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Old 08-12-2005, 05:09 PM   #81
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Old 08-12-2005, 06:58 PM   #82
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Hmmm...just glancing at the dictionary, I notice that they don't have ADIDAS...

They did have AYBABTU...

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Old 08-12-2005, 09:34 PM   #83
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Thanx, Steve! WOW, is there anything the internet DOESN'T have!?!
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I had overnight houseguests...or as I call them, PASSENGERS! LOL! My brother-in-law and baby sister stopped by to crash for the night on their way from Chicago, IL to Jacksonville, FL. It was nice to see them, and the entertaining (for the couple of hours after they arrived and before we turned in, and the couple of hours this morning before they left) went well. I showed them my composting toilet...the workings of it, not just the outside. They could not smell it at all in the bus, so it's not just my wishful thinking (and smoker's nose) that can't detect any smell, which is nice to know. When I opened up the hatch over the two holding buckets, that disrupted the airflow from the vent fan, and they could smell it. My BIL said it was an "organic" smell, and my sister said it smelled "kind of poopy" as she covered her nose with her shirt. LOL. They both used it. My sister said she did not have any trouble "hitting" the funnel/urine diverter, so the concept works adequately for wimmins plumbing, too. I had meant to empty the "active", or collecting, bucket before they arrived, but they got in earlier than anticipated, so they had to face a nearly full bucket of poop in order to use the toilet. The contents look more like a bucket of mashed up horse turds than people poop because of all the rabbit food that goes in with each use, so it's really not that disgusting to look at. If you've lived on a farm, you've seen worse, probably.

I fixed pico de gallo and salsa (pico de gallo in tomato sauce with some chipotle hot sauce for flavor) for a snack when they arrived. They got to see that the kitchen functions just like any other kitchen. For breakfast I cooked some fried potatoes, and also scrambled eggs with peppers, onions, tomatoes, and garlic in them...not quite an omlet, since I never can get an omlet to hold together, but almost. We also had a honeydew that I had purchased the night before. I have a suspicion that my sister will make a report on my living conditions to my mother, so proving that I can have a home cooked meal and nice fresh veggies will go a long way toward convincing everyone that I'm not entirely crazy (of course, they all lived on sailboats for years, so they know it's possible to do without a lot of "conveniences".)

Lately I have not accomplished too much work, although I have made progress on finishing the bathroom walls, completing the driver's side wall. That leaves me with only the rear driver's side wall and the door, and the overhead panel (not the ceiling, the back wall part) to complete back there.

I got some 1.5" donut shaped magnets for the shower curtain at RadioShack, but they were not strong enough to hold it up. I need to get some of the rare earth magnets. I also decided that I could probably use the rare earth magnets to hold up curtains over the front door until I get the driver's area framed in and finished off.

I have worked out a good way to cover the windows from the inside in areas where you don't want to use windows (in my case, a hanging locker) but you don't want to go to the effort of putting up sheet metal on the outside. I will post pics once it is done.

I almost completed a shelf in the pantry side of my hanging locker that will accomodate canned goods and let me reclaim the upper section of my hanging locker for kitchen utensils and cookware, as planned.

Sister and BIL slept on airmattresses (therma-rest brand - excellent) on top of my imitation persian rugs, and claimed to have had a restful night. Then we put the mattresses up and lounged around on the rugs all morning just visiting and chatting, so that "furniture" arrangement seems to work adequately. Of course, they're pretty open minded people....

Sister is 26, and BIL is 30 (I think), so they are quite a bit younger than me (44). He is from India, having emigrated to Canada when he was about 12. He is a Canadian citizen, and now, since I sponsored him, he is also an American citizen. She has applied for Canadian citizenship, and will have it in about a year, IIRC. He is just finishing up his architecture licensing exams, and they will be moving to Toronto, where his parents live after that. But first....they are about to set of for 5 weeks in India, 2 weeks in China, and about a week and a half in Japan. What an adventure that will be!
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Old 09-13-2005, 12:39 PM   #85
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I have come up with my own kind of window covering. Well, actually, this is a fairly common solution to window coverings, but this is my version of it. This allows you to block off windows without doing structural work, insulate at least half of the window, and still have the window available to use for ventilation when you want to.

http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/album46



It's just a sliding panel over the top (opening) section of the window, and a fixed, insulated panel over the bottom. The panels are made out of masonite tileboard, with the white side facing out, so they will reflect lots of light and heat.

Wouldn't look too good from the outside on a bus with a dark paint scheme, though!
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Do those rattle quite a bit when driving?
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Old 09-13-2005, 09:27 PM   #87
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Driving? What's that???

I haven't driven the bus since I parked it in the RV park. The framing around the window shouldn't rattle, as it is fastened down very tightly (or will be when it's done). The lower section of the window also should not rattle, as it is screwed and glued to the framing. The upper part might rattle, as is, but I intend to improve it by putting strips of felt along its edges where they slide up and down behind the framing, both on the outside and the inside of the board, just to make it a tighter fit. As is, when everything is in place, the upper board drops like a guillotine blade when you release it, and I want it to be a tight sliding fit.
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Old 09-15-2005, 12:51 PM   #88
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Here's the view from the outside



The white masonite tileboard really keeps heat out. I can tell a major difference in temperature between the two halves of the hanging locker.

Since the tileboard is pretty close to the window surface, and the framing seals around the window edges fairly well, this should also function to some degree as a storm window by preventing a circulation of air against the window.
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Old 09-15-2005, 08:30 PM   #89
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masonite

Hey, I was wondering about using masonite as a flooring material. We use it in theatre's all the time. What do you think about it as a floor? It seems it would be easy to clean, paintable, somewhat insulating and reasonably priced. Just floating ideas. - Richard
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Since it is a fiber board you would need to make sure you seal it good. My house had Masonite siding on it and it was built in 1956. If termites had not damaged so much of it, it would still be there. You could varnish it with marine grade varnish and I bet it would look real good.
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