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Old 12-06-2013, 09:23 PM   #551
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Drove the bus around in the rain to see if I could shake out any more leaks. So far I only have two very small ones. Also I can't believe how much quieter the bus is with only the floor insulated. Can't wait to get the rest done.
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Old 12-07-2013, 09:18 PM   #552
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We have 2" of snow and then heavy ice coming tomorrow.

I spent the whole day in the bus working on insulation. I spent the morning finishing the floor. I got all done but in front of the front wheel wells. I then started doing the roof. With the curve I figured it will be more work then the walls. I always like to get the hard part done first.

It was more involved then I anticipated.

1) My bus is very dirty, so I have to wipe down everything before I can glue the insulation on.
2) I thought the middle of the roof would be easy, but the 2" insulation would not bend to it. SO I had to score the pieces to get it to bend.
3) When I cut the first piece from the 8' x 4' sheet the left over is 7" to narrow. So I have to plan well so I don't have to much left over scraps. I got it down to five sections out of three sheets.
4) I had to cut my scrap plywood to make pieces that I can screw into the supports to hold the middle up until the glue holds. I'm using 3M 90 spray glue. This stuff is strong.I grabbed a hold of the insulation and tried to pull it down. It did not budge.

It took me a while to figure out how much to score the insulation to get a good fit. I found that if I cut a 6" section and score every 3" in the middle 4" it does the job.



After scoring the piece you can see that it already curves.



Here are the first two sections up showing the plywood holding the middle up.

By 10:00 I got half the roof done. With only one person it is a slow process. If I had two more people, we could start an assembly line and get it done faster.



Now that I have a process to get the roof up. I'm going to work on the walls and the work out how to do the remaining 1.5' of the roof where it curves sharper. I can feel a difference on how warm it is in the back compared to the front. I really thought that since all I had to do now was cut insulation and not cut plywood, this would go a lot faster.
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:28 PM   #553
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The snow started this morning while I was working in the bus.



Two inches ended up being eight inches.



If you look at the snow on the roof, you can see where I insulated.

I could not get the glue to stick on the ceiling. A combination of cold and condensation, so I started to work on the walls. They stayed dry and the glue worked. I have a ledge with a lip that I had to work around.



I cut away some on the insulation so it would fit.



I just free hand it and it did the job.



I insulated the raised piece in the back. That was fun to fit.



I still need to figure how to insulate this area.



Well with half the roof and one section of the wall I was able to get the temp up to 63 while it was 27 outside.



There is a lot of bus to insulate, this will take awhile. I only have less than two weeks before my trip to Indiana. I hope I can get it done.
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coming along nicely
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:29 AM   #555
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The snow started this morning while I was working in the bus.



Two inches ended up being eight inches.
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I grew in Northern Illinois during the winters of 77,78,79,80, now I've been living in Northern California for the last 33 yrs just North East of San Francisco I would love to wake up to 8" of snow or more here
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Looks great, I am amazed at how thick the insulation is, but you can see how affective it is by the snow on the roof, good job.
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Looks great, I am amazed at how thick the insulation is, but you can see how affective it is by the snow on the roof, good job.
This is the first two inches, when I get back from my trip I will ad one more inch. I want three all the way around.
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There is a lot of bus to insulate, this will take awhile. I only have less than two weeks before my trip to Indiana. I hope I can get it done.
I have no doubt that you can. In case you haven't noticed, you've done an insane amount of work in a very short period of time with minimal outside help! Your progress is amazing!

I feel like the inside of your bus is going to be a very cozy palace when you're done. I wish ours was coming along so quick! Hoping we'll have the walls installed and insulated as well as the wood stove here soon!
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We got eight inches of snow and ice on top. I got to work from home today. I did a little work then ran out and played in the bus. We are suppose to get 4 -6 inches tomorrow, so I may be working from home tomorrow and Wednesday.

Today I decided to tackle the front cap. The steel shelf had screw holes every 4".



You can see them along the bottom. So I marked the insulation every 4". Then measured at the screw hole to the roof and marked the same on the insulation. Then it was connect the dots.



I cut the insulation a little large and with a bevel so I can wedge it into the roof.



I used my hand to pound it in place. It fits nice and tight.



It is 6" to the first support, so I cut strips of insulation 6 1/8" and wedged it up between the support and the front insulation. Next time I go to Home Depot I will pick up some aluminum tape. and tape it together.



As I worked inside with the heat on, the snow melted off the roof except where it is insulated. I think that is a good thing.



I cut the 1 1.2" insulation to fit behind the chair rail. This was a pain because there are screws from the rub rail that stick out. I had to cut grooves to slide it past them.



Then cut the 2" and glued to the wall on top.



Starting to look like the space shuttle in here.
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There is a lot of bus to insulate, this will take awhile. I only have less than two weeks before my trip to Indiana. I hope I can get it done.
I have no doubt that you can. In case you haven't noticed, you've done an insane amount of work in a very short period of time with minimal outside help! Your progress is amazing!

I feel like the inside of your bus is going to be a very cozy palace when you're done. I wish ours was coming along so quick! Hoping we'll have the walls installed and insulated as well as the wood stove here soon!
Thanks Inkblot, I keep switching between a wood stove or not. I will be living out of the bus and traveling. not sure how to deal with getting wood. If I stayed in one place, it would be a no brainer.
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