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Old 07-10-2010, 02:12 AM   #11
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Many thanks for the feedback, Bus-Ted & Smitty!

I had similar feelings, but wanted to get a general consensus anyway. (Don't wanna wind up on a Darwin Award list, either, heh!)

Anyone else wanting to weigh in is still welcome to!
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Old 07-10-2010, 02:26 PM   #12
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Don't know about your Thomas, but on my Blue Bird the chair rail is formed by folding the sheet steel. So cutting off the rail means separating whatever is below it from whatever is above it.

On mine, what's above it is the thinner silvery textured sheet steel. My guess is that the chair rail material and the silvery material together make up some structural value. So I would not want to completely separate the two by slicing off the entire rail. But notching it -- no worries, I'm certain. But again, I'm talking about my Blue Bird.
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Thanks, Elliot, I won't need to remove the chair rails completely for this.

If I do attempt this project, there will be a set of components mounted between each wall rib. Each component 'set' must be tied into the 'set(s)' on either side of it, and I know the structural integrity will be compromised if I notch the wall ribs to do it, hence the chair rail question.

I'm still trying to figure out a way to make the connections via smaller holes drilled through the chair rail as opposed to notches, but haven't come up with a viable way to do it yet.

Thanks for the feedback, folks!
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