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Old 04-30-2017, 10:46 PM   #2211
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Howdy Folks --- After spending far too much time and money on ideas that didn't work, I finally managed to pull some wiring. Tried a couple different things for a chase including plumbing fixtures but wound up using some garden hose and non-metallic conduit elbows.


With an elbow going through the floor on each side of the bus, I connected some 3/4" garden hose to each for the wiring to go through. It took a couple of trys to find a "fishing tape" that could make the bends and even then had to modify the ends. Ran some 14/3 that should handle a couple of 12v LED's and one charger outlet.


Comes up through the floor then will go into a cabinet. Will start on the 110 and 12v that goes down the other side shortly. Absolutely no idea what I am doing here. Just hope it all works.

And...for anyone trying to glue PVC to anything...


Just came across the product above from GE that claims to adhere PVC to most anything which has always been a problem. I am using some 5/8" PVC quarter round to finish off the edges of my flooring in a few places because did not want wood that would rot.

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Old 04-30-2017, 11:24 PM   #2212
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Love the garden hose idea. Real old school and it'll last forever! Though I'm ashamed to say that it doesn't look as neat as your job, I did manage a 110 volt leg from one side to the other using similar plastic angles through the floor but with plastic wire loom which isn't water proof like your hose idea. I installed the plastic on the wire before I laced across the floor as I could see no way to pull the wire like you did. Jack
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Old 05-01-2017, 10:14 AM   #2213
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Howdy Jack --- Ya...pulling the wire was a monster. Tried one quarter inch metal fish tape and it wouldn't even begin to go into the elbows. Found another that was barely over 1/8th inch wide and still had to re-shape the end to get it to work. Still was a struggle getting it all the way through.

NOTE TO OTHER WOULD BE WIRE PULLERS:
After all that, a buddy/electrician said he uses a small sewer snake that he modified the end on. Said it will conform to tight angles much easier and pulls wire just great.

Sure...NOW you tell me!
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Old 05-01-2017, 10:45 AM   #2214
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At first I was thinking you were going to go with a brake master under the floor with a through floor pedal rather than a hanging pedal, the hydroboost should be able to work in that position since it takes up much less space than a vacuum booster. A hydroboost is more natural in something with a diesel engine in my opinion anyway. Some say hydroboost is touchier than air brakes, they feel on or off depending on the system. Nice work on the wiring, I swear I learn something new every time you post in here Tango.
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Old 05-01-2017, 12:36 PM   #2215
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I take all or part of a plastic grocery bag connected to some nylon pull string and suck it through the pipe with a shop VAC, then use the pull string to pull wires back and forth.. leaving enough pull string so if I wanted to add wires later I can,

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Old 05-01-2017, 12:36 PM   #2216
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Sorry you had such a struggle with the fishing! Next time, try a vacuum (wet-dry vac or whatever) and string. Add enough bulk on the end of the string so that there's enough air drag to pull it through, but not too much friction on the pipe walls. Sewing thread tied to a paperclip or safety pin can work when it's a real pickle, but mason's line tied to a plastic sack works great when there's more room in the pipe.
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Old 05-01-2017, 01:40 PM   #2217
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Great ideas with the string and vac. Next quirky project I will have to remember to ask you guys for input instead of muddling through on my own...like I usually do.
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Old 05-01-2017, 01:44 PM   #2218
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Old 05-03-2017, 08:41 PM   #2219
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NAPA to the rescue...Again! --- After spending a week searching heavy duty truck shops, Ebay, Amazon and everyone else online who sells anything like the tail lights I wanted...I found'em at good ol' NAPA. None of the truck shops here had'em. The Ebay morons wanted right at $50 bucks for shipping a pound and a half and that Amazon source had a tiny little note down in the corner of the ad that read..."Usually ships in one to three months". WHAT?

They are nothing fancy. In fact they were standard issue TruckLite LED replacements for lots of Freightliners and Peterbuilts from the late '80's thru the '90's. So what's the deal? Next time...I'll START at NAPA.


Look so simple...so hard to track down.


3D Compound curves can be a #@%&# to work with. Here I am trying to figure out measurements and angles for a bracket to mount the lights on. I am hoping to do something Art Deco-Ish out of stainless but need to find someone to do some (cheap) plasma or water jet cutting to get the shapes I want. Ya...Wish me luck on that.


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Looks cool, as usual. I can't picture how your art deco fits in there, but it'll be a a nice surprise as usual.

I think those FL guys went to be already.
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