Originally Posted by BurlKing
im gonna be real jealous of your roof raise. looking nice. my dad had bought a masterforce hammer drill years ago and he claims its been through hell and back and still works great, so they must not be too shabby. are you gonna keep that original bus floor or are you ripping it up?
I've been pretty happy with my Masterforce kit so far. The flashlight that came with it is crap, but when are free/kit flashlights ever worth it? I might try and put a LED bulb in there. The radio also crapped out on me for awhile, but I think it just got overheated in the sun as it works now, but everything came with a 3 year warranty so I'm not worried.
We'll be stripping the floor down to metal and the plan is (at least right now) to patch the holes with window flashing tape. I see you welded yours. I also see you used phosphoric acid for your rust converter, we've been using Krud Kutter phosphoric acid. I'm hoping to just convert all the floor rust and not paint it. Even if I wanted to paint it, it's getting pretty late in the season to be painting in the shade. After that will be 3in of 25psi extruded foam and a floating laminate floor (glued near water sources).
Day lights savings time is upon us... Does anyone happen to have suggestions for a rechargeable/battery work light? I wasn't happy with the offerings at Menards. Looked liked Amazon had a few decent ones.
We got the rest of our metal yesterday after stopping at Menards for a couple of last minute goodies and to rent our scaffolding. Today has been removing the final roof raise rivets and cleaning up. Tomorrow is raise day!
A wary note to any who are planning on renting scaffolding for a raise. Make sure you measure everything at the store. We rented 60"x60" (5'x5') scaffolding with base plates and scaffold jacks. Of course 5x5 scaffolding sounds like it would fit in a 6ft high (center) bus interior. BUT, the base plate/scaffold jack combo puts the scaffold up an additional 8.5" and the bolted/welded-on scaffold coupler at the top adds another ~3". We brought everything to the bus after dinner this evening to prep it for the morning and ran into this snag. Our neighbor has some 6ft scaffolding with jacks so I'm going to double check the scaffold jack diameter (which I checked before and deemed too big) to see if it would work. If not, we happened to buy 2 6-ton bottle jacks at Menards for $20/piece yesterday, so we'll raise the scaffolds with the bottle jacks until we can brace one side and put in the scaffold jacks for the rest of the 20" raise.
If all goes well I'll post the end result of the raise and pictures tomorrow evening. Monday - Wednesday is skinning day.