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Old 09-20-2016, 08:17 AM   #41
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ceiling is looking good!! what keeps the planks from cracking and / or splintering when your bus flexes as you say drive over rail tracks or a nasty construction zone on the road?

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Old 09-20-2016, 01:31 PM   #42
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That's a great question... I have no idea, haha. Guess we'll see what happens! I've seen several skoolies using similar ceilings, but not any follow up as to how well they've held up.
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Old 09-23-2016, 06:35 PM   #43
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I was thinking more about your questions Christopher, wondering if anyone has any experience with using wood hardener? I know it's meant more for decaying wood, but maybe it would also strength the cedar planks which are somewhat soft as is. Minwax 1 pt. High-Performance Wood Hardener-41700000 - The Home Depot
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Old 09-23-2016, 07:54 PM   #44
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Nice progress! I enjoy your build, especially since we're in similar positions. Regarding the airgap for the ceiling, If you throw in a radient barrier, I think it adds some sort of magic insulation science. I am thinking about using some reflectix in my ceiling if I find myself with a small air gap. However I do want to smother my insulation just because vibrations.
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Old 09-28-2016, 01:18 AM   #45
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Thanks Taolik! I've been following your build as well, good stuff! I kind of wish I went with spray foam now, but the foam board was definitely more affordable for me and easy to self install. Anyways, it's all a learning experience!

Cedar plank ceiling is done. Definitely a pain in the ass, but it looks pretty great!





Unfortunately I'm headed out of town for a week or two for work, so no updates on the bus for a bit. Plan on painting the roof with Hytech Bus Kote first thing when I get back. But for now, the bus gets a tarp while I'm gone.

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Old 09-28-2016, 03:26 PM   #46
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Flattered-grass is always greener, I called around some spray foam contractors and the majority of them refused to do work on my bus stating that it would damage my roof line and they couldn't be liable for that (despite my insistence that it's okay). Also most of them also told me they have minimums like $1,000. I'm sure I could've found one to do it but I figure my first bus conversion is okay for me to stinge out on spray foam. It's really a learning experience. Ultimately I justify my decisions with "next bus will be better". //end rant.

Anyway that ceiling looks awesome! It kinda makes me want to go with a wood ceiling. I got some time to think about it, hopefully I'll catch up by the time you return. Have fun!
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Old 10-19-2016, 07:14 PM   #47
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Well I was only back in town for a little over a week, and now I'm headed off again. I did manage to get the roof seams sealed and two coats of paint on, in between rain showers. I still have a gallon of HyTech Buskote left (bought 2), so if I don't get a chance to put it on before it gets too cold, I'll put a fresh coat on in the spring. Used Hytech seam seeler and patch tape before the paint to cover all the seams and most of the rivets. Here is a before and after.



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Old 10-30-2016, 09:39 PM   #48
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Your build is coming along really well! Did you convert the existing hatch to a skylight? Any cutting required?
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