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!