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Old 10-02-2022, 10:04 PM   #2441
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Edged the bedroom floor with black paint, which matches the black carpeting. Probably not really even necessary, but there are a couple of slivers on the edges where the floor would show underneath the carpet.

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Reinstalled the black edge trim. I had the bright idea of using longer screws to attach the corner guard on the step, which hold the lid down firmly over the cross-conduit. I'll have to unscrew them to get at the wiring and plumbing there, but no big deal.

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Reinstalled all the painted trim in the rear section.

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The trim really swelled up while it was out and being painted, either from the high humidity we're having right now or from absorbing the paint. It's taking a bit of persuasion to get it back into place. I kind of thought as I was putting it up the first time that I should cut it with larger gaps. Right again!

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Old 10-02-2022, 10:08 PM   #2442
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Your trim is looking great!

Trim is my least favorite thing to do. I still haven't put down trim in our house after putting in new carpet and vinyl flooring 7 years ago or trimmed out the windows which were replaced 3 years ago.

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Thanks! It looks less good in person, but still kind of OK. I made it from ripped strips of my underlayment plywood, which was easy and cheap but it has a tendency to ripple a little bit. It would have been better to use 1/4" poplar or something like that, but that would have been a whole lot more expensive.

I may gradually replace this trim with better-quality wood down the road.
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Old 10-03-2022, 10:42 PM   #2443
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More painted trim reinstallation.

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I was never really sure how I was going to do this step transition from the living room down to the kitchen, but I really like how it's ended up.

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I like how unobtrusive the fridge mounting has turned out to be, but I am damned sick of hooking and unhooking this thing. Very awkward.

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Old 10-04-2022, 08:51 PM   #2444
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Finished reinstalling most of the trim. Only the bulkhead door trim left to do, but that will have to happen after I mount the barn door handles.

I'm not sure I'm 100% in love with all the visible brass screw heads at this point. They're a bit busier than I anticipated, and an additional problem is that a lot of the screws I purchased are heavily tarnished already, which makes them darker and more noticeable. Oh well, there's certainly no changing it at this point.

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Bulkhead door threshold. I have no idea how these bits are going to hold up to foot traffic.

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Old 10-05-2022, 08:08 PM   #2445
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Retrofitted my bulkhead door for mounting these black barn door handles.

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Painted trim is all reinstalled. I should be able to get my couch put back in tomorrow.

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Old 10-06-2022, 10:18 PM   #2446
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Reinstalled my couch tonight.

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Spent a good half hour trying to find the (tiny) screws for the hinge on this headboard piece. Finally found all 10 buried in sawdust in one of my toolboxes. Every other screw from the entire bus disassembly was neatly packed in ziplock bags and labelled - I have no idea why I was so casual with these particular ones.

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This thing is just so comfortable.

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Reassembled the ottomans (Mehmet I and Mehmet II) and their interlocking hardware.

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Brought my modded butcher block cart downstairs. It did yeoman work all year holding my clothes, which are now on the floor.

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I couldn't remember whether or not I had taken into account the height of the flooring when fitting the cubbyhole for this cart, but fortunately I did and it fits perfectly.

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Rear carpet and mattress back in place.

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Trying out the desk chair to see how it looks and fits.

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It's not really that tight of a squeeze but I keep backing the chair into the couch. I suppose I'll get used to that.

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I think I'm going to hang out in my bus this evening and sleep in it overnight.
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Old 10-10-2022, 09:21 PM   #2447
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Started on Saturday to insulate and trim all my window pillars. Got the latest COVID booster Saturday afternoon so Sunday was a completely lost day, but got back on it today. Columbus was an evil bastard but I'll take any holiday I can get.

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Somehow, almost all the pillars on the passenger side stick out too far, so I had to trim them all on the table saw and repaint the cut side.

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Had to touch up a few spots from before where I had to sand down to get the trim to fit properly. Too lazy to remove the entire pieces.

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First piece of pillar trim in place.

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Finished repainting the pillars, needed the usual three coats.

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Drilled the via hole for my upper level electrical wires on the driver's side. I butchered things a bit more than I wanted to.

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Thank goodness for glue and trim.

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The wires will get to the upper level via this conduit cut into the pillar. The trim piece will cover it.

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Second wire conduit, this one will handle the light over the laundry machines. These things are a bit of a pain.

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Trim reattached.

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Drilled the pass-through wire hole in the trim above my desk. Would have been a lot easier if I had this all planned out when I installed the trim.

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Whoops, my initial hole underneath the desk was off by one screw.

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Finished insulating all the pillars.

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Mass produced some pillar trim. I spend so much time switching bits on my drill, at least this spares me most of that.

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Pillar trim done on the driver's side. Nine more to do on the opposite side.

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Just got back from taking my bus back to its parking spot. I've always wondered what would happen to the bus if I ever forgot about the leveling ramps and drove forward off them, and tonight I found out! I had pulled up on the ramps but felt I was a little too far forward, so I put the bus in R to move back a bit. Except I was actually in N and rolled forward off the front of the ramps instead. I was still riding the brake so it went kind of slowly and the tires gripped the edge a bit before it dropped, so it wasn't a full 10" drop. Felt like nothing at all, I wasn't even sure that I had actually dropped off until I got out and saw both ramps behind the front wheels.

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More assembly-line pillar trim.

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Removed my back door inner handle to paint it black. I have never had this much trouble getting something off that was only held on by the paint after removing the screws. I thought I was going to pull off the whole sheet of plywood covering the back.

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Put up the last of the pillar trim.

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Have to find some good way of getting these bottom screws in since the sink is in the way. I have a 90° drill attachment but I can't find the damn thing.

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I was worried that the trim above the desk would prevent me from raising the desk high enough to get the nunchuks attached, but they're no problem at all.

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Tried out my hammock again. A curious bug/feature of my layout is that my butt in the hammock lightly rests against the couch cushion. I can't feel it at all, but it's enough to prevent the hammock from swaying. I think it might actually be pretty cool.

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Old 10-14-2022, 07:40 AM   #2451
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Looks great, I love sleeping in Dory and also in Elfie. Different experience.. Elfie is more camping but Dory feels more like a space station to me.

I used to have a bus with a lot of teak and brass screws hardware.. I think with the light colors they don't come out the best they can... On the positive ,unless you go stainless you do not have to worry about rust stains on your white walls and trim.

Hammocks are fun , used one a couple of nights outside while camping with Dory, but I think it is nice if they can swing a little bit.

Was there a reason why you have nunchucks attached to the more center of the bus and not going back to the direction of the wall.. might open up the space a little more.

All very impressive, you have time to travel ?

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Was there a reason why you have nunchucks attached to the more center of the bus and not going back to the direction of the wall.. might open up the space a little more.
Yeah, that probably would have worked better, but I installed the desk before building the overhead cabinets and I wasn't sure exactly where those would be going - I would have had to attach the nunchucks to the bottom of the cabinets to have them angled back. Also, hanging straight down they better match the one that supports the folding kitchen table, which could not have been angled back without blocking one side of the table.

In retrospect, a couple of solid supports angled back from the underside might have been a better plan, but the nunchucks are kind of cool-looking, at least.

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Thanks! Yes, but not much inclination to do so. I view my skoolie as more of a self-propelled efficiency apartment than a true recreational vehicle.
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The supports accompany the hammock, well. I'm a big fan of your hanging nunchuck design.

Reminds me of the hanging macrame end tables and basket chairs, from the '70. I dig those too.
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Trying out a new method for attaching the plywood faces of my XPS window inserts.

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Heh, a 1/2" bit makes a hole in the foam much too big for 1/2" dowel. 1/4" bit works perfectly. I'll also be gluing the dowels in place so they don't rotate when I remove the steel screws and replace with the brass ones.

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This is essentially like the barrel nuts (not sure what they're actually called) that are used to assemble cheap particle board furniture. Very tight connection, which is cool. This is much easier to deal with than running a piece of 1.25" dowel all the way through the foam board and screwing another piece on the backside to hold it.

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Painted my rear exit door handle black.

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Touched up the attachment spots on the rear door.

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So far I have managed to find exactly one set of 8 storm window attachment clips in all the hardware and box stores in my area. I guess nobody uses these any more. These work fairly well to hold the insert in place, although I hope the ones I ordered from Amazon are a bit stiffer than these.

I hope my bus hasn't become too much of a torment for all those folks who are bothered by visible fasteners. I'm in the thousands at this point.

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Milestone: first skoolie.net reply posted from my actual skoolie. THE CALLS ARE COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE!!!

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The supports accompany the hammock, well. I'm a big fan of your hanging nunchuck design.

Reminds me of the hanging macrame end tables and basket chairs, from the '70. I dig those too.
My dad went through a phase of making hanging plant holders with macrame back then. Our house was filled with them. I still dig it too, though.
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I'm sitting out in my bus this evening with all the windows closed and my space heater going (it's about 55°F outside). I brought out my oven thermometer to see what the difference is between the temperature on the ceiling and down on the floor. On the floor it's about 70°F and up at the ceiling it's about 76°F (this is absent any kind of fan circulation), a larger difference than I was expecting in such a small space. I'm going to see what effect my box fan has on this distribution.
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Old 10-20-2022, 09:40 PM   #2458
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Reinstalled the black rear door handle after painting.

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Started on the first hinged window insert, for the rear-most passenger side window. Drilled six holes for dowels in each half.

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Dab of Gorilla Glue construction adhesive.

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1.5" 1/2" dowel pieces push in easily.

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I don't think the fit of these pieces was this bad when I cut them almost two years ago. I think maybe the woodwork has shifted around a bit.

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A 1/8" shim of XPS glued to the bottom of the top half took care of the gap. I hope I don't have to do that with all of these.

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Made a new guide for cutting my plywood on my table saw. My old one had about a 1/8" gap between its edge and the blade so I always had to roughly eyeball the fit. I have no idea where this gap came from and I don't know why it took me more than a year to make a proper new one.

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Cut the two pieces of plywood so that their seam is about 1/8" offset from the seam between the XPS pieces.

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A couple of temp wedge pieces so I can run the initial screws in with everything fitted in the window opening.

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Next I attached the screen window clips to hold everything in place and aligned properly. Two screws in each piece fixed the alignment and then I did the rest of the screws on the floor.

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1/2" dowel is really too small for this. It was difficult to get the drill bit and the screw down perfectly perpendicular so that the screw didn't glance off to one side, and this one dowel split for good measure. I think I'm going to use my trusty 1.25" oak dowel for the rest of these. Or maybe I'll rout out ledges for square pieces of wood.

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I was going to attach two of my white hinges here to complete the insert, but I can't find my box of goodies with the hinges anywhere.

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I don't think the fit of these pieces was this bad when I cut them almost two years ago. I think maybe the woodwork has shifted around a bit.
You are not alone. I can't tell you how long I spent scribing details where trim or cabinets meet the ceiling or walls of my bus. In the end, after some time, there are gaps at these locations, even though wood was seasoned. Then again, the joints that have stayed tight squeak when rolling down the road.
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Finally found my white hinges up in my garage attic. One thing that kind of sucks about these hinges is that the pin is loose, so I'm worried that they might tend to come out while driving since they're horizontal here instead of vertical. On the other hand, it may be an advantage to be able to separate the halves easily. I may also just not use any hinges at all. Still in the experimental stage here.

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Decided to try square pegs made of plywood, so I don't have to worry about the screws being slightly off-center or the pegs splitting.

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I didn't mill out enough of the square hole for this peg to go in fully, so I tried with a second hole. I also beveled the edges of the peg with my orbital sander so it would go in easier.

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The second one worked very well. I think the evolution of my window inserts is complete.

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Just amazing how badly all of these cut inserts fit now. It looks like I'm going to have to sand and glue strips on everything. Sigh.

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