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Old 09-09-2015, 12:21 AM   #11
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Also not just the sparks from the grinder, but rather just a misplaced grinder itself will do wonders for those windows too.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:20 AM   #12
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And safety glasses.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:33 AM   #13
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I did what many have recommended and used a 4" angle grinder with a "cutting blade". I had a full-face shield, gloves, long pants, and hearing protection. I wish I had used long sleeves because now I have flecks of metal stuck in the crack of my elbow and it is botherin me lol. Pictures below:

I protected the windows from sparks with cardboard from a mini-fridge box:


I then used the angle grinder at about a 20 degree angle (pointed upward) to cut along the lower lip of the window. The flat edge of the cutter blade was using the lip as somewhat of a guide to help me cut straight and as close to the lip as possible. It was easy to cut 90% of it because there was only insulation behind it so I didn't have to worry about depth. On the supports you had to be just a little bit more careful but I didn't accidentally cut into any of them at all. The sparks did burn a bit of the fiberglass insulation which made it pretty smoky.




On my first panel, I did have 1 issue with cutting into part of the lip. This was solved by using the grinder at an angle rather than trying to keep the blade perfectly perpendicular. On other panels, there were a couple parts where I left some of the panel showing. These will be easy to trim up later. You can see these errors below:



All in all, pretty easy job. I only finished about 1/2 tonight. I imagine all of it together will have taken me about 2 hours. Let me know if you have questions.
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Old 09-09-2015, 03:08 AM   #14
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And if you're going to use an angle grinder inside the bus protect those windows!
and your lungs!
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Old 09-09-2015, 03:15 AM   #15
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Good job.

I wear my leather welding jacket and apron when using a grinder.

The wrong long sleeves will catch fire. I have seen this more than once.

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Old 09-09-2015, 07:30 AM   #16
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Thank you Nat
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Old 09-12-2015, 12:47 PM   #17
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and your lungs!
I wore a respirator when I gutted mine & completely plugged both cartridges,Literally could not draw another breath before changing them out.Also wore safety glasses & still managed to get a piece of metal in my eye
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Old 09-12-2015, 12:58 PM   #18
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I wore a respirator when I gutted mine & completely plugged both cartridges,Literally could not draw another breath before changing them out.Also wore safety glasses & still managed to get a piece of metal in my eye
Sounds about right.
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Old 09-13-2015, 09:38 AM   #19
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Hey I'm doing the same thing, do you have to remove the white panel below which has the lip? Or just leave that lip there and frame around?
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Old 09-13-2015, 12:25 PM   #20
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You will want to keep the chair rail. See Nat's post for more info: http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/ab...tml#post121750
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