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Old 11-23-2012, 08:45 AM   #81
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I don't really think that weight is an issue. A spinet weighs 300-500lbs, not all that much in the greater scheme of things. Looking at
todays average person that's only 2-3 people. I would definitely add something to my plans that is that much of a part of your life.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:09 PM   #82
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Thank you to everyone for your support. I feel sooooo much better now regarding the piano.

Yesterday I took off due to the holiday. Friends all going places but I spent a good sunny afternoon with the bus, friend brought me a doggie bag. Getting the rubber nearly 95% off now. Tested some Rust Reformer on a big spot of pitted rust. Also tested some stripper that if I get the timing just right it takes the glue (and paint) up slick. By hand this has become a long job. My body is telling me I overdid a bit but that's a good thing really. And a sense of accomplishment of how far I have gotten sans electricity.

Hope everyone had a grand Turkey Day. And I have to say thanks for my health, my friends and for the troops who didn't make it home yet.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:15 PM   #83
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Thank you to everyone for your support. I feel sooooo much better now regarding the piano.

Yesterday I took off due to the holiday. Friends all going places but I spent a good afternoon with the bus, friend brought me a doggie bag. Getting the rubber nearly 95% off now. Tested some Rust Reformer on a big spot of pitted rust. Also tested some stripper that if I get the timing just right it takes the glue up slick. By hand this has become a long job. My body is telling me I overdid a bit but that's a good thing really. And a sense of accomplishment of how far I have gotten sans electricity.

Hope everyone had a grand Turkey Day. And I have to say thanks for my health, my friends and for the troops who didn't make it home yet.
post some pictures of your progress, i like to see how you are doing. pulling the rubber up is a real chore
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:46 PM   #84
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To date I have a little bit around the still existing benches to get up. I tried unbolting the seats but the bolts just spin, I need to find someone to put under the bus to hold the other end (as I don't have a saw). That very center is the only place where the rust is actually into the metal.



The seats will be coming out but as I posted before I want to turn the other bench to face this back one for a booth, however, the legs are on the wrong side if I do that. So I thought about turning the longer booth so I'd have a staggered sort of walkway and one longer booth on the other side of the table. Have to see when I get them off.

Also noted while working yesterday that there are no 'emergency' windows. I remember emergency windows when I was a kid even.

Kinda looks like everyone elses floor before painting shot.
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:00 PM   #85
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What's the best thing to use to wash and wipe down everything before painting. I think the stripper can said mineral spirits?
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:54 PM   #86
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Before painting, I like to use ammonia, either straight or diluted with water, then after the surface has dried, a wipe-down with Clorox bleach, either straight or diluted with water. Then, when dry, I paint.
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:20 PM   #87
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In assessing my crowded 2 bedroom apartment, downsizing for the bus, and making a list of what I can sell, I convinced myself that I can part with my piano. I have a couple of people that are interested in it so in 'sprucing it up' to have them come look at it, I got to thinking. I couldn't sleep last night.

I have had this piano in my life for almost 50 years. On the other hand, I have been trying to be concious of the weight in the bus. Putting the piano in the bus would blow that out of the water pretty fast. But if I, did put the piano into the bus it will be like having an old friend in my cozy new home. My playmate, my soulmate in a sense. I searched on this site and there was another build that had the same kind of piano in the bus (along with a pop up VW bus on the roof). A few people had electric pianos installed some way or another but it's just not the same. If I didn't have my piano I would not have an electric keyboard. I'm not great at the playing, it's more a venting/comfort thing. I've tried guitar a couple of times, too bad that didn't work out.

As far as environment, I've come to the conclusion that having it in the bus won't be any different on it's well being than the few times I've had to store it in non-climate controlled storages for long periods of time, or moving it from Oregon to AZ to OR to AZ a couple of times. Then there is the tie down aspect of it all.

Besides, it would be kinda quirky and acoustic to have a piano in the bus in the woods. Would 'fit my style'.

I think I have to make it work.
Definitely put your piano in the bus. I built the inside of my bus to accommodate my instruments, amplifier, and recording studio. I have done recordings of myself and two friends. We used microphones. We got excellent results. I think that the curved ceiling greatly helps with the acoustics of the room.

I would fasten some 2X4s to the floor which you could "set" the piano into. Also you might somehow fasten the back of the piano to a wall with strong brackets. Just a couple of ideas.

There are many clever people on this forum. Perhaps someone can come up with a real good idea to secure your piano.
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Before painting, I like to use ammonia, either straight or diluted with water, then after the surface has dried, a wipe-down with Clorox bleach, either straight or diluted with water. Then, when dry, I paint.

Be careful with those two chemicals.

http://chemistry.about.com/od/toxicc...nd-Ammonia.htm
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Before painting, I like to use ammonia, either straight or diluted with water, then after the surface has dried, a wipe-down with Clorox bleach, either straight or diluted with water. Then, when dry, I paint.

Be careful with those two chemicals.

http://chemistry.about.com/od/toxicc...nd-Ammonia.htm
yes, Chloramine gas is not pleasant.
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Hey nanny staters(just kidding), read again slowly my post. OK?
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