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Old 06-04-2015, 07:56 PM   #181
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Way too much work here.

I can't work on my bus because I'm always working.

Why do you guys have a work shortage?

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Old 06-04-2015, 08:19 PM   #182
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In all seriousness, I do just fine odd-jobbing it.
I have a paid-for house on a nice size lot, a halfway paid for nearly new subaru, a shop full of tools and supplies, a sweet bus, a great ole lady, and I haven't missed one bill since being laid off of my job 2 years ago. I held that job for about 12 years.
I don't really miss that life, the extra money would be nice though.
I'm doin my own thing in my own time. I never turn down an honest day's work.
No one to answer to and nothing to answer for is great.

The work situation here in Florida is horrendous. When I was vacationing in Colorado last year I saw something that I haven't seen in years here- "Now Hiring" signage.
Parts of the country are suffocating. The Southeast isn't doing to well these days.

The jobs that are readily available don't pay more than 8 an hour.
But this is all going way off topic.
Anyone interested in my work and the economy feel free to PM me.
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Old 06-05-2015, 05:03 AM   #183
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Parts of the country are suffocating. The Southeast isn't doing to well these days.

The jobs that are readily available don't pay more than 8 an hour.
But this is all going way off topic.
Anyone interested in my work and the economy feel free to PM me.
As is New Jersey. Governor Krispy Kreme's tax breaks and corporate giveaways have plunged the state to 49th in job creation, and the four casinos getting shuttered in AC didn't help the county's economy and job prospects. At least when college is session, I get my Post 9/11 GI Bill so that helps with the rent and utilities.

And back to your regularly scheduled topic...
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Old 06-17-2015, 08:11 AM   #184
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Got some new tools and stuff!!!



Hobart 140 mig and medium Radnor oxyacetylene setup with some TINY bottles of gas. Plus a bunch of other goodies. Getting ever closer to raising this roof.





This $30 Ryobi is an amazing drill for the money!!!

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Old 06-17-2015, 08:39 AM   #185
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Old 06-17-2015, 08:51 AM   #186
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Me too!

The first compressor I bought was a Dewalt on sale. Big mistake. Dewalt is crap these days. Sucker leaked oil before I even started it up.
Exchanged it for the Kobalt. Much better unit.
No more rattle cans, either. I finally splurged on two cheap paint guns and man has it ever made my life easier!
Gotta love tools.
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:57 PM   #187
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IMO.

Dewalt is $hit now. They are owned by the same company as black and Decker.

A mig 140 is a bit small. A few $$ more would have gotten you a 240 volt unit. All their 240 units will still run on 120 also.

Remember, a welder is not needed to raise a roof. Your health is bad enough without welding on galvanized steel that can be riveted together.

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Old 06-17-2015, 01:59 PM   #188
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Remember, a welder is not needed to raise a roof. Your health is bad enough without welding on galvanized steel that can be riveted together.

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Do you suggest bolting it together? Not welding it may be "safe enough" for normal travel, and fine compared to modern RV protection, I'd say welding is far safer if an accident were to occur. It doesn't take much to put a bus on it's side, and I'd sure hate for my roof to fall off in the process.
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Old 06-17-2015, 02:12 PM   #189
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This $30 Ryobi is an amazing drill for the money!!!
Last summer I picked up the Ryobi 5 piece cordless tool set that HD had and that was probably one of the best tool purchases I've made, making it handy between working on the bus and the house. And their Li batteries are awesome. They sat discharged until February, thrown on to a 6 bank charger/conditioner and fired right up and continue to hold their charge.
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Old 06-17-2015, 02:12 PM   #190
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Do you suggest bolting it together? Not welding it may be "safe enough" for normal travel, and fine compared to modern RV protection, I'd say welding is far safer if an accident were to occur. It doesn't take much to put a bus on it's side, and I'd sure hate for my roof to fall off in the process.

Welcome new member.

Here we go again.

Go back and do some reading. Look at the way the bus is put together from the factory. Down at the bottom of the chair rail is where you need to look.

The wall ribs never touch the floor ribs, and sure as hell are not welded to them.

The entire weight of the wall ribs are supported by nothing more than the rivets into the chair rail, and a few into the outside sheeting.

A armature welder welding on 16 gauge galvanized steel will do more harm to the steel than good trying to weld it.

There is nothing that would break my Bolted rib extensions.

Just for added strength, I also added por 15 paint between every one.

Por 15 paint is listed as a metal glue.

I don't take shortcuts. If welding was a better way, that's what I would have done.

Until you have taken a few buses apart to the skeleton with your hands, you may not understand.

Welding has it's place, this is not it.

This is eastcoastCB's build thread. If this topic needs to continue, I will start a thread "Welding VS Rivets".

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