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Old 11-12-2005, 01:34 AM   #1
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I am interested in starting my conversion project this coming summer. What tools should I be stockpiling for the job? I have basic wood working tools (baby table saw, drill press, chop saw, air compressor).

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Old 11-12-2005, 11:05 AM   #2
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don't forget the Sawzall!!!
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Old 11-12-2005, 11:09 AM   #3
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Old 11-12-2005, 01:19 PM   #4
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What software did you use for your floorplan?
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Old 11-12-2005, 02:16 PM   #5
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good wire strippers and an electrical tester
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Hearing protection. Power tools inside a bus are quite loud.

Angle grinder with cut-off, grinding, and sanding (wire brush or other) disks.

Stout prybar.

SAE wrenches & sockets (never heard of a metric skoolie), ratchet & breaker bar.

Digital camera and dedicated notepad for sketches, shopping lists, wacky ideas that need to be fleshed out, etc.

That should cover day 1.
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What software did you use for your floorplan?
I got the demo of Home Plan Pro off http://www.download.com and liked it so much, I bought the program for $40.00. Worth every penny! I've used it for other projects, too. This link will take you to the page where you can download the demo: http://www.download.com/3120-20_4-0....35&search.y=12.

I had previously been using Home Architect 3D v3.0 because it had a virtual walk-through feature, but that version is no longer supported and I bought v6.0 Special Edition thinking it would be better than v3.0, but was quite disappointing. Turns out, it was just like a demo version of a full blown v6.0 costing MUCH more.

I decided I didn't need a virtual walk-through as I will be mapping the floor plan shown in the gallery on my website so that the hot-spots will redirect to actual photos / video walk-through, and Home Plan Pro has a COMPLETE tool box that allows you to create your own objects to place in your plan. I heartily recommend at least giving the demo a try! IIRC, the demo is fully functional allowing you to make & save plans during the demo period (15 days, I think).

Hope this helps!
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Old 11-13-2005, 08:03 PM   #8
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Safety equipment FIRST. Goggles/glasses, hearing protection (already mentioned in another post), dust mask, gloves.

Consumables: paper towels (the blue automotive shop paper towels last a long time, and are excellent for applications where you won't be throwing them away immediately, or for hard scrubbing when you need a disposable scrubber); rubber/latex/vinyl disposable gloves -- buy in bulk (you'll need it) and save money in the long run. Depending on how you plan to paint, inexpensive disposable brushes save a lot of clean up time. A gallon of mineral spirits for cleaning parts to be painted. A couple of those pour-lids for paint cans. Disposable paint tray liners.

Disposable stuff, if used judiciously, can save you a lot of clean up time, and that means you can get more work done in the same amount of time.

Blades/bits for your power tools. A nice driver with changeable bits and sockets is good for screws and nuts. A decent pocket knife is indipensable.

If you're going to use dry-wall screws to screw things to your sheet metal internally, buy in bulk. It is a little bit cheaper, but mainly it saves time -- no running to the store when you run out of a box.

Shop around for your consumables. I found drywall screws a lot cheaper at Tractor Supply Company than at Lowes or Home Depot.

A small jamb plane (little plane for shaving door jambs) is handy, and a small jack plane would be useful, too, if you're doing woodworking on the interior.

For plumbing and wiring, one of the most important things is to PLAN your installation VERY CAREFULLY. This way you avoid a lot of waste. If you try engineering it on the fly, you will end up with parts you couldn't use, parts that were spoiled because something didn't fit or work quite right.

Scavenge pallet and other industrial packing material for cheap lumber that you can use in places that are not visible.

Mostly, you need the basic tools you have and those mentioned here. Saving time and not wasting resources will be very important to you in the long run, so consider those factors at each project you tackle.
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Cordless Dewalt Drill!

self tapping screws are also really good friends
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If there's one single thing that I can think of that would have made things easier for me, it's an additional drill (or a quick change chuck on my drill). It was very cumbersome to have to drill holes (or a hole) and then change from a drill bit to a driver bit. If you have an additional drill (or quick change chuck), you can work faster.
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