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Old 05-28-2012, 08:16 PM   #1
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What's the purpose of having part of the ceiling made of mesh type holey metal and the rest solid metal? My bus has the mesh stuff in the front about five feet. I don't particularly like the look of it and I was wondering if it matters if I cover it.
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Yeah! I wanna know too!
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Less noise.
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Re: Mesh ceiling

Could you snap a pic of this stuff for those of us who don't have a mesh ceiling please.

Just a guess having not seen it--could it have something to do with ventilation? My old bus has a few slots in the inside roof just in the drivers area which lead to a screened opening in the outer roof to provide ventilation.
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Re: Mesh ceiling

I think it is both,we were discussing this last night,there is less echo at front of bus where the mesh is,also we have a vent in the center near front
I was looking up at it and noticed...sunlight ...I guess they had a radio antenaee or strobe mounted there,great place for water to get in I'm just glad we had that mesh so we could see it early
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Re: Mesh ceiling

The mesh ceilings are for acoustics to help deaden the noise. It shouldn't matter if you cover them up.
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Here are a couple pics of the mesh ceiling.
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Those ceilings really do help with the noise. But I found on my bus, the heat on a double ceiling of metal was overbearing so I think you'll find you want to cover them up for that purpose alone. I glued down styrofoam type insullation on my roof and then covered it with carpet. Holding up well so far, however you do have to now occasionally vacum the roof
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I am going to def. cover the "drivers area" all surfaces with something to lessen the thermal bridge.(and soak up and dampen noise)
Kinda like a car when if you touch the metal it's hot and if it has anything on it it's "cooler" to the touch and to the IR gun
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I never thought about covering it to make it cooler. Living in Wisconsin, I'm usually thinking in terms of insulating against the cold, but it really gets blasted hot in there. Covering the ceiling will be my next project. Speaking of which...what kind of adhesive have you found that isn't affected by the heat? I've found that anything heavier than paper falls off the wall if I use hot glue or double stick mounting tape. It doesn't fall off from bouncing around; mostly after the bus has been sitting in the heat I find that stuff has come unstuck.
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