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Old 07-12-2005, 02:15 PM   #51
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Funny how an initial mechanical challenge gets personal!

Perhaps a little bit of strategically placed C-4 or Det-cord would do the trick. . . I can touch base with Guido. . .


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Just fill the hot tub with veggie oil for the trip out there
Gotta be careful there though, them peeps gotta be batter dipped before they jump in for a soak!
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Old 07-13-2005, 12:34 PM   #52
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Got a tool rental place near by? The rental places have backpack torches here.
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Old 07-18-2005, 12:28 AM   #53
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gonna call the local rent-all place tomorrow and see if they have a set of backpack torches. if not, i think i'll go buy a set. I was talking to some crazy welding guy, and he said home depot has about the best prices around.

I plan to buy the steel for the hydraulic jacuzzi project tomorrow too, since the steel place is on the way home from the scrap yard. The good news is that a bus is the perfect vehicle for transporting 24 foot pieces of steel.

gonna use 1/4" x 2" channel for the frame for the jacuzzi platform, and some 5 or 6" ID 1/8" (or 1/4, not sure) square tubing. I was talking to an engineer friend of mine about what i should use to build the platform without too much overkill. I think i have it pretty much all figure out.
Now the fun really begins as i start the actual work.
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Old 07-19-2005, 06:10 PM   #54
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I'm stuck at work today, so i "drew" up some plans for the jacuzzi lift..

we'll see if i can take what's in my head and make it make sense to others.....

Called and ordered the steel today (except the square tube....that's almost $500)

the first is a view from the top looking down. It's a simple ladder style frame made from 3" x 1/4" chanell. Dimenions are approx. 88" x 80"

the view to the right is a look at just the frame from the side to show the placement of the 8" square tube.

the corners are square tube 8"x8" ~36" tall each

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this next view is from the side, with the lift in the down position. Notice how the cylinders fit inside the 8" square tube.




Same side view, but hte jacuzzi platform is now extended.

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Old 07-19-2005, 06:23 PM   #56
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If all goes as planned in the next couple days i'll take some photo's of the steel getting welded together, and the cylinders being mounted. I have to wait till next week to buy the square tube though.

I did not anticipate the price of steel being so high, but the project is still worth the expense.
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Old 07-20-2005, 01:24 PM   #57
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Awesome!

That's going to be an awesome feature. Are you going to have some kind of mechanical linkage between the tub frame and the roof panels to move them out of the way as the tub rises, or are you going to do that manually before raising the tub?
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I'm gonna install some poles that connect the cieling/roof in the jacuzzi area to the jacuzzi frame. That way as the hot tub begins to rise, so will the ceiling.

in the open position, the jacuzzi will still have a canopy.

I think i'll also install a fog machine and some flashing lights that should help make the rising jacuzzi rather dramatic...
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I got so much work done today!

Photo's to come....

I painted the ceiling with wildfire blue paint. They claim it is some of the most UV luminescent paint money can buy. It's the same stuff that blue man group uses during their performances. Under blacklight, it's pretty intense.

Anyhow....It looks spectacular! Blue ceiling with black flames. I also took some odd shapes of acrylic mirror and attached them to the ceiling in random places. It really looks good.

Got the 2 benches built, installed, and covered with black fabric. I still need a new couch.

Finally gave up on trying to pull the cylinders at the scrap yard myself. Paid the junk yard guy an extra $50. to do it for me, but he won't have them until monday. I did however weld together the new frame for the jacuzzi. Steel was a ton more than i anticipated....over $600.00 and i'm not finished. It's the 8"x8" square tube that really killed me. Oh well, it's just money! It'll prob cost about $1,000 to finish the jacuzzi project. That's at least double what i originally planned.
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Takes money to make money...

They, say it takes money to make money... Maybe if you ever sell The Jacuzzi Bus II you'll make out as well as you did on the Original Jacuzzi Bus! Sounds like you have been really busy!
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