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Old 05-25-2007, 11:10 AM   #1
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I'm new to this site....bought a bus in March and am making small progress.....having trouble putting screws in to hang curtains...anyone have a suggestion? my e-mail is mailto:ruthieb52@yahoo.com
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Old 05-25-2007, 02:56 PM   #2
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The self tapping screws work very well. When screwing into the ceiling there's about 1.5-2" gap between the inner skin and the outer skin. I used 1.5" self tapping screws to hang my cabinets - screwing through 1/2" of wood, so only 1" screwed into the ceiling.

Where the crossmemebers are you have to screw through the crossmember as well - which is harder but would be able to support more weight. The crossmemebers are where the line of rivets on the roof panels are.
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Old 05-26-2007, 05:03 PM   #3
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I used steel electric conduit pipe with a 2 inch piece welded to each end and on the wall side I welded a washer to it for a screw hole. I only had to cover 3 windows on one side and 3 plus driver window on the other. For curtains I just used bed sheets I some removable poles for the windshield and lift door and service door.
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Old 05-26-2007, 07:46 PM   #4
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Self tapping screws will work if you drill out the holes first. You can save a step by using self drilling screws....these are acctualy called TEK screws, they have a built-in drill point on the tip, once they drill through the metal, the threaded section takes over and pulls the screw into place... You can find these at pretty much most fastner paces, I think even Lowes carries a limited selection of these...

I have used TEK screws almost exclusively on my bus. They have saved me a whole lot of drilling... At first I'd drill, then either use self tappers or pop rivets... the TEK screws really saved me that extra step...

BTW.... phillips head works pretty well, but a square drive head works even better!!
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Self tapping screws will work if you drill out the holes first. You can save a step by using self drilling screws
Really? I've never had to drill a hole for my self tapping screws? maybe they're called something else - thats just what I call em... they have what looks like a drill bit tip on the end and they went right in.
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i don't pre-drill holes for mine either......and i've used them in 1/4" plate, and even attached things to the bus frame with them.

i love my self tappers! i'd hate to build a bus without them.
I use them for all kinds of things from the front to the back.

If any of you are working on your skoolie and you have not yet discovered self tapping screws.....go to home depot right now and buy some! Ok, maybe not right now....but the next time you're out shopping pick up a box and try em out.
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They are self-drilling screws. They have a drill shaped point. Known in the sheetmetal industry as TEK screws. They come in different sizes, the bigger ones (TEK-8 I believe) about 1/4" dia. will drill through 1/2" plate. They are awesome. They can replace a drilled hole with a nut and bolt in many cases. Don't build a bus without 'em!
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Self tapping screws are merely pointed screws that cut a thread pattern into the wood or metal as it goes in...

As pointed out above, the ones with drill points on them are self drilling TEK screws.... I have about a half dozen sizes and styles from little half inch long pan head square drives, to 2.5" phillips flat head...

I think you may have the self tappers and the self drilling screws confused...

Self Drilling HERE

Self Tapping HERE
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Thats them; the self drilling screws - thats what I was talking about. I got em mixed up.
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hanging curtains

In the rear we use magnets to hang the curtains that way we can take them down when on the road and there is no way to get hurt on them or rip them when you lose you balance and want to grab on to something to save your a#*. Would also save a trip to the emergency room, think safety. Up front around the driver we have grommets in our curtains and use the rails and hangers that are made for that purpose to hang them, also taking them down when in transit. We do have rails over our side windows up front and they stay up all the time, we just slide them along the rails to cover up the windows at night, bunch them together in the daytime. We can curtain the whole bus at night to keep strangers out and sleeping past daybreak in the morning is nice. Making sure your bus is safe by not having sharp edges, screws, corners, etc goes a long way to keeping you out of the ER. sportyrick
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