galley countertop, which right now is only primed plywood. I really don't think I'm going to use it, though, for all the reasons mentioned above. I'm just going to go with my original ceramic tile idea...when I have the time...and $$$.
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Old 09-27-2005, 07:53 PM   #92
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Score!

No, not that!

I got about 60 square feet of glazing today, in fairly utilizable framing. I got a 4.5 x 5 picture window with 24 panes (three missing), three 2.5 x 3 insulated storm windows in frames, and a 2.5 x 5 tempered glass shower door. All came from a home rehab project.

I'm going to convert the shower door into a solar collector for heating hot water for my radiant heat flooring system and my water heater.

I'm going to convert the picture window and the storm windows to air-heating solar collectors.

Total solar radiation on 60 square feet is about 6kW. With the air heaters I should be able to achieve a 50% conversion rate, and they're about 2/3 of the total glazing. That would give me about 2kW of net heat; however, I'm going to put half on each side of the bus (for now) because my bus faces due north. That way I should get about 1kW in the mornings and about 1 kW in the evenings. That ought to keep the bus toasty throughout the day.

I'm going to put the water heating panel on the roof, but have no idea what efficiency I will accomplish with that. Probably be lucky to get 20%, which would give me about 200 Watts of heating. That's not much, but I don't want to get the water too hot, as it is piped under that dadgum self adhesive vinyl tile that comes up when it reaches much over 80 degrees. I'm hooking it to the hot water heater so that I can use my water heater backwards -- it has provision for hot engine coolant to run through a heat exchanger, but I'm going to run cold fluid through it to heat the fluid from the hot water in the water heater, and then run that fluid under my floors!

The water heater is electric, so that way I can have heated floors at night and when the sun is not shining (as long as I have AC power).

Yee-hah! A "tinkering" project, as opposed to a build out project!
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Old 11-02-2005, 07:19 PM   #93
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Not much progress lately....very darned little now that I am both in school and working on the weekends. The windows are sitting unused still. I have managed to construct one more window slide for the other side of the hanging locker, and hope to get the hanging locker finished off tomorrow, including installing shelves for clothing. And I wanted to have this ship-shape and road ready by the first week in December! Hah!

I found a junked IH S-1900 truck that I was considering using as the donor for a rear-end swap if the price was right; however, when I examined it closely I discovered that it had a 2-speed rear axle. Completely different housing and set-up, and I'm not even going to think about a whole rear-end clip swap.

BUT!! I am going tomorrow to pull a 50 gallon diesel tank from the truck to use in my WVO conversion plans. Looks like only 4 bolts to remove. I'll have to cut a hole in the skirting on the bus to create a fill door, and I'll have to drill mounting holes in the frame for the tank mounts, but other than that it should be easy.*

*Famous last words!
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Old 11-22-2005, 06:55 PM   #94
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Whew! I completely forgot about checking the antifreeze in the bus! We've had 2 freezing nights, and I was worried. I bought a cheap tester at Wal-Mart, and I tested it last night. The school must have used a 70/30 antifreeze/water ratio: the tester indicated that I'm good down to -25F. What a relief!
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Old 12-08-2005, 10:00 PM   #95
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Cannister Rack

Haven't been able to work on the bus much lately, but I did manage to get a set of cannister racks completed. http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/album44

Next project in the pantry is going to be to mount the cast iron pots and pans and the other dishes on the walls.

Oh, yeah, tonight I put on the $42.00 left front turn signal that I got at NAPA. If you look at my avatar, you see that I'm missing one in the picture. Not any more!
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Old 12-26-2005, 02:28 PM   #96
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Working on things as I can...

Got the cast iron holders completed. Now I need to mount them in the pantry.



Also completed a rack for my EZBake Oven (Coleman Campstove).



Now I need to make the plate and bowl holders. The goal is to be able to unplug and drive off without having to spend a lot of time packin things up.
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Old 12-29-2005, 06:31 PM   #97
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Yippee! The pantry project is nearing completion!



You can see the three recent projects in this picture:

EZBake Oven rack at the back;

Cannister racks on each side;

Cookware holders above the cannister racks.

It's a reasonably efficient use of space, and none of the various things interfere with each other's functioning. I can get the cannisters in and out with the pans in place or not. I can raise the bottom board to access storage without bumping any cannisters.

Yet to make: holders for my enameled camping plates and bowls, and perhaps for my cups and mixing bowls. I'm thinking of some kind of strips of wood that their various rims will slide into. I want to locate them beneath the shelf.
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Old 03-29-2006, 06:08 PM   #98
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Well, it's only 4 weeks until school is over! Woo-hoo! I'm planning a whole bunch of (cheap) projects for the summer. Depends on how much "building material" I can scrounge.

At least I should be able to finish hooking up the WVO conversion...that's already paid for (except for the "oh yeahs"....)
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Old 06-20-2006, 04:30 PM   #99
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Incremental Progress...

Well, I'm out of school for the summer, and don't have regular internet access, so it's going to be hard to post much.

I managed to finally tile my countertop! Yippee! It looks pretty dadgum good, if I do say so myself. The countertop is about 25 inches wide by 7 feet long. I used 8" white floor tile that was leftover from a bathroom floor project in my old house. With the cutouts for the stove and sink, I probably only used about 1/2 box of tile. I used a running bond pattern, where the rows of tile are offset by 1/2 tile, so you never have 4 corners meet...BUT...I turned the pattern on a 45 degree diagonal, so when you look at it there are a lot of diamond-ish and triangular shapes. The pattern is continued up the backsplash, too.

If you are going to do any amount of tilework, buy a wetsaw. They have cheap ones for less than $100, and they work fine. It makes things SO much easier.

Besides looking darned spiffy, it is so nice not to have to have a dirty, rough plywood counter. The entire thing is 2" thick (two layers of 5/8" plywood, plus backerboard, thinset, and tile. I will post pictures when I can.

Later this summer, I'm going to finish the final connections for the WVO conversion that I (mostly) installed back in the fall. In the meantime, I'm going to finish the bathroom wall coverings, and the bathroom vanity, to include tiling the tiny vanity top. Oh, and I'm also going to build some bookshelves, in order to gain control of the stacks of books that are beginning to develop in the bus.

Oh, and a computer cabinet...

And I have this idea to cover the roof of the bus with old circus tent fabric, not real, but something home made to look as if someone had cut up a huge circus tent, and used parts of it to cover the ceiling... "LEY CIRC"... "OG-FACED BO"... "IONS and TIGE"....."FREAKS"..."NAKE LAD..." Of course, flammability is an issue in having a paint soaked piece of canvas glued to your ceiling, but I think I can make it work. Soak the canvas in Borax first, and let it dry -- then it won't burn. The paint might, but the canvas won't.

So many ideas...can't go having too much fun at once, though, I guess!
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Old 06-20-2006, 10:05 PM   #100
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So many clowns, so few circuses! Sounds like you're gonna have the best show under the "Big Top"! Can't wait to see yer counter top pics, sounds snazzy!
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