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Old 07-08-2012, 03:52 PM   #71
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Thanks guys.

Chev, how would I use the water column to test the appliances? I was assuming I'd just get the propane there and see what lit.

(After checking for leaks in the LP system, of course ... )
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:05 PM   #72
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you can easily test for leaks cheaply buy buying the bubble and wand kit... that fluid has exactly the right surface tension. the water column is for the fine adjustments to your regulators, they are preset, and will pretty much work as is. mostly what you need to do is to be sure that the orifices are open, and your burner ends like on the stove arent plugged up. to clean them, you can buy cheaply a welding tip cleaner which has many size small wires and that will clean them out. dont take things like the oven thermostat apart as they need sealed properly, and i have never found one that had junk in it.

i think you could find out how to make a water column or purchase gas test equipment on the internet.

hope this helps.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:34 PM   #73
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There are several articles on the internet, RV and otherwise, about making your own water-column tester using clear tubing, a little liquid, and a ruler or marked back-board. http://www.rverscorner.com/manometer.html is one of them.

Just remember the device is designed to measure a fraction of a psi. Connect it to a pressure tank, and you will have a fountain, not a gauge.

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. . . Does anyone know if one of the small propane containers (like for a burns-o-matic torch) will have enough pressure/volume to test the fridge or stove, or should I go and just buy myself a 20lb tank? (And no, I can't just steal the one from the grill, I'm strickly a lump charcoal guy. )
You might as well go and get a 20 lb. tank. If the appliances work, you would eventually want one, anyway. I might test the stove with a torch bottle lash-up, but personally wouldn't risk the 'fridge without a regulator.

You can get a re-conditioned tank at the exchange places like the box stores or home centers even if you don't have one to trade. Just be aware, most of them, at least around here, sell you 15 lbs of propane in a 20 lb tank in order to make the price look good compared to a refill. You don't have to buy a brand-new empty tank for the price of a 3/4 full reconditioned exchange tank, and then buy the gas elsewhere on top of that cost.

When you empty the tank, if you refill the whole 20 lbs. at a propane dealer you will come out a little bit ahead compared with another swap, and it won't run empty quite as often. If you are going to be refilling the tank instead of swapping it, try to check the certification dates stamped on the swap-out tanks, and pick a tank with the most recent date you can find. After a number of years (12?), the tanks can't be refilled without being re-certified.

If you have friends or neighbors who are not of the charcoal persuasion, they may have old tanks with worn-out grills that they see no value in, and will give you. Even an out-of-date tank can be exchanged at most of the swap places, but if it has an old valve there will be an up-charge to swap it for one with a modern Overfill Protection valve. The old tank will get a new OPD valve when it is re-habbed.
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:08 PM   #74
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So, I'm back to doing some work on the bus. This time, some wainscotting for the walls. I've been working on some nice oak recessed paneling.



This is along the wall between the bathroom and the kitchen. I've since added a nice panel of 1/4" ply in the open area at the top.




This is some paneling that's right at the entry by the stairs and up to the rail/chair arm for the bench by the front door.
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Looks good, I always envy the wood working folks
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diggin that woodwork, looking forward to seeing this one get trimmed out.
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The wood working looks fantastic. Very nice!
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The wood work looks great, how much do you rent out for?
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:48 AM   #79
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Thanks all. I really enjoy doing the woodwork, but it's a hobby.

I just built a set of stairs for my in-laws and the neighbors wanted my card so I could do some work for them too. They were disappointed to find that I wasn't a professional.
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So ... We're going to try an overnight camp in the shell, even if it's not much more than a 'metal tent'. It's only some 80 miles away, but it's a nice opportunity.

Thisafternoon I'll be picking up a used fridge and once I get myself a sandblaster, I'll clean up and paint the salvaged stove/range and I can get to building the galley kitchen.
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