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Old 08-25-2014, 08:51 PM   #31
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Re: Deadbolt on front door?

Buy a chepo linear actuator (ebay) and set it up to bump the handle open when you turn the key in a keyed switch mounted on the side of your bus. If you just want to go getto. tie a rope around the handle, feed it over a pulley, extend it through a hole in the bus floor---pull to open
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Old 08-25-2014, 10:35 PM   #32
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Re: Deadbolt on front door?

Originally Posted by BruceAlmighty
...I don't really want to replace the bus door, but I will have to if I can figure this out...
Building an Original Bluebird Two Piece Door into a One Piece Door

We have since replaced the round knob handle with a lever handle. It is much easier to open the door, in the winter, with an armload of groceries, with a lever rather than the knob. We also replaced the overly stiff and thick weather stripping we had originally used. It prevented the door from latching shut correctly. We replaced the weatherstripping with a softer "mushier" weatherstripping and the door latches correctly.

Kwikset Delta Satin Chrome Entry Lever Model # 405DL 26D CP Store SKU # 632905

We still need to skin the interior side of the door with PVC "wood" and make plexiglass panels to cover the single pane glass in the door. What this will do is create a thermal break and give us dual pane insulated glass. We get a lot of cold air off the steel & glass door in the wintertime. We will also add an accordian door for privacy. We have been using one on the bathroom and like it. Easy install and cut down.
This post is my opinion. It is not intended to influence anyone's judgment nor do I advocate anyone do what I propose.
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