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Old 05-11-2014, 07:32 PM   #31
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Re: Armageddon: the smell of airborne rust

I am stealing some of your ideas! You make everything sound so simple and easy.
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Old 05-11-2014, 10:31 PM   #32
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Great Info! --- Many thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:34 PM   #33
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Re: Armageddon: the smell of airborne rust

I suppose it's time for a couple updates, eh?

I've been working lately on the sh*#ter/shower. It's coming right along. Here are some pics:


That was a picture of the shower pan to be. I purchased a 2" thick, 30psi, 2'x8' piece of foam board (Foamular C300 in this case) for the shower pan. It's not quite as dense as a Kerdi foam shower pan, which is 48psi, but it should work for such a small area with the amount of traffic it will receive. Also, the foam board I purchased is several hundred dollars cheaper than a Kerdi shower pan. Normal foam board is 20psi, by the way.
I used an old school automotive battery charger and a strand of thin, stainless steel cable to cut a conical shape into the foam. The bolt that the negative terminal is attached to is where the drain is going. It all slopes inward to that point. It looks messy, but after sanding down the ridges it looked much better.



I cut another piece of foam board the same size as the pan, glued it down, then glued the shower pan to that. Should be plenty of insulation for those cold, wet feet.
In this picture the pan is in place and glued down with plenty of PL Premium. I filled a 50 gallon bucket with water to put some weight on it and make sure it wasn't going to do anything funny while the glue set.



Yup, looks pretty rough right now. I was working on the backsplash for the sawdust toilet. Once the polyurethane dries I'll put it together and post a picture.



The shower pan dried so I moved ahead with installing the drain. It's glued in with PL Premium as well. You may be thinking, "What a fool! PL won't adhere to ABS!" and you wouldn't be wrong. However, I read a neat trick where you first lather the ABS up with proper ABS cement then, while it's wet, apply the PL Premium. We'll see how it works. The drain is held down tightly by a 2x4 wedged against the ceiling. I'll be doing the entire room in FRP, so I'm not worried about scuffing up the ceiling.
Wondering why I haven't used thin-set mortar and all the other standard shower installation techniques? Because I don't trust it in a moving vehicle, that's why. I'd expect it to start cracking in no time. I like the slightly flexible stuff best. It's my bus, I'll do what I want!
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:47 AM   #34
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"It's my bus, I'll do what I want!"

Roger that! Go for it!
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Old 07-10-2014, 11:35 PM   #35
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Here's the sawdust toilet all together. I still need to add a handle to the sawdust compartment (that little door) and secure the toilet seat down.


The bucket will go in the big compartment, sawdust will go in the small compartment. Pex will get pulled tighter into the corner. Those are just some scrap chunks of wood in the bottom of the box.

By the way, here's some info on sawdust composting toilets, for those who haven't heard: http://humanurehandbook.com/. It's pretty neat. I met a farm family in southern Ontario who use nothing but sawdust toilets. Two in the house and a couple outhouses (they do catered events sometimes). It's amazingly simply, easy to clean and - when done right - smells only of wood. I also have a couple friends nearby who have outhouses set up this way. If you've ever had the dreaded task of dealing with black water then, comparably, sawdust toilets are a real treat to deal with.
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Old 07-14-2014, 06:37 PM   #36
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Getting ready to paint the roof! Check out that clean surface...

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Old 07-17-2014, 09:46 AM   #37
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The painting of the roof is looming on the horizon. With that, I finally decided what to do for paint. I'll be using Henry's Solarflex elastomeric paint. 4 (or 5) coats. Here's the thread describing how I decided on that over Hytech BusKote: http://www.skoolie.net/forum/viewtop...art=30#p590324 (This link will bring you to the first post where I actually started making progress)
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Old 07-19-2014, 07:25 PM   #38
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Awesome job on the shower pan and toilet!
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Old 07-23-2014, 01:09 PM   #39
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Started cutting some FRP for the shower walls.




A template made of tar paper. It turned out to be a good material to work with. It is stiff, so holds it's shape well. However, it does stink like sh*#. It's also a bit tricky to cut with a utility knife since the blade gets gummed up with tar. You can see that I made a mistake cutting and glued a patch on.


FRP does a number on the jigsaw blades..


Here's the first piece of FRP glued in place. The adhesive holds the FRP in place really well. I thought I might need to brace the panel, but not this small piece.


I've also been working on the shower pan. Here's the first coat of RedGard. I used crack prevention membrane where the foam shower pan meets the Hardi cement board curb.
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Re: Armageddon: the smell of airborne rust

great work! so you figure the composting toilet will be ok in the humid environment of the shower? i too will be stealing your ideas! thanks.
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