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Old 11-06-2020, 05:33 PM   #1461
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The one uninsulated section is over where the shower is going to be and I'm going to be installing my MaxxAir fan there, so I'm leaving it undone for now.

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Old 11-07-2020, 01:25 PM   #1462
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When I built the bulkhead wall I had no idea how I was going to handle the ceiling or the ceiling/wall inside corner, so I didn't end up leaving anything that I could tie the furring strips into. This galvanized strapping is the best I could do.

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I hadn't ever noticed this before, but one of the side supports for my hatch was driven down by one of the installation screws, to about 3/8" below where it should be, and then all the other screws were run into it in this position. Hatch doesn't leak so I don't want to try and redo it. I'm just going to cut off the bottom half of this thing.

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The best part of all of this is finally getting the damn wires completely out of my sight. I still have a bees' nest up front to deal with, though.

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These pics don't show it very well, but this part over the windows is pretty wavy. I really should have run a taught line to position my blocks before screwing them to the ribs.

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Old 11-07-2020, 05:40 PM   #1463
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Last bit of fascia (?), not sure if that's the right name for this stuff above my windows, or if it even has a name. Still a bee's nest of wire but at least it's mostly in the cab now. Somewhere in there is my starter interlock wire which I need to reattach up in the cab.

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Even worse than the other side. I need something better than this, like 20 ga.

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I've had what appears to be a small oil leak ever since I had my HEUI pump replaced last month. This is where the leak seems to be coming from, though, directly under my transmission. I've been meaning to take my bus back to them to look at it, but the weather's been so great I don't want to lose any build time. My fluid levels are all still fine.

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Started running the normal furring strips. To brace them in place while I run the teks screws, I ripped one of my new 2x4s into two braces. Holy cow, I have never had so much sap come out of a 2x4 before, maybe a cup worth. Now I have that sticky crap everywhere.

I assume the demand for wood products is causing the big box stores to sell wood even greener than normal. Or maybe they're just digging up 2x4s anywhere - one of the ones I just bought looked like it had already been used in a concrete form.

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Old 11-07-2020, 08:56 PM   #1464
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I know what you mean. I think I saw a family of squirrels setting up housekeeping in the Home Depot lumber section.
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Old 11-07-2020, 09:54 PM   #1465
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What is it about air tool oil that causes bottles of it to tip over and drain out no matter how securely the bottle is stored? It's almost as bad as cutting fluid - which is probably the exact same substance.
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Old 11-07-2020, 11:10 PM   #1466
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I know what you mean. I think I saw a family of squirrels setting up housekeeping in the Home Depot lumber section.
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Old 11-08-2020, 12:03 AM   #1467
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What is it about air tool oil that causes bottles of it to tip over and drain out no matter how securely the bottle is stored? It's almost as bad as cutting fluid - which is probably the exact same substance.
Truth!!!!!
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Ha ha, thanks. I think it's a bit over-detailed - I've been meaning to put together a briefer summary thread of everything so that nobody has to watch me cutting lots of little blocks of foam.
Thank you for including so many details and pics. You inspire a quality way to build.
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You're welcome and thank you.
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I am assuming you have made measurements of exactly where all your furring strips are located ... and recorded them.
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My sappy 2x4s.

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When the installers put in the hatch, this corner screw hit the edge of the side brace and bent it down on that side about 3/8". All the subsequent screws on that brace went in with it out of position, so everything is held firmly but the brace isn't flush with the roof.

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Bumpy life. My rounded corners are cracking already.

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Some of my wood is so dubious. This joint here isn't super-critical but I'll probably reinforce it with some galvanized brackets.

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I had a big plan to notch out this brace and re-weld it, but I figured it would be easier to just cut off half the flange and trim the furring strip a little bit to fit over the rest of what is sticking down. It's only 1/8" or so on this side.

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Cornhole hole saw to the rescue again. Seems every radius in the bus is 3". This lets me insulate up tight against the hatch all around.

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My bulkhead wall doesn't have anything to tie the furring strips into, so I notched the insulation so the strip would fit all the way into it to the expanded steel sheet, and then I screwed in a decking screw from the other side to hold it.

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Almost done with the furring strips, ran out of daylight again.

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I am assuming you have made measurements of exactly where all your furring strips are located ... and recorded them.
No need - I'm going to be using ... {dun dun DUNNNN) ... visible fasteners for the paneling!
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Every time I read your updates and look at the pictures and progress, I think to myself I did not spend enough time insulating!!! You are doing a great job. I haven't noticed it yet, but I'm sure some day I'm going to feel hot or cold in my bus and think of this thread! Lol
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Every time I read your updates and look at the pictures and progress, I think to myself I did not spend enough time insulating!!! You are doing a great job. I haven't noticed it yet, but I'm sure some day I'm going to feel hot or cold in my bus and think of this thread! Lol
Thanks! I'm definitely obsessed with insulation since I just can't stand being cold. I'd much rather sit outside when it's 100F than sit inside a house at 65F in wintertime. I generally spend the winter months with a space heater in my lap - and it's not like Philly is Anchorage.
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These blocks attach to the ribs just below the windows, which is where all my leaks coming in, so these are guys are going to be in the firing line as far as water damaged is concerned. I'm painting them completely and using seam sealer on the screw holes.

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Building the front corner. My dilemma is that I need this bit to be fairly easily removable in case I ever need to replace this front window, and I need the insulation that covers the top pane to slide in and out from the cab, so that that I can open the front window when necessary.

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Haven't opened my emergency exit windows in a while. This reminded me of my original dream of having a bus with all exit windows - sadly not possible on my bus without some fairly major fabrication.

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Where the piece of XPS will slide in from the cab side. It's a bit awkward to open the window with my hand in that little gap, but not impossible.

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Rain coming down the inside of my side exit door. Never noticed any leaking here before, not exactly sure where this is coming from. I think the water is coming in past the gasket along the top.

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Some of these screws next to the side door are wet, and I know the heads are rusty on the other side, too.

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I really need to stop building stuff and focus on fixing leaks, but I get sucked in by these long stretches of rain-free weather.
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Good weather does have the effect of subduing your leak fixing drive!


I hope you apply liberal coats of paint to the "hat channel" attachment pieces. I did not notice any on them in the picture.
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I hope you apply liberal coats of paint to the "hat channel" attachment pieces. I did not notice any on them in the picture.
You mean my furring strips? It's all painted with Valspar sealer/primer. Doesn't always look painted, I guess, but I'm painting all the wood that goes into the bus.
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Thanks! I'm definitely obsessed with insulation since I just can't stand being cold. I'd much rather sit outside when it's 100F than sit inside a house at 65F in wintertime. I generally spend the winter months with a space heater in my lap - and it's not like Philly is Anchorage.



ha!! thats me!! I sit outside in summer and only reason i go inside is because the laptop computer will tell me its too hot!!!



I insulated my house really well and installed super efficient hybrid heating so I could set the inside thermostats at 75 (or higher sometimes) during the daytime in winter (i like sleeping cool)..



insulation is definitely key for staying warm.. I sit and hang out in my bus lots now with covid going on. and at times the webasto is working its heart out to keep my interior the 75-80 i want it to be in my stock bus..



I have a feeling on some of the coldest upcoming winter days I'll be idling AND running the webasto on certain days.. luckily ohio doesnt have anti-idle laws and people are used to diesels idling away on ice cold days.. obviously not something thats sustainable for full-timing..



normally i would go to florida but I have a feeling Covid may shut those plans down this year..
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Painting the part of my corner frame that will show through the window.

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An experiment in kerfing oak. It's a tiny bit stronger than pine - even with kerfs halfway through it, the pine here got crushed. Turns out I didn't even need to do this at all, since the curvature over six inches in the middle of the roof is not even 1/8", so it was easier to just sand the corners a little bit.

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Attached the frame in the corner with 3/4" angle braces. Works OK but I wish I had anticipated how this was all going to work when I built the bulkhead wall.

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Made the sliding block piece of insulation.

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Bit of a tight fit, needed to trim it a little.

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Gorilla tape slip-and-slide.

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Little handle notch to let me pull this piece out. I cut it with a flap disk and then embedded a piece of wood so I won't wear out the foam over time.

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Mounting block for a hammock hook. This is oak, attached with six Teks screws to the 1.5" angle steel piece I welded between the ribs here.

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The hooks are in temporarily here, offset from where they'll eventually be so I don't have any holes too close together. The ceiling paneling will cover these and then the hooks will be screwed through the paneling into these blocks, so it will look like they're not screwed into anything substantial.

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The other hook, six ribs away. I was going to mount it one rib closer but that would have had my hammock hanging down too low to clear my couch. I'm glad I decided to put these hooks up to make sure they were going in the right place.

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My 28 year old Brazilian hammock, brought back by a friend of mine who bought it in Brazil for the equivalent of $20. These things are indestructible.

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Geaux Tigers! (I'm actually a UF alum, I might be shot for wearing this thing.)

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