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Old 12-04-2014, 08:27 PM   #51
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Re: Armageddon: the smell of airborne rust

Little bits of progress here and there.. Installed a light in the bathroom:



I've also been working on the fuel tanks. Here is the original tank coated in Por15. To the left of it is one of the new tank mounts I constructed. The bigger tank can be seen in the background.
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Old 12-07-2014, 11:05 AM   #52
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I am in awe. I was married to a cabinetmaker who would have loved how you kirfed the plywood. I would have cheated and used luan ,also because of weight. About the sawdust toilet, will pine work? Where I live, cedar and pine sawdust sawdust is about all you find. Love the Oregon coast but few hardwoods here.
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Old 12-07-2014, 02:53 PM   #53
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Re: Armageddon: the smell of airborne rust

Well thank you! I'm no cabinet maker yet, but am getting better as I go along.
I think pine is alright for a composting toilet. Cedar doesn't work, though, because it's naturally moisture-resistant.
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Old 12-11-2014, 07:36 PM   #54
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Re: Armageddon: the smell of airborne rust

Put the solar panels up! FINALLY! It's been a long time in the making, but I've been waiting for a) a day where I have the time and b) there are folk to help me out. My lady has recently come off of contract work so she's been around and we had a friend over this morning as well. Perfect opportunity!

I built a quick and dirty ramp to slide the panels up:




Here's a panel loaded onto the dolly portion of the ramp. I made a dolly so I wouldn't scuff up the paint on the panel frame. Ropes are tied to the upper portion so I can pull from the roof of the bus and the two helpers can push from the ground.



And the forward panel is on the roof. Next step: walk the ramp towards the rear where the second panel will reside.



Both panels are up. If it weren't for the ladder to the right you'd think I was just playing on the snowy ground!
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Old 12-12-2014, 02:55 PM   #55
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Here's a view of one of the panels tilted upwards. The other is still laying flat on it's mount. I need to get a couple more nuts and bolts for it.
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Old 12-12-2014, 04:49 PM   #56
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Looking good! --- Bu did you have to use a special snow drill?
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Old 12-12-2014, 06:08 PM   #57
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No need for drilling! I just wet the feet of the panel mounts and let the ice set. Should hold for a couple months
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Old 12-13-2014, 06:23 PM   #58
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Really sweet solar set-up
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Old 12-17-2014, 10:34 PM   #59
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Oh, right.. and to elaborate on the spray foam:

The walls have about 3" spray foam in them. It was a real pain in the *ss to get it evenly sprayed between and under the strapping. There was a lot of waste, which was later trimmed down by a 5amp grinder with a braided wire wheel cup on it. Holy freakin' dang blasted foam dust mess!! But dealing with the clean up was easier than trying to cut it with hack saw blades and the like. Tyvek suit, respirator and eye protection is a must. But really, for anyone who is considering spray foaming anything more than the most trivial wall layouts, heed this advice: PAY SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT!

It really works wonders, though. My little radiant kerosene heater pulled the bus interior from -3C to 25C (26.6F to 77F) before I opened more windows (always have one cracked with the kero heater, for those not in the know).
Messing around, I found this online.... What do you guys think? Gut's telling me this is a bit high....
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Old 12-18-2014, 07:28 PM   #60
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250sq.ft. floor, so a medium sized bus? I'd say $3200 is pretty high. Chances are you won't be applying spray foam to the floor, either. It's best to use closed-cell rigid foam for the floor since it doesn't compress easily. I bought two Foam It Green kits to do my bus. I'm fairly confident it would have been about the same, or cheaper, to drive it to a professional to get the job done.
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