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Old 08-18-2013, 04:00 PM   #321
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As they say: "Experience gained is directly proportional to equipment ruined."
That just means you don't have a welder and grinder to save the equipment ..........
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:16 PM   #322
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As they say: "Experience gained is directly proportional to equipment ruined."
That just means you don't have a welder and grinder to save the equipment ..........
I've got a grinder, but fortunately didn't whip it out this time. A welder is looking more and more like essential equipment.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:02 PM   #323
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Go for it! YOU NEED A WELDER! No less than a Lincoln 140 mig (125 volts) and with variable amps with argon or co2 shielding gas--a little practice and you'll be fryn' baccon! Jack
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I've learned too many new skills and my brain is full.

The skills do come in handy though - the air conditioning rebuild may have helped score me a new job. My building babysitting gig ended a few weeks ago and the guy I interviewed with for a new job was impressed that I'd taught myself how to rebuild my own bus AC system.

A welder is just going to get me into trouble. Once I got one I'd feel duty bound to use it and who knows what unnatural things might come of that.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:14 PM   #325
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. . . A welder is just going to get me into trouble. Once I got one I'd feel duty bound to use it and who knows what unnatural things might come of that.
Waiting for the "unnatural" pictures . . .
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:39 PM   #326
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All our bus forays so far have been up to the family campsite where Roachie is basically just sleeping quarters. This time we'll start out at the camp then work our way back home over the following week, checking out some of the "real" campgrounds on the way and using it as an actual RV for a change.

With that in mind I thought it might be a good thing to check out the water tank that was filled once last year to test connections then drained and never used since. I had visions of a nice green swamp in there complete with frogs merrily croaking on lilly pads. Of course there was no way to actually look in there so I found this deck plate from Beckson Marine that filled the bill nicely. It went in easily, has an o-ring seal and is wide enough that I can get my whole arm in to scrub down the tank and evict the frogs.

Once I got the hole cut I could see about a cup of totally clean water in there and not a frog in sight. Still, for a measly $15 it was worth it if only to keep the paranoia down to a dull roar.

Anyone interested in one of these should have a look at the Beckson website where they have closeouts available for a substantial savings.

http://www.beckson.com/overstock.html

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Old 08-24-2013, 01:11 PM   #327
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nice clean out.

only a skoolie owner is gonna have a holesaw for that
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dude....totally cool.......now you can actually access and feed KOI....or gold fish maybe even catfish then you can have onboard fish fry's....now that's so pimp and good for the planet with sustained food.....you can nowdrive "the smelly deisel" more with the accruded carbon stamps
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That inspection flap is a great idea. Good thinking.
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That inspection flap is a great idea. Good thinking.
As usual, it wasn't MY idea, just googled "water tank inspection" and up popped the deck plate thingy. Previously I was thinking of making a clean out port out of lexan and some sort of gasket but found the Beckson plate for less than the cost of the lexan. It certainly looks better than what I would have cobbled up.

I think Bansil's onto something there. I could rig up a hydroponic garden under the bed and grow some entertaining plants down there. I'd probably need to add some solar panels to run the grow lights but that's certainly do-able.
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