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Old 07-24-2014, 08:48 AM   #41
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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.
I don't see why not.. The composting toilet IS a humid environment: all pissy and poopy in there...
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Old 07-26-2014, 12:41 PM   #42
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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.
I don't see why not.. The composting toilet IS a humid environment: all pissy and poopy in there...
I think you want to divert the pissy or it will get stinky. Bus is looking good.
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Old 07-26-2014, 02:18 PM   #43
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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.
I don't see why not.. The composting toilet IS a humid environment: all pissy and poopy in there...
I think you want to divert the pissy or it will get stinky. Bus is looking good.
I've used household sawdust composting toilets installed indoors before. No smell, even with urine, as long as enough sawdust is scattered.

Extra tip: don't use cedar. It seems like a nice fragrant option, but cedar is non-absorbant! A friend of mine learned that early on with her sawdust bucket toilet.
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Old 07-29-2014, 09:28 AM   #44
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Re: Armageddon: the smell of airborne rust

The shower progresses:



With braces holding the FRP firmly to the curve




Without braces


Where'd the window go?
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Old 07-31-2014, 06:11 AM   #45
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Braces looked scary... Turned out great!
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:57 AM   #47
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Re: Armageddon: the smell of airborne rust

Bought two light-converters the other day!

Both are a Heliene 72M solar panels, made just 10km down the road. Here are the details:
- 295Wp. NOCT max rated power is 221W. PTC max rated power is 264.8W. Voltage hovers around 36v
- 280Wp. This panel isn't on the information sheet, but I would deduce that the NOCT max rated power would be ~210W and the PTC max rated power would be ~251.4W. Voltage hovers around 36v

The charge controller I purchased (a Tracer 4210rn) can handle around 500w when charging a 12v battery system. The combined PTC max rated power of the panels is 516.2W; NOCT max rated power is 431W. I expect they will do just fine.

http://www.heliene.ca/products/detai...,10,20,581,616


These panels are big!



I'll be putting them lengthwise on the roof of the bus. They extend from the back all the way to the downward slope at the front of the bus.



This is the rig I made to bring them home. The rear struts of the car pinch the cargo bay and I didn't want the panels teetering on the top of the strut. This solved the problem nicely. Always nice to have crap wood lying around!
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:04 AM   #48
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FRP does a number on the jigsaw blades..
With some experience under my belt, I should revisit this issue.

Only use a jig-saw for tight corners within a panel (cutting a hole out for a shower control, for instance). Use a cut-off disc on a small grinder for the big cuts! It works much better. Just be sure that the grinder's spindle isn't touching the FRP as you go along, or there will be nasty melt marks on the panel face. And PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE wear a quality respirator. The dust is nasty. It is fibreglass, after all. You WILL be itchy after cutting.

Also, when cutting with the jigsaw on a panel that is face-up, by sure to put something soft between the jig-saw shoe and the panel otherwise scratches will occur. I wrapped a clean rag around the saw. It blocked some air vents so you'll want to take it easy.

EDIT: Use an angle grinder with a cut off wheel.. Way faster
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Old 10-09-2014, 11:26 PM   #49
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Re: Armageddon: the smell of airborne rust

I recently had some time to work on the bench. Functionally, it's complete. Now it needs finishing, which won't likely happen for some time. For most things the motto has been, "make it work first, prettify later". The bench is no exception.

I'm building it stout.. Very stout. No squeaks, no sag. People will be riding on it while underway and I want it as solid as possible (without going so far as building it out of steel.. Don't have the time for that). That 2x4 on the back rest is to straighten the slightly warped 3/4" (18.5mm?) plywood while I secured the hinges.









Folding it out for sleeping:



In the sleeping position:



Yep, that'll make a fine guest bed! The aisle is narrow, but can still be walked. I worked hard to maximize the bed size so it could fit two people fairly comfortably. Every inch counts in a skoolie and even more so in a short bus skoolie!
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:29 AM   #50
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Re: Armageddon: the smell of airborne rust

I'd just like to add that during the construction of this bench I fell in love with T-nuts. Now that I've used them once I can think of dozens of times where they would have been the best choice...

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