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Old 07-31-2014, 12:54 PM   #421
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Duuuuude, I like the colour of the countertop. What did you use to glue it down with? Mine's coming up.
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Old 10-06-2014, 01:37 PM   #422
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Amazing work. Has there been any more progress on your build over the summer?
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Old 10-21-2014, 09:35 PM   #423
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Some bad news. Very bad news.

For the past 12 weeks I was in the burn unit at Shands hospital in Gainesville. I came home yesterday.

Back in July, I went into the bus to check the new propane system for leaks. I could't smell anything, so I assumed the air was clear. I was inside for a good two minutes before I threw any switches, just in case. Well, apparently, there was a small leak somewhere. When i pushed the igniter switch on the cooktop, the whole place exploded in a flash fire. I watched for a brief moment as the fireball expanded toward my face and body, then yelled (probably saved my lungs) and spun around to the door.

I was burned over about 27% of my body, mostly hands and legs, areas not covered by clothing. I was eventually rushed to Shands where I spent a few days in a coma and managed to survive sepsis. While under the effects of all the different pain meds, I also got to experience a bit of mental illness as I was hallucinating terribly for a few weeks. Everything from thinking corrupt police were trying to kill me to watching a bootleg copy of Godzilla on the ceiling of a South Beach bar—while still in my hospital bed.

As an added bonus, my arms and fingers have developed a somewhat rare form of bone ossification that affects only some trauma patients, leaving my elbows and a few fingers of each hand locked in position. I can't reach any part of my body above the waist with my hands, so I require help with almost everything. My parents and girlfriend are helping out and they are wonderful.

I have a long road to full recovery, but the doctors say that everything can be fixed with time, physical therapy, and more surgery for the ossification. In the meantime, the bus is on hold. Even my photography is off limits until I regain the use of my elbows and fingers.

So, remember to check and double-check your lines for leaks. I wouldn't wish my experience on my worst enemy and I don't want to read about it on this forum.
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Old 10-21-2014, 10:28 PM   #424
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Oh no! I'm really sorry to hear this! I hope you heal well, PDBreske...
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Old 10-21-2014, 10:30 PM   #425
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That's horrible!! Loving your bus, Get better soon and back on track. All the best.
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Old 10-21-2014, 11:02 PM   #426
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I will be praying for you and your family in this time of crisis. I'll also let my friends and family know and do the same. Godspeed on your recovery.

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Old 10-22-2014, 06:21 AM   #427
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So sad to hear of your accident. This kind of thing was one of my biggest fears, being a boat mechanic for over 25 years. Flammable fumes in confined spaces with ignition source is a very bad thing. Thanks for warning everyone here. I sincerely hope you have a speed recovery and regain that which is lost. I will be praying for you for such. Thankfully you have loving peeps there to help you along the way. One cannot imagine having to walk this path alone. From one "Camel" (Gimel (our buses name) is Hebrew for Camel) owner to another, "Get well soon".

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Old 10-22-2014, 08:00 AM   #428
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Thought and prayers for a full recovery. Never give up!!
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Old 10-22-2014, 09:42 AM   #429
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Holy cr@p! So sorry to hear of your accident. It's said in the RV world that owners should have a qualified technician check the propane lines annually. This definitely proves the point, the hard way. I hope you have a speedy and full recovery.

Just before I read your account of your accident, I noticed in your photos that you have your stove top located under cabinets with no vent hood. This is another accident waiting to happen and should be corrected after you've recovered and resume your conversion work. In residential construction, there has to be a range hood above a stove top, and it has to be at least 30 inches (if I remember correctly) above the stove top. Words to the wise.
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Sorry to hear about this, good luck and god speed getting back on your feet.
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