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Old 12-07-2015, 07:47 PM   #21
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We bought a "handyman special" house 20 years ago and after we closed on it I went through the house with a legal pad jotting down all that needed to be done to the place. After I had filled up 10 pages front and back I was feeling totally overwhelmed and more than a little depressed. After contemplating the list for a few days I decided to tear it up and just take the fixes as they came. It took three years but I got it done.

It's like moving a pile of bricks. You can't move it all at once but taken a few at a time you'll get it done and usually faster that you at first feared.
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Old 12-07-2015, 07:50 PM   #22
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Old 12-07-2015, 08:13 PM   #23
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Thanks everyone. Nice to be here in like company!
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Old 12-07-2015, 08:51 PM   #24
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Lots of screws, but kind of therapeutic in a way. You can let your mind go blank, and think about what the interior is going to look like when it's done. Plus you can get beer money from the scrap steel
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Old 12-07-2015, 11:38 PM   #25
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Have any of you used pneumatic tools in your conversion projects? If so, which ones?
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Old 12-08-2015, 12:13 AM   #26
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If you are going to invest time and money into this project, do it right and take down those inner skins. It will make you a better busman, you'll know your bus better, and you'll get a better end result and it only costs you sweat and some phillips bits.
I used an an angle grinder to cut x's in the head of my rivets and then chiseled them off with the chisel attachement on the end of a pneumatic hammer. Some people also call this an air-chisel.
You can do it with a cold chisel (a chisel made of hardened steel meant for this, not a wood chisel) and a heavy hammer instead. I did i this way once, and vowed never to do it again. You can find used air hammers/chisels for 30-40 bucks. Worth it if you have a compressor. I also used a die grinder and pneumatic nail gun-16 gauge for most general carpentry. Other than that, I used my cordless drill and cordless impact driver the most. Followed by a table saw, sliding double bevel compound miter saw, angle grinder, welder, and jigsaw. I can build just about anything. I'd love to have a drill press and bandsaw.

Im going to also strongly suggest not using rockwool. If you are going to live in the bus, you will really want it to be as airtight and sealed up as possible. Foam has too many advantages over everything else to not use it. If you can't afford it, save up. Ive built buses without spray foam and regret them. The two I have sprayed feel like a home when you step in.

Rockwool may perform better than fiberglass for water absorption, but still absorbs water and cant hold a candle to what sprayed in foam does--which is not get wet in the first place. It also has about 1/2 the rvalue per inch of spray foam. BOOYA!

I just spray foamed a short bus Im building today and the results, again, are incredible.
It instantly evens out the high and low temps, dampens sound, adds structural rigidty, and seals the bus. Can you tell I drank the spray foam coolaid?

Anyway rock on man, don't get overwhelmed. If you werent going to learn anything on this project, why would you even embark on it?!
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Old 12-08-2015, 01:20 AM   #27
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Great tips. I definitely will keep on "rocking on" man, even though I'm a wo-man and mother of three who will be doing this project with my 10 year old son and any volunteer help we can get. I guess its natural to assume I was a guy....I don't see many chicks on this board :-0 We're all super excited to create and live in this bus though!!!
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Old 12-08-2015, 01:56 AM   #28
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Hot damn! I guess we all make presumptions.... That is an incredible thing to do and share with your family. Way to be!
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Old 12-08-2015, 02:43 AM   #29
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Thanks Charles!
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Old 12-08-2015, 09:10 AM   #30
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Most commercial plywood still contains formaldehyde, but you can get it formaldehyde-free. It's available at Home Depot or you can special order from a lumberyard/hardwood shop:
Columbia Forest Products, 3/4 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. PureBond Red Oak Plywood, 165956 at The Home Depot - Mobile

We used the 1/2" in our build for the subfloor.

(From another mother of three. You got this!)
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