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Old 12-25-2012, 03:12 PM   #21
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I use to have a 1977 vw van and that had white rims stock. After that i always thought the white contrasting the black of the tires looks super cool and retro soooo my vote is WHITE baby!
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I just looked at your photos to see the rims. The handholes in the rims look black too.
My rims will just have to be white, too! (with the bolts and hubs painted black).
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:52 AM   #22
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Shower works great. Got the heat tape on the plumbing yesterday so no more frozen pipes. Bought a roll of R-30 unfaced attic insulation to insulate the pipes with. We've decided to do under the whole floor with the same stuff. We need to put a road barrier between the insulation & road anyway so this will work. I've still got to spray foam in all the open spaces the batt insulation/road cover have with canned foam. Spray foamed the holes in the floor the pipes go thru. Keeps them from moving. I used pieces of scrap Fomular to hold the PEX in the middle of the holes before foaming.

Batt insulation for the floor is much cheaper and easier to install than foam board. We really don't care for the white bead crap we have available to us in Roswell. We'll put it on the walls inside but we aren't that fond of it and it does not seem to be a self supporting as the Owens Corning (pink) or Dow (blue) foam sheathings.

8" of Foamular (which we can't get here) is about R-40 and the 9.5" Attic insulation is R-30. With the batt, we can slide corrugated roofing panels between the two I beams and let the panels sit on the legs of the beams. With rigid sheathing, we would not be able to fill up the entire space between the lower leg & the bottom of the floor. The batts give. Rigid foam does not. I will foam in between the undulations in the roofing material with the Great Foam in the blue can for doors & windows. The blue can stuff goes not expand like the red can stuff does (what I used for the pipe holes) and will not push the corrugated roofing out of place s the foam expands.

Now we gotta go get my countertop material! I hope to get the sink up and plumbed to use in a couple of days... after the stain/poly dries.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:19 PM   #23
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Spent this weekend putting up more of that crappy Polyshield. Got little white beads all over that escaped the vacuum cleaner. Got the bedroom walls covered. Tomorrow David is supposed to fur out the living room walls. We've used almost all the freebie furring strips and picked up some more 1X3 culls. It's currently 34F outside. Inside is nice. Not overly warm but okay. Tonight's overnight low is supposed to be 19F (overnight meaning when I go to work) and we are supposed to get snow tomorrow. I'm hoping to get all the insulation we bought (3 sheets) put up and start covering the the laminate flooring we bought to use as paneling in the next couple of days. Overnight temps are forecast to be around freezing all week. Realized yesterday that the flooring matches the oak toilet seat perfectly. I guess I will end up putting the flooring on the wall in the toilet area too. The galley countertops are on hold. I picked up a 4X4 piece of 3/4 oak plywood for $4.01 out of the cull bin. It's enough to do the countertops on the range side of the galley. I still need a sheet of plywood to build the rest of the cabinets, the 3/4" oak plywood for the sink side countertop, the plumbing to hook up the sink drains, the full extension drawer slides for the rollout shelving, insulation for behind the range side cabinets, two 28" doors to use as the pantry sides plus one 28" to use as the galley end wall..... and the list goes on and on! So much money...

I sold a big appliance order (over $9K) and I get a day off paid. Thinking of using it later in the Spring to go visit the kids for a weekend in Socorro and pick up the rest of our stuff that's in the sheds there. It's a bit of incentive to get the galley built and the rollout shelves installed as well as the clothes closets & laundry area finished up. We've got a lot of stuff to go thru and thin out.
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:40 PM   #24
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Lorna, I feel your pain--sooo much money! Congrats on the day/pay. All this cheap a-- city would give for being employee of the month (usually meant you had busted up a meth lab or got shot) was a $20 gift card for Starbucks--lets see, thats about 3 1/2 cups of coffee.
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:13 PM   #25
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Got most of the flooring installed on the walls. We think it looks prety good. Nice thing is it has no grooves for dust to settle into like paneling does. This will be more durable than the painted plywood that I had originally planned on putting up. I don't think I would be happy with this stuff on the floor. The butt seams would drive me crazy since I can easily find them. But that is a common complaint I have with laminate flooring.

Still need to do the trim around the windows and along the top where the wall covering meets the metal above the windows. We are going to use white PVC moldings.





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Old 01-19-2013, 07:48 PM   #26
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Got most of the flooring installed on the walls. We think it looks prety good.... The butt seams would drive me crazy since I can easily find them. But that is a common complaint I have with laminate flooring.

Still need to do the trim around the windows and along the top where the wall covering meets the metal above the windows. We are going to use white PVC moldings.
I doubt anybody would look askance at it and ask, "You put flooring on the walls?" That looks really good. And if you have a partial box left over you'll have spare pieces lest any of it gets damaged. EZ-er to fix than that water-damaged spot under the window in my Winnie.

The flooring area is one of my assigned departments at Home Depot...I know what I'm going to be thinking about come Monday morning.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:17 PM   #27
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I think we may have a full box leftover. I want to keep the pegboard in the "laundry" area since we will be using it for storage until I get a washer & dryer to put in there. We were wanting to put cedar in the closet but may end up just using the extra flooring. The HD that I work at has a few pallets of the Ainsley Oak flooring in stock if we need to buy more which I don't think we will. A full length 7.5" wide board will cover floor to ceiling in a single piece with about a 3 to 4" gap at the bottom that will be covered with the over sized baseboard (I like a tall baseboard). 1/2 board fits perfectly under the windows. There are 10 pieces in a box. Means 1 box will cover 76 lineal inches on the wall when going floor to ceiling. More than the closet area. Cedar would sure be nice but pricey. I do love the smell of aromatic cedar.

Freaky thing is the flooring matches the oak toilet seat almost perfectly. I bought them months apart (toilet seat was a discontinued display).
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Why is the snow melting like that? Is that the thermal bridge from inside?











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Yes it is! We had a small space heater going in there to keep it warm enough to pack our stuff and to keep the liquid stuff from freezing up overnight. I didn't want to find frozen shampoo or ketchup all over the place. Each "melted" part is a rib in the roof. Enlightening isn't it? Works in reverse too. While we have two/three thin coats of Solarflex on the roof and it does limit the heat transfer. The roof around the ribs isn't terribly hot in the summer nor terribly cold. But there is a noticeable difference. Our goal is to eventually move to an area without snow. The reflective properties of the Solarflex does work very well at keeping the heat gain down in the NM summers. The only insulation in our ceiling is the original BB stuff from the factory.
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Got an electric bill this past week. Seems we blew past our 30 amp electric allotment of $60 by $95.65. This was for 12/11 - 1/14. We can't decide if it's because we've had two electric heaters going almost non-stop at times, the new 10 gallon electric water heater (seems to heat all the time... I can hear it) or from running the saws so much. Then there's the combination of it all. At any rate, we've used 1965 KW Hours in 34 days. That's too much. We started unplugging the electric water heater (only takes 20 - 30 minutes to heat the water) and turned down the electric heaters. David has taken to baking again. The heat from baking in the LP oven warms up the bus.

The electric water heater has no power usage rating on it. Since we got the notice on the excessive power use, we have been unplugging the water heater. Since it takes so little time to heat the water, we will wire an on/off switch into the line. There is no good reason why we should leave the water heater on all day or all night.

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$156.65 total (including all fees)
1956 kilowatt hours used
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That working out to about $4.61 per day, 57.80 KWH per day and $0.08 per KWH used. This is too high considering we have paid $0.14/kw for metered electric before and our bill wasn't anywhere near this high. Granted that was in the Class C but we used the electric side of the 6 gallon water heater with 3 adults taking showers PLUS David used several gallons of hot water from the Class C to start his steam table pans off with almost daily. Stacey & I took showers until the water heater ran out of hot water. Water pump was the same size I believe. We also heated almost completely with an electric heater (smaller space though and in Corpus Christi). So the electric water heater seems to be the culprit. We are making some changes so I will post how things go. I did go out and check the electric meter when we unplugged the water heater. I will keep checking to see how things go. By checking and noting down the reading, I know that we have used 550 KWH of electric from 1/14 thru 1/25 (11 days). This was "carrying on as normal". After 11 days are up, I will check the meter again to see what's going on. We've got to get our electric down to around 20 - 25 KWH per day to stay within our electric allowance. And we had been, until this one bill.

I think I need to buy a Kilowatt meter at work on Monday.
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