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Old 12-26-2014, 09:53 AM   #71
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I know a ton of folks who use them. They are standard appliances everyone uses in the UK and Europe. Unless they are rich.
They aren't as good as separate units, but they have a much smaller footprint too.
If only going with one machine, its certainly preferable to be able to do both functions even at a reduced capacity.
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Old 12-27-2014, 09:10 AM   #72
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Roof panels looks like a huge job, but glad you got them out...congrats
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Old 12-28-2014, 01:47 AM   #73
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Brown, they were rough. I have a bum left wrist since Sept., some kind of tendon issue. I've spent over $600 on it already. I'll keep politics out of it, but I'll just say I don't have insurance & can't afford it. None too happy about it. So trying to do this project with a bum arm is a challenge. Just glad it's my left and not right arm!

Ok... No more whining ;)

For my preferences, a washing machine doesn't appeal at all. The two water-using appliances that turn on you and flood your place or bust pipes etc.?

Toilet & washing machine.

So I've decided to absolutely steer clear of those, and happily so. Really stoked about the composting toilet... The more I researched, the better it sounds!
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Old 12-29-2014, 05:41 AM   #74
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Brown, they were rough. I have a bum left wrist since Sept., some kind of tendon issue. I've spent over $600 on it already. I'll keep politics out of it, but I'll just say I don't have insurance & can't afford it. None too happy about it. So trying to do this project with a bum arm is a challenge. Just glad it's my left and not right arm!

Ok... No more whining ;)

For my preferences, a washing machine doesn't appeal at all. The two water-using appliances that turn on you and flood your place or bust pipes etc.?

Toilet & washing machine.

So I've decided to absolutely steer clear of those, and happily so. Really stoked about the composting toilet... The more I researched, the better it sounds!
Yes! It's whatever YOU like, that's the beauty of building something yourself!
I happen to have a fairer half who happily does ALL the household laundry, so I always keep her fully equipped for the job. Plus I really hate laundromats. She's from the UK (Glasgow) and likes the little kitchen units.

Your bus is gonna be amazing, man. I really dig the look of the exterior. Classic. Glad someone cool got that Gillig. I sure was watching that one stay at $500 for the first bit of the auction.
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Old 12-29-2014, 03:57 PM   #75
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True, I love the fact that by jumping in to the SkoolieWorld you can really make it 'your own,' and infuse your project with whatever personal flavor you'd like! I was just talking with a friend if mine who has a 25' 5th wheel, and he's renting it out to a buddy. He saw my bus & I walked him through the floor plan, what I wanted to build the counters, bed, walls & ceilings out of and he was jealous. Said that if he had to do it over & had the time, he would have refitted a skoolie and it wouldn't have weathered & started to fall apart like his, and the internals would have been exactly what he wanted & better quality. All for the same cost as he paid for for his pre-fab ready-made unit. It seems to be a common theme when I talk to some folks, and I enjoy the looks when I tell them it's going to be my actual 'home.' Also interesting: the number if people I talk to who don't even bat an eye and share that a friend has done it, is doing it or will be doing it, and using it as their home as well. Im enjoying every part of th process

You're lucky to have a fairer half, and especially one that will do the household chores! Left to my own devices, I might get swallowed up in dirty laundry one day. ;). And Glasgow? Does she have a single sister? ;). I just got back from a UK trip (Scotkand, England, Wales & Ireland) and loved it. Scotland really captured my heart. Wonderful place. Missed Glasgow this time, but will be back in September so hoping to spend a couple days there if possible.

I'm really digging the classic lines of the Gillig too. So funny we were both following the same auction. She would have made it back to your side of the country no problem. Definitely needed a cleaning before that though, she was dirty! I still haven't really cleaned her much since I was just demolishing the insides, but after I get the ceiling reconditioned & the wall panels out, I'll be giving her a good interior once-over.

So that's what's up next: remove side panels, clean & seal ceiling (although it's in amazing shape), identify & fix any rooftop rust problems, remove floorboards & grind out any frame rust & seal with Por 15.

I'm STOKED for the next month of work!

Hope everyone had an awesome & peaceful Christmas & a great New Year coming up this week! Be safe!

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Old 12-29-2014, 04:55 PM   #76
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Not that it's the SAME, but for 25 bucks a gallon there is Rusty Metal Primer at Lowes that would go a LOT further on a bus than POR15. That's the route I'm going. I used this Rust Primer on a project VW years ago and am still amazed as its been holding up really well. I use Ospho first then the Rustoleum Rusty Metal, then whatever topcoat, usually something flat black or semi gloss.

Funny thing about Glasgow- No one I know from there recommends it too heavily to tourists as they have the highest crime and murder rates in all of western europe. Its a dirty old town but part of Scotland for better or worse. It has its charms I guess. I got really lucky finding this lovely Scot. Have you tried all the Scottish stuff? Like Irnbru, haggis, Buckfast, etc?
We hope to visit the Highlands in a couple years, once we are done seeing the Western states.

And you're right- everyone seems to know someone who has done it. An aunt of Roxy's actually told us about her and an ex living in a skoolie for a few years back in the 80's. She said they traveled almost all 50 states.

Have a great New Year yourself. Cheers, mate.
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Old 01-04-2015, 05:04 PM   #77
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Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year, everybody!

Was busy over the holidays, but managed to keep plugging. Even if I'm not in the bus, my mind is grinding on one thing or another that has to do with layout, materials, cost, etc.

The latest thing to get done was the inside wall panels. They were attached pretty firmly at the bottom to the (what's the name for it? Base? Thingamajig?). I decided the best option was to take this:



Grind through about 7 discs doing this:



Then wrestle with each panel a little like this:



Until the bus looked kinda naked on the inside like this:



I've got the floor panels all ready to just lift out, but keeping them in while I still have dirty work to do. I'm thinking I'll be addressing the ceiling/roof looking at possible trouble spots, which I've found a few of but so far as I can tell the rust issues are minimal & easily remedied.



Clean the entire ceiling with mineral spirits.

Clean the walls with mineral spirits. There's 42 years of dust & grime that needs to go back in the earth.

Power grind & buff the floor/supports, then clean & seal.

When I'm done with that, I'll start cutting the sub floor & floor pieces, treating them, and ordering the insulation so that I can start that process. Looking forward to that aspect actually, don't know exactly why!

I've been struggling with a tendon issue in my left wrist since early September - called De Quervain's tendinosis - and aside from being irritatingly painful, it keeps me from being able to really use my left arm like I normally would. I find I can't just go into "Hulk Smash!!" mode, or carry things like I normally would, or even pull up my pants or hold things normally.



All that being said, I'm pressing forward, just a little more slowly & surely than I might normally! And yes...there have been moments I've hit my wrist with a hammer, or a piece of ceiling came down & thwacked it, leaving me no choice but to use spicy language suitable only for old-time sailors, or Samuel L. Jackson.

But I digress!

The bus plans on the inside are coming in to focus. I'm very excited about seeing it all come together. I've realized I will need to get help from friends or qualified pros if I want it to be a) livable by September and b) look nice. I'm ok with that. I've had several people get really excited about helping (electrical, plumbing, wood), so I'm stoked & thankful to be able to have something that allows friends to be together. It's all about community!

The outside? Wow. I'm at a loss. I want to do something that a) diminishes/disperses the heat, and looks nice to me & not painted like a wild Burning Man / Woodstock hippy bus, but still has character & includes a nod to my non-profit somehow, artfully.



Not really ever being a "tool guy," not mechanically inclined, quite possibly a crappy painter, and being terrible at math all make me wonder "WHAT am I doing ??" and "What AM I doing??" This project is definitely stretching me!

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Excellent pics. Moving along nicely!
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Making good progress ... great pics!
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Happy New Year, everybody!



I've been struggling with a tendon issue in my left wrist since early September - called De Quervain's tendinosis - and aside from being irritatingly painful, it keeps me from being able to really use my left arm like I normally would. I find I can't just go into "Hulk Smash!!" mode, or carry things like I normally would, or even pull up my pants or hold things normally.


Sorry, you can't use that as an excuse anymore...know why?





because Pirates sailed the world doing smash and grabs and even worst things like drinking and blow....Vegas style....


and all with a Giant Hook


maybe tape the pencil to your thumb and wrist to remind you not to use it?






and nice job stripping her to the bare walls and ceiling
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