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Old 03-25-2013, 10:37 AM   #111
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Back a few pages, I read that pex had disadvantages over copper. Not the case at all.

As a installer of radiant heating systems I would like to add a few points.
Pex has come a long way since the 80's. The grades of pex we use today in hydronic heating and potable water supply will both out last any human, or copper line.

Pex is not subject to mineral build up inside of the lines like copper. Over time, this build up causes restriction that decreases performance drastically.

Most good grades of pex are now UV stabilized. The ones that aren't simply need a coat of latex paint to block the UV.

Pex that is made for radiant heating has minimal expansion and contraction.

Most grades of Pex that are made for radiant heating contain a oxygen barrier to stop corrosion in closed loop systems.

And last, and most of all. Please don't make the mistake of installing the lines in your floor with air around them. You will get less that 5% of the heat transfer. Lines MUST be set into aluminum heat plates, or mortared into the grooves with some type of small aggregate cement mix. This is the biggest mistake of DIY hydronic heating. Second biggest mistake is no insulation under the lines to separate the heat zone from the substrate. Steal bus floor in your case.

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Old 04-18-2013, 04:01 PM   #112
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I needed a very sturdy (for customers) outside step. This is what I built today. I think this should be strong enough as well as fairly easy to move and store.
Bottom right is nested for storage. Pegs on bottom of top step drop into holes in the bottom. It's treated lumber so if it ever dries out I'll probably coat it with poly.
Not sure what to do about it being slick. I don't think I'll get anything to stick to it for a while. Depending on how high I need just use one or two.
This coming weekend I know that I'll need both.

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Old 04-18-2013, 06:46 PM   #113
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niice paint job it looks great! now you just got to paint the rims white too match the top hahaha
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:18 AM   #114
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Second trip. Just got back from my second event. No real problems, this time I even had hot and cold running water and a working toilet.
Here's a picture parked at the event. The MCI belongs to my son Scott. We do photography at stock dog herding events.



Scott and Tami waiting for next class to start. Tami does a great job of sorting pictures and printing contact sheets.


The new screen door works great. This is the first time I've done an event here that we didn't fill up with flies.

Next trip is in three weeks, we are both going to the Great Lakes Converted Coaches Rally In Elkhart, IN. So, I've got three weeks to make things more comfortable for Mumsywumsy. Her idea of roughing it is no room service at the Holiday Inn, Not sure why she has stayed with me all of these years, My idea of torture is staying at the Holiday Inn.
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Great to hear, it's always an adventure, even going to just the store.

Your screen door is Pimp-tastic and a mod we will do if I ever fix our door
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:33 PM   #116
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Next trip is in three weeks, we are both going to the Great Lakes Converted Coaches Rally In Elkhart, IN. So, I've got three weeks to make things more comfortable for Mumsywumsy. Her idea of roughing it is no room service at the Holiday Inn, Not sure why she has stayed with me all of these years, My idea of torture is staying at the Holiday Inn.
Anywhere I can find some info on the Rally. I might be interested in going. What are the dates and requirements for attending?
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Anywhere I can find some info on the Rally. I might be interested in going. What are the dates and requirements for attending?
It's May 15-19, sponsored by the Great Lakes Converted Coach chapter of FMCA. I'm a new member so I don't know the details of requirements, I would think all are welcome.
I've put a downloadable pdf on my site here.

http://www.somewhereinusa.x10.mx/trav_link.html

Best bet would be to call the rally sponsors.

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Got the entry steps finished today. All but the top riser, it will have to wait until the floor is done.



I'm not sure I like the boards above the floor line, it's some leftover laminate flooring.
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Those steps look great.
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I think maybe painting the seperation Trim a color "that pops" enough so your eyes can "relax" between 2 wood types miight work good
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