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Old 12-30-2020, 05:13 PM   #1601
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After everything you've been through preparing (eh, re-pairing. Or is that de-rusting? Whatever) the foundation of your build, it's gotta feel great to get the the point you are now. Tripped out when I saw your first post date wasn't (relatively) that long ago, all things considered. Amazing progress!
Thanks a lot, it does feel pretty great. I am getting heartily sick of XPS foam, though.

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Old 12-30-2020, 05:39 PM   #1602
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Note to self: embed some pieces of galvanized steel in the foam board behind the tub walls, so that shower curtain magnets will work (kinda). Or I guess embedding magnets would work even better, as long as I manage the polarities properly.
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Old 12-30-2020, 11:34 PM   #1603
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I think you will find that you will need powerful magnets to adhere a shower curtain directlly to metal, lt alone through the wall of the shower.
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Old 12-31-2020, 05:01 PM   #1604
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Whoops, forgot these needed to be recessed on the other piece, too.

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Other end of the channel the power and water will run through to cross to the other side of the bus.

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This top piece has a shallow groove that the edge of the tub will fit into.

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Tub is framed out - on to the toilet.

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Old 12-31-2020, 10:04 PM   #1605
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The tub enclosure looks awesome, but please don't feel it necessary to up*load* any pix of you going "onto the toilet"...
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Old 12-31-2020, 10:54 PM   #1606
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The tub enclosure looks awesome, but please don't feel it necessary to up*load* any pix of you going "onto the toilet"...
Aw man, I was even going to put a gopro in the box for my first video post. Oh well, I guess Youtube stardom isn't for me.
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Old 01-01-2021, 12:07 AM   #1607
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I like it !!! I went through a half a dozen magnets before I found something that would just hold my damn curtains up.
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Old 01-01-2021, 03:23 PM   #1608
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$100 on Craiglist:

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This will be enough for a 73" long counter on the driver's side and the rest should be sufficient to surround the sink on the other side, assuming I can piece it together in a reasonable attractive fashions.

Hour and a half round trip to go get it in Northeast Philadelphia - this trip has inspired me to get my heaters fixed. I was surprised to see the oil temp get a lot higher than what I've seen before, but I never took a long road trip with the Bluefire so I never saw it at all on my other trips. 210 was as high as it got.

Interesting to see that the Bluefire app flags the RPMs in red when they stay over 2500 for more than a short while.
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Old 01-01-2021, 11:43 PM   #1609
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Love the butcher block! You keeping it this color or refinishing/staining it at all? Good find!!!
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Old 01-02-2021, 12:31 AM   #1610
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Love the butcher block! You keeping it this color or refinishing/staining it at all? Good find!!!
I've never dealt with butcher block before other than with cutting boards and I've always neglected those, so I'm still researching and open to ideas and suggestions. Since the counter will be for food prep, it seems like just sanding and a couple of coats of mineral oil is something often done; it would certainly be pretty easy to do that. My brother had a butcher block countertop and used peanut oil on it, but I dunno.

On the other side it will be under the sink (which will be set on top of it, not in a hole) and really more decorative and not something food will be on (there will probably be cooking utensils laying on it so I'm not sure), so I'm thinking of coating it with polyurethane on both sides and edges to spare it from water damage. Hopefully this way it will still look the same as the other side.

The seller tossed in the smaller piece on the left for free when I showed up. I'm thinking I might turn it into a bigger cutting board than I've ever dreamed of owning.
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Old 01-02-2021, 01:22 AM   #1611
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I think they make a food grade tongue oil. Honestly I can’t remember. Do a search for food grade oils for butcher block. Anytime I used tongue oil I have used my bare hand. I understand that the natural oils in your hand helps create heat to get deeper luster. Great buy!!
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Old 01-02-2021, 02:45 AM   #1612
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That is a great buy! I really love the look and feel of butcher block. I am sure you will find the best treatment for it and for you.
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Old 01-02-2021, 03:15 AM   #1613
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I went back and forth with treatment on mine before I put mine in. I was going to go with a food grade oil like you and others had mentioned. Finally I decided to go with spar urethane. I sprayed top and bottom of it as well as the sides with many coats. Especially where I had cut out for the sink in case water ever got around there. I'm not sure I went the correct route with mine as I have put a few scratches in it. If I had went an oil route, I've read all I have to do is rub in more oil...

I finally decided I wouldn't be rolling out biscuits or anything on the counter or actually cutting on it, (because it was too pretty to cut on) so I went with the urethane. I did keep the cutout from the sink and it's a nice sized cutting board. I will get food grade oil for it and use on it eventually!

Will be looking forward to see the route you go with it!
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Just here to ditto what everyone else said about the butcher block. That's going to look marvelous!


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Fitted the first wall panel.

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Taking up this piece of flooring was a royal pain. Half the screws I used were stripped going in so I had to cut the heads and get them out with a regular screwdriver. Really wish I had already learned about star drive decking screws by this point.

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Cut it into two pieces so I can remove the end piece as needed to get at the wires and hoses under it.

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Insulated over the last bit of exposed metal floor.

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Test piece to see if I need countersink with this 5mm plywood.

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Sure do.

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First wall piece screwed in place. I used galvanized \#8 screws; I'll be painting these panels white and later wherever screws are visible, I'll pull them out one by one and replace them with brass screws. I have decided to embrace and celebrate the exposed fastener.

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Trying some layouts of the toilet stuff I'm going to use to make sure I make it big enough.

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24" wide, 18" tall and 26" deep (the depth is fixed by the rest of the cabinetry). Seems like nice round numbers and it will leave lots of storage space inside the box besides room just for the two containers.

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I might make it a little taller, not sure.
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Old 01-02-2021, 05:24 PM   #1616
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Just here to ditto what everyone else said about the butcher block. That's going to look marvelous!
It's going to feel marvelous too, but of course that's secondary.
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That is a great buy! I really love the look and feel of butcher block. I am sure you will find the best treatment for it and for you.
I dunno, I'm not sure I could take sanding and oiling!
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Old 01-02-2021, 11:01 PM   #1618
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I dunno, I'm not sure I could take sanding and oiling!
You mean the physical process of sanding and oiling?


The sanding and oiling is a theraputic process. You do have to have a lot of time available to really get into it. Once you get into the groove of the sanding and oiling, time seems to suspend. If you don't "get into it", it is shear labor!
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Old 01-02-2021, 11:57 PM   #1619
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The kitty litter bucket is very appropriate for composting toilet building.

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I would poly the butcher blocks and use cutting boards that can go in the sink to be washed. I did that at my old house and it worked well.
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