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Old 09-26-2012, 11:22 PM   #211
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:27 AM   #212
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:58 PM   #213
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Not a lot of progress this week but I did pick up a new valance for the front bumper. I'd shopped the Internet for a replacement and found some aftermarket valances for $70 or so plus shipping but I checked the local Ford dealer and they had factory replacements for $65. I've been pleasantly surprised by Ford's parts pricing.



The sink we got had three holes for the faucet but I needed holes for the sprayer and the soap dispenser. Word on the 'net was that stainless was ornery stuff and hard to work with. Some suggested using a greenlee punch set to shear the holes and others said a hole saw would work but would generate a lot of heat and might discolor the sink. I tried my Sears 1" hole saw and it dug right through nice and clean. Sometimes the Internet guys over-think the problem.



My little incandescent reading lights over the bed were drawing 11 watts each so I checked ebay for LED replacement bulbs. I found two G4 base LED bulbs for the grand total of $4 shipped to my door. Light output is about the same as the incandescent bulbs and these draw only 1 watt each. The light color is distinctly greenish which isn't great but the price and power draw was certainly right. After installing these our total lighting load (three aisle lights and the two reading lights) is 12 watts. That compares to about 65 watts to run all the incandescents.

We also needed some low power lights for the under-bed storage area and for use as a night light in the bathroom area. The Dollar Store came through with a set of three AAA battery powered LED stick-on puck lights. They were $5 for the set and included batteries. Their light output is pretty low but they do light up the dark places with no wiring required. You press the light lens to turn them on/off.



The weather's starting to turn cold here in lower Michigan so I need to get my water pipes and tanks drained before they freeze.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:54 PM   #214
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So I had two smallish problems: The back of the kitchen counter was visible through the side windows (which looks a bit country) and I needed someplace convenient to put cooking utensils and silverware. The original plan was to black out the windows up to the top of the counter and to build some sort of holder for the utensils and fasten it to the back of the kitchen cabinet door.

Disregard that homeless guy reflected in the window.


What I came up with was something that takes care of both problems. I took the cutouts from the window trim panels and made them into a piece that fits down into the gap between the counter and the bus window covering the back of the counter top and giving us some handy storage for the utensils. I'll paint the piece black so it will effectively black out that part of the window.

Here's the (unpainted) piece.


and here it is in place.


I'm also very excited that my third bus title finally arrived and actually looks like they may have actually gotten it right this time.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:20 PM   #215
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Nifty solution that will doubtless get mimicked many times over. And...nice camera.
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Very clever idea! If you don't mind I'll try to copy cat your solution . Jack
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:11 AM   #217
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Copy away with my blessings. I'm just pleased to finally be able to contribute something original
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:43 AM   #218
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The sharing and cross pollination of ideas is one of the things that make this forum so great. I was in ad biz for many years and we had a saying..."there's nothing wrong with stealing ideas...as long as you only steal the good ones."
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:01 PM   #219
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The sharing and cross pollination of ideas is one of the things that make this forum so great. I was in ad biz for many years and we had a saying..."there's nothing wrong with stealing ideas...as long as you only steal the good ones."
Totally agree with that. My build would have been much more difficult without all the ideas I came across here. We truly do stand on each other's shoulders at times.

You were in advertizing? I pictured you (and Jack and chevy49) as being heavy equipment guys from your willingness to cut and paste huge pieces of equipment.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:57 PM   #220
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Roach, I was suprised as well. But then I guess I shouldn't talk. I started out as a teacher and when I couldn't stand that any longer I became a peace officer--I did like that, go figger. I've always played with cars and for it to remain fun it needed to get more and more complicated hense all the tools and equiptment and no money in the bank What about you '49 and you too Roach?

I think the truly amazing thing about Tango is his concrete and steel art--truly amazing! Jack
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