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Old 07-11-2015, 08:39 PM   #1
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Gotta love the wood............

and the recessed window a/c

lot of great ideas in this album
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Old 07-12-2015, 01:36 AM   #2
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Old 07-12-2015, 02:16 AM   #3
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I personally hate building structures from wood, despite making around 40% of my living from doing so.

Wood swells, shrinks, twists, rots, molds if moisture content is above 19%, bugs eat it, ect.

The disadvantages are far far beyond the benefits.

To me wood should be nothing more than a cladding or veneer for visual pleasure.

Soft wood like we have here in Alberta Canada is almost useless. It compounds all the disadvantages.

I would rather build from metal. Hence the reason I'm building a bus, not a sticks and staples RV.

Metal will outlast any wood, and properly engineered is half the weight.

The finishes we have for metal today can last a lifetime, and never require a refinish.

Wood must be refinished continuously. Life is too short for that

However, I also will not install asphalt shingles of any kind due to them not lasting the life of the building. I install only metal cladding on roofs.( Roofing tin, metal shingles, ect.) Once installed correctly, the metal lasts a lifetime.

So, yes I like the look of wood, but nothing else about it.

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Old 07-12-2015, 08:45 AM   #4
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How well does that window mount AC work
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Old 07-12-2015, 10:28 AM   #5
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That's Steve's bus, as in Steve the previous owner of skoolie.net.
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Old 07-12-2015, 02:29 PM   #6
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I wunder the same about an a.c. unit like that. I have to figure what we are going with in ours.
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Old 07-12-2015, 06:42 PM   #7
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That's Steve's bus, as in Steve the previous owner of skoolie.net.
You sure about that, I seem to remember a much taller roof raise.
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Old 07-12-2015, 07:01 PM   #8
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Speaking of Steve, is he totally erased from the site? There were a ton of pictures of his bus and he used to post every day. Just did some searching and can't find anything about him.
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Old 07-12-2015, 07:50 PM   #9
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Oh come on Nat....can't you just give out one damn compliment without having to add a sermon about the evils of the damn wood.

I think those pictures show what a good carpenter can achieve in a bus and I for one appreciate getting to see what I can accomplish if I should choose to.
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Old 07-12-2015, 08:35 PM   #10
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My buddy does killer airbrushing out of his studio- a 1966 Ford school bus that was lovingly converted by a skilled carpenter back in the 70's. The wood is holding up REALLY WELL in this Florida humidity.
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