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Old 04-16-2010, 07:55 PM   #161
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more light cover pics. And pictures of repairing the crotch rot in the back door. We cut out the bad spot and fabbed up a piece, welded and then began to bondo.





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Old 04-16-2010, 07:59 PM   #162
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it started raining - so we re-installed the door to keep things dry. We have sanding and probably two more coats of bondo left until she's done (the back door that is)
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Old 04-16-2010, 08:16 PM   #163
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With all the welding and smoothing and body work you are doing, I am a bit surprised you didnt weld in the light covers at the top and smooth them in as well. Great job on the back door, can't wait to see what it looks like when its done.
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Old 04-17-2010, 01:08 PM   #164
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Who's the crazy old guy messing with your plumbing in the first pic?
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Old 04-17-2010, 01:43 PM   #165
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With all the welding and smoothing and body work you are doing, I am a bit surprised you didnt weld in the light covers at the top and smooth them in as well. Great job on the back door, can't wait to see what it looks like when its done.
Thanks - we thought we wanted to weld/smooth at first, but then after the cabinets covered every access panel up on the inside, we decided to leave some form of access on the outside. Plus we kinda like the look.

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The old crazy guy is our good buddy Doug who has been to some level of degree involved in all of our projects going back 30 years when we renovated a home built in 1898. He oozes common sense so we love it when he stops by.

Not very picture worthy, but today we are hanging curtain rods and other interior accessory items which have been specified by the female members of the family.
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Do you know if your tanks were abs or polypropylene? If so, you're in luck and your fix should work. If they were made with polyethylene, you are eventually going to have problems. I actually used to weld and fabricate plastic tanks of all sorts. Polyethylene is extremely difficult, almost impossible, to get anything to adhere to. Welding it is the only option for a permanent seal. You are correct, the welder you had was junk. A proper plastic welder has a tube to feed the plastic rod through (it's pretty much impossible to get a solid plastic weld without a filler rod), and then a tube below that with a HOT air blast to evenly melt both the rod and the material you are welding. For welding a tank like that, I would have also used pure nitrogen for my air supply. I am really hoping your tanks are not polyethylene!!
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Thanks - we thought we wanted to weld/smooth at first, but then after the cabinets covered every access panel up on the inside, we decided to leave some form of access on the outside. Plus we kinda like the look.
...and that makes perfect sense. I have been fighting with previously installed cabinets and stuff while trying to get access to the windows to cover them up properly. Basically had to remove everything just to get the window out from behind the refridgerator. My new interior will take more of this into account.
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Old 04-20-2010, 10:47 AM   #168
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Do you know if your tanks were abs or polypropylene? If so, you're in luck and your fix should work. If they were made with polyethylene, you are eventually going to have problems. I actually used to weld and fabricate plastic tanks of all sorts. Polyethylene is extremely difficult, almost impossible, to get anything to adhere to. Welding it is the only option for a permanent seal. You are correct, the welder you had was junk. A proper plastic welder has a tube to feed the plastic rod through (it's pretty much impossible to get a solid plastic weld without a filler rod), and then a tube below that with a HOT air blast to evenly melt both the rod and the material you are welding. For welding a tank like that, I would have also used pure nitrogen for my air supply. I am really hoping your tanks are not polyethylene!!
Thanks JakeC for the information - I will look into the type of plastic. I hope we are ok, but if not, then unfortunately we'll have to replace. So far it is holding okay. I will keep you posted.


We have mostly finished the rear door. Here are some pics.
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We also fabbed up a new cover for all the wiring going from the cabinet to the chase in the ceiling. With all the romex, we had to more than double the size of the original chase.
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Old 04-22-2010, 04:53 PM   #170
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We finished out the upper cabinet and the back door. You can see we were able to re-install the fans and the sun shade which should help going down the road.
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