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Old 09-26-2016, 09:10 PM   #851
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The wife and I fully approve of the progress and the looks. Tell
the family we miss them and can maybe get together at the
Quartzite affair in january. Stay focused and keep up the great work.
Oh, by the way have you been to the bus barn to get your original
papers for the bus yet?
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Old 09-27-2016, 01:52 AM   #852
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Thanks for the encouraging words! The plan is to drive out to the bus barn, but it seems the target always slips a little. Getting all the lids on things was a great move forward for us. I think once the tanks are fixed in place I'll feel comfortable about driving out to snohomish and not having stuff rattle around everywhere. I'd hate to smash a fitting on a tank.

Wiring and lights are next paycheck, along with some steel for tank assembly.

We are getting close. Running hot and cold water and lights are so close.

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The wife and I fully approve of the progress and the looks. Tell
the family we miss them and can maybe get together at the
Quartzite affair in january. Stay focused and keep up the great work.
Oh, by the way have you been to the bus barn to get your original
papers for the bus yet?
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Old 09-27-2016, 01:55 AM   #853
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I redid some of the kitchen drawer faces because they looked awful. Fortunately I was able to use all the scrap from the other cabinets to cut new clean faces.

The public service announcement is that 3M VHB tape is really just wonderful for getting the drawer face alignment perfect, followed with some screws to hold everything down tight.
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Old 10-02-2016, 10:23 PM   #854
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Bedroom work, cabinets and storage. I have some metal trim work which will make things look nice I think.


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Old 10-02-2016, 10:40 PM   #855
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I redid some of the kitchen drawer faces because they looked awful. Fortunately I was able to use all the scrap from the other cabinets to cut new clean faces.

The public service announcement is that 3M VHB tape is really just wonderful for getting the drawer face alignment perfect, followed with some screws to hold everything down tight.
We use some extremely high tack double sided tape at the trophy shop to hold faceplates to wall plaques and trophies....
You'll bend the faceplate if you try to pull it off... You get 1 shot at getting in place right

Comes in handy for EVERYTHING!!!
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Old 10-08-2016, 07:31 PM   #856
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Got the folding activity tables installed. Each table is 77x18 inches. It should be enough room for 6 folks to eat dinner, computer nerd, draw, homework, whatever.

They fold flat and stow under the beds. The upper beds will have sheeting and fold out lights or whatever. When the uppers are folded out for beds, the lights are used by the lower occupants. The upper bunks also have lights and stuff.



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Old 10-08-2016, 08:39 PM   #857
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I like the addition of the fold out table/workspace!! My floor plan has a similar work area, but I didn't consider making it fold down. I may have to utilize this idea, it would create a bit more hangout space.
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Old 10-08-2016, 09:55 PM   #858
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those tables are badass! with the beds.. super cool
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Old 10-09-2016, 10:48 PM   #859
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This is looking really, really sweet man. The birch looks phenomenal. Super envious, keep up the epic work!
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Old 10-23-2016, 02:27 AM   #860
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Got some onboard electrical going finally. I have an older 40 amp float charger - you can just leave it plugged in.

I am treating the lighting in the bus sort of like a car, they are connected to the coach batteries not house batteries. There is a relay setup that connects the coach batteries only if the charger is feeding the system, or the engine is running.

The relay is latched to the vehicle power too, so you can unplug from shore and lights stay on for a while until you start engjne, but they will power down if you don't do anything for a while.

I think right now the hardest thing is deciding on light placement, so I have some wires stabbed into DC power to test light fixtures. I'm trying to make most lighting secondary reflective.

Pretty sure it gets more complex once I have house batteries, solar, generators, hamster wheels, etc.



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