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Old 03-20-2020, 10:13 PM   #541
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Stinkbugs are such a consistence presence in my life, it's time for me to accept them as my spirit animal. I get three or four new friends upstairs in my house everyday from wherever it is they emerge. Even my bus was filled with hundreds of dead ones when I demoed it.

Maybe they're getting vengeance on me for disrupting their ancestral gravesite. Joke's on them - I kinda like 'em and they don't stink if you don't kill them.

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Old 03-20-2020, 11:59 PM   #542
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It will be interesting to see when and where my undercarriage starts showing signs of rust through the yellow. Just hope it's not "three months" and "everywhere". I'm probably more worried about the (very few) patches where the original factory black paint is still on and in perfect shape. The yellow doesn't seem to adhere as well there as it does to the pitted osphoed parts, although with a second coat it seems fine.
For paint to adhere properly to paint that has not yet oxidized, you must buff it. A light sanding with 220 grit would do it. There is a certain repaint time for the new paint after which buffing is recommended. Look on your Yellow Rustoleum can for details.
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Old 03-21-2020, 07:37 AM   #543
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For paint to adhere properly to paint that has not yet oxidized, you must buff it. A light sanding with 220 grit would do it. There is a certain repaint time for the new paint after which buffing is recommended. Look on your Yellow Rustoleum can for details.
Yeah, I just got lazy about buffing the healthy paint first. I'm sure I will pay for it, but at least there wasn't much healthy paint to begin with, and when my yellow starts peeling there will be healthy paint underneath. I do expect to be retouching this pretty regularly.
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Old 03-21-2020, 11:50 AM   #544
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More air tank prep

I'm going to make some specialized scraping tools this afternoon to reach the parts behind the tank and the cross-members made of c-channel (I guess they're really g-channel) bends.

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I ate a fair amount of rusty paint scraping up at this part. PPE for many reasons.

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Old 03-21-2020, 01:01 PM   #545
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I'm going to make some specialized scraping tools this afternoon to reach the parts behind the tank and the cross-members made of c-channel (I guess they're really g-channel) bends.

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I ate a fair amount of rusty paint scraping up at this part. PPE for many reasons.

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Nor sure if you have access to one but I pressure washed the underside and all the flaky rust came right off.
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Old 03-21-2020, 01:48 PM   #546
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Nor sure if you have access to one but I pressure washed the underside and all the flaky rust came right off.
There's a local car wash my bus fits in, but it's not high-enough pressure to do a proper job on this stuff, and you can't really get at the bottom part of this g-channel lip I'm talking about. Not to mention that I'd have to lie on my back in the water to do the underside. In warm weather I'll be doing something like that, but not right now.
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Lol yeah I was on a creeper and the pressure was pushing me all over the place. I just geared up in a full face mask and rain jacket and coveralls and went at it for about 30 minutes and then showered. It helps that I have a professional power washing set up with all sorts of nozzles to let me reach nooks and crannies.
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Old 03-21-2020, 04:04 PM   #548
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Bread and crackers

Stores around me have been out of bread (other than Wonder Bread which doesn't count) for a few days so I made some with the help of my dutch oven.

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Also made some crackers to piggyback on having the oven at 450 for so long.

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Should we start a home cookin' thread, maybe? Going to be a lot more people than normal using their kitchens, I suppose.
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Old 03-21-2020, 04:21 PM   #549
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Nice! haven't had anything from a dutch oven in a long time. We used to do a pineapple upside down cake in one. That was back when I was a kid in scouts.

Roxy's making a pot roast tomorrow. Looking forward to our publix delivery. We're down to just two tv dinners till they get here.
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Stores around me have been out of bread (other than Wonder Bread which doesn't count) for a few days so I made some with the help of my dutch oven.

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Also made some crackers to piggyback on having the oven at 450 for so long.

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Should we start a home cookin' thread, maybe? Going to be a lot more people than normal using their kitchens, I suppose.
Wow that looks really good! There's nothing like fresh bread. When my wife makes it, about half of the first loaf out disappears rather quickly!

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Washing machine pickup is on hold now. The guy selling it is in New Jersey, where the governor just issued a stay-at-home order to all non-essential residents, and he has the washing machine at his church. Sorry to put the washing machine on hold, but happy states are taking this as seriously as they need to.
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Old 03-22-2020, 12:25 AM   #552
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Washing machine pickup is on hold now. The guy selling it is in New Jersey, where the governor just issued a stay-at-home order to all non-essential residents, and he has the washing machine at his church. Sorry to put the washing machine on hold, but happy states are taking this as seriously as they need to.
Time will tell if it will be available after this all is over. I sure hope so.


It is indeed good to see the states taking this seriously now.
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Should we start a home cookin' thread, maybe? Going to be a lot more people than normal using their kitchens, I suppose.
If you make such a thread, please post a link here.
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Too cold and wet to do anything else. I should have made a couple of brushes like this for the first coat of yellow, but better late than never. Still have to make some funky scraping tools, but I'm too lazy to even put the cutting wheel on my chop saw.

Considering bringing my bus to my house for the duration of this so I don't have to drive to it. Probably not, though, since it would mess up the driveway ... and my relationships with my neighbors. The punch and chisel set for my air hammer should be arriving soon, and I'm going to take a stab at removing the ceiling rivets. I don't think my neighbors would appreciate that kind of racket; in fact my next-door neighbor is an already horribly-overworked nurse at the nearest hospital so I definitely wouldn't want to wake her up at any point.
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That is some impressive progress on those intricate tools!!!! :-0


I get in moods like that, mostly weather related. Wet and cold is not a favorite combination.


Too bad you can not bring the bus home. It does make working in the bad weather more bearable.
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Governor of PA just issued a stay-at-home order for Philly suburbs (including mine) for the next two weeks. Driving to work on a skoolie is not on the list of approved activities, but I don't think it's violating the principles since I'm not near anyone over there.
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Governor of PA just issued a stay-at-home order for Philly suburbs (including mine) for the next two weeks. Driving to work on a skoolie is not on the list of approved activities, but I don't think it's violating the principles since I'm not near anyone over there.
All the more reason to drive it home!
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Almost every day when I go to work on the bus, there is a tiny bird hanging out on the back wall of the bus and I have to chase him out. I have it down now and I can shoosh him out the passenger door no problem, but the first time he was in there, I went around opening every window, door and hatch in the bus while he (she?) flapped all around me ... and then he finally hopped out of the bus through the hole in the floor.

I'm thankful that at least I have all the supplies in hand now to completely finish the floor repair. And my toilet seat came, so I can build my DIY human litter box (or at least a first crack at it, pun intended). My goal is to maybe have the bus at least be something I could park in my driveway and self-quarantine away from my parents, while getting electricity and wifi from the house.
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