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Old 07-14-2005, 03:19 PM   #71
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Got the outhouse door done!

It closes off the entire bathroom area so you can shower in semi-privacy.



or...

it closes off just the toilet area, so you can...whatever...in semi-privacy. (For shy visitors, Wal-Mart is a couple of blocks away )



I'm going to put some kind of fence hardware slide-bolt on the door to hold it closed in both positions, primarily so that it can be locked down when the bus is in motion.

Now, if I can just finish the lavatory area walls...I'll be ready to start on the ceilings throughout the bus...
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Old 07-27-2005, 03:45 PM   #72
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Washing...

I started washing my bus on Monday evening. I started with the roof. It was VERY dirty, almost dark gray from sitting under oak trees for nearly 3 months. I got all of the roof done and most of one side, but that took about 4 hours. I didn't do anything yesterday, but this morning I washed about half of the front end, and the last of the side started Monday). Boy, what a difference! The paint is holding up very well. I'm scrubbing with a scrub brush and dishwashing liquid. I hope to finish the last of it this evening when it cools off a bit. There is a noticeable difference in the heat I can feel on the ceiling since I have washed the roof.
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Old 08-10-2005, 03:05 PM   #73
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Curtains for the bus!!! (Shades, really.)

I finished my shades! At least, the ones for the front part of the bus. Thank goodness! It took several days, 3 or 4. It was slow going at first, but by the time I finished the last one, I had it down to about 1.5 hours per shade.

The shades REALLY keep the light out. I wasn't trying to achieve a blackout curtain effectiveness, but came pretty close to it. Except for where light leaks around the edges of the shades, no light comes in or out. It keeps things MUCH cooler.

And it looks SO much better than trash bags duct taped to the windows... :P

Here are the instuctions: http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/album38?page=1
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Nice job, Eric, those shades REALLY look nice!

Having seen your photo-mentary, and studied the text, I am convinced that I must paint my windows. Alas, I completely lack the ability to do more than cut a basic rectangle-like piece of cloth to crudely drape over them.

I am fairly handy with wood, though, and had pondered the thought of making roll-top desk type shades that would disappear up into the overhead cabinets. They may block the light a little more than than I'd like, but they could be painted white on the window side to reflect heat, and painted or stained to match / coordinate with the inside.

P.S. There's some dude with a camera looking in yer window on picture 18.
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Old 08-11-2005, 04:30 PM   #75
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Nice job, Eric, those shades REALLY look nice!

Having seen your photo-mentary, and studied the text, I am convinced that I must paint my windows. Alas, I completely lack the ability to do more than cut a basic rectangle-like piece of cloth to crudely drape over them.

I am fairly handy with wood, though, and had pondered the thought of making roll-top desk type shades that would disappear up into the overhead cabinets. They may block the light a little more than than I'd like, but they could be painted white on the window side to reflect heat, and painted or stained to match / coordinate with the inside.

P.S. There's some dude with a camera looking in yer window on picture 18.
Oh, fabric's no harder to work with than wood. You could do it, I'm sure. The tambour idea you mention did occur to me, and I thought of trying to incorporate it into the wall panels below the windows, so that you could just pull up the shades, and then return them to their storage in the wall panels when you didn't want them. Pulling them up from the bottom would allow you the ability to position them part of the way down from the top, letting in some light and giving some visibility at the top of the windows without sacrificing to much privacy at the lower levels. Mostly for time considerations back when I was constructing the interior at mybabymamma's house, I abandoned that idea, but I think it's a really good one. Having the tambours stained to match the rest of the trim would give a very intense old architectural flavor to the interior.
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Pulling them up from the bottom would allow you the ability to position them part of the way down from the top, letting in some light and giving some visibility at the top of the windows without sacrificing to much privacy at the lower levels.
I too, had thought about pulling them up from the bottom, but I don't want to lose any more of the interior width than I have to to make the frame tracks for them to travel down. I can, however, afford to lose a little space in the overhead cabinets. As far as privacy, I have plenty of that where I am located. Even when I am on the road, I'm not terribly concerned about someone seeing in. The bed & bath areas will not be viewable from the outside.

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Oh, fabric's no harder to work with than wood.
Maybe so, but I have some woodworking skills and enough tools to pull it off, as well as low-cost access to the materials, but I don't have anything but a needle, thread & scissors for fabric work & I can't even hand sew a button back on my shirt straight, much less yards of shade seams.

I was just kidding about painting my windows, I also plan on putting privacy screens on the outside, and heavy curtains on the inside of the private areas of the bus.

Just an additional note to all: I hope to be posting some pictures of what it looks like at present soon. It doesn't look much different from the "As Seen On eBay" album in the gallery, except the pictures will be clearer, and all must excuse the mess, as I am living in it & doing some moonlight computer work in it, and trying to convert it all at once. I'll shoot a flare when I get 'em posted. (Finally got access to a reasonable camera in exchange for some computer repairs. The barter system is alive & well.)
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ROFLMAO!

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I know exactly what you're dealing with!

Don't worry, it'll all be over soon. (That's an absolute lie, but it's supposed to make you feel better.)
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ROFLMAO!
HUH?!? What language is that? (I know it's an acronym for something, I just don't know what. YKWIM? Hey, and I wasn't kidding, inside my bus looks like Hurricane Central!
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Thanx, Steve!

Hey, any body know where I can obtain a list of these things so I won't seem QUITE so stupid. (My problem is that it is better to be silent and look stupid, than to speak (or type) and remove all doubt!)
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