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Old 06-14-2018, 12:23 PM   #1
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Greetings,

I am planning to purchase a bus in the next 60 days. Can someone tell me the tools I will need to purchase to demo, tools to prep floors, lay down plywood subflooring, electrical, plumbing, and basic carpentry. I am putting together my budget.

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Old 06-14-2018, 12:54 PM   #2
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Greetings,

I am planning to purchase a bus in the next 60 days. Can someone tell me the tools I will need to purchase to demo, tools to prep floors, lay down plywood subflooring, electrical, plumbing, and basic carpentry. I am putting together my budget.

Thank you,
RR
An angle grinder with cutoff wheels is your best friend in the demo phase.
I've got a miter saw, jig saw, and circular saw. A table saw would be handy, but you can get by with these. I use my cordless drill and impact driver a lot as well, don't necessarily need both. a large pry bar (like 18" give or take) helped a lot getting out the old floor and where I needed leverage.

A generator to power yours tools as well if you don't have a power hookup already. Generator was needed for me since im in a storage lot without power.
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Old 06-14-2018, 02:05 PM   #3
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Thank you jjhwick! Starting my list.
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Air compressor. Air chisel. angle grinder. Drill and bits. Fan.
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For all.of the phases I've gone through so far, in no particular order

Big Pry bar if your floor is glued down well

Angle grinder. Has been the number 1 tool I've used so far.

A broom and dust pan or shop vac. Or both

A decent socket set

Circular saw

Impact driver

Drill

Wire crimp

Caulking gun

Clamps

Wrenches

Big scrub brush

A few really good pairs of gloves. I'm on fourth pair.

A decent straight edge

Measuring tape or 4

Masks

Hammer/mallet

Big ole scrapper

Gorilla tape for when you remove stuff off body or windows and it's gonna rain before you replace/repair area

Heavy duty trash bags

Heavy duty chisel

Razor knife and extra blades
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Old 06-14-2018, 04:15 PM   #6
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Just saw your list and noticed you live in Brevard. I live in Melbourne! Did you purchase your bus in Florida? Are you the bus converter who lives on Merritt Island?

Thank you for such a comprehensive list! So much to add to my ever growing spreadsheet.

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Forgot to add drill bits. Thank you!
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Just saw your list and noticed you live in Brevard. I live in Melbourne! Did you purchase your bus in Florida? Are you the bus converter who lives on Merritt Island?

Thank you for such a comprehensive list! So much to add to my ever growing spreadsheet.

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I picked mine is from publicsurplus.com

She is a lil rusty, but I'm.from Florida, I can make it work

She was in Coral Springs

Your like 20~ minutes away, come.on over
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Hey hey!I picked mine is from publicsurplus.com

She is a lil rusty, but I'm.from Florida, I can make it work

She was in Coral Springs

Your like 20~ minutes away, come.on over

Y'all Floridians are mighty and strong! It must be the sun, the heat and hurricane survival. I have seen your work on IG. You got it.

I spend a lot of time sitting on the Indian River at the park below the causeway. I know many people who live on Merritt Island. And, all the good restaurants are over there.

I will message you on IG when I get back.
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Y'all Floridians are mighty and strong! It must be the sun, the heat and hurricane survival. I have seen your work on IG. You got it.

I spend a lot of time sitting on the Indian River at the park below the causeway. I know many people who live on Merritt Island. And, all the good restaurants are over there.

I will message you on IG when I get back.
I used to live over in Vero and would bring a jay, a sandwich, and a fishing pole and spend the day over on the side of the Indian River fishing around the mangroves.
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Hey hey!I picked mine is from publicsurplus.com

She is a lil rusty, but I'm.from Florida, I can make it work

She was in Coral Springs

Your like 20~ minutes away, come.on over
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I used to live over in Vero and would bring a jay, a sandwich, and a fishing pole and spend the day over on the side of the Indian River fishing around the mangroves.
That sounds like a perfect day in Florida!
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For all.of the phases I've gone through so far, in no particular order

Big Pry bar if your floor is glued down well

Angle grinder. Has been the number 1 tool I've used so far.

A broom and dust pan or shop vac. Or both

A decent socket set

Circular saw

Impact driver

Drill

Wire crimp

Caulking gun

Clamps

Wrenches

Big scrub brush

A few really good pairs of gloves. I'm on fourth pair.

A decent straight edge

Measuring tape or 4

Masks

Hammer/mallet

Big ole scrapper

Gorilla tape for when you remove stuff off body or windows and it's gonna rain before you replace/repair area

Heavy duty trash bags

Heavy duty chisel

Razor knife and extra blades
Is a straight edge a ruler?
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Old 06-14-2018, 06:50 PM   #13
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Is a straight edge a ruler?
Yeah, it can be. I have a 6 foot harbor freight level I use. I also have a couple types of carpenter squares. It's just to draw straight lines.
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Exclamation A lot of tools!

what he said plus:
welder, bench grinder
pliers, vice grips,
socket & open-end wrenches in 1/2 and 3/8 etc.
solder gun plus heat shrink tubing
wire cutter/stripper + tape
several philips head screw driver bits, quality lasts longer.
18v drill + 2 batteries
area light and strong flashlight
camera to picture what you cant see
air compressor and a brad nailer for trim
1"D and 2"D [and others] hole saws [go in a drill]
jig saw for cutting odd shapes
12" and 24" carpenters square
carbide circular saw blade
reciprocating saw with wood blade and metal blade
table saw for ripping plywood and spruce
plastic pipe scissors
and
dozen silicone caulk
dozen latex acrylic caulk
dozen liquid nails
screws! 1", 1.5", 3", and self-taping
metal-wood primer
wiring nuts
2 dozen corner braces for shelves and cabinets
lots of drinking water and
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I am about 1/3 of the way through and have found it to take way more Miller Light than originally anticipated

+1 for impact driver, grinder, saw
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Drinking Water and Popcorn!!

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what he said plus:
welder, bench grinder
pliers, vice grips,
socket & open-end wrenches in 1/2 and 3/8 etc.
solder gun plus heat shrink tubing
wire cutter/stripper + tape
several philips head screw driver bits, quality lasts longer.
18v drill + 2 batteries
area light and strong flashlight
camera to picture what you cant see
air compressor and a brad nailer for trim
1"D and 2"D [and others] hole saws [go in a drill]
jig saw for cutting odd shapes
12" and 24" carpenters square
carbide circular saw blade
reciprocating saw with wood blade and metal blade
table saw for ripping plywood and spruce
plastic pipe scissors
and
dozen silicone caulk
dozen latex acrylic caulk
dozen liquid nails
screws! 1", 1.5", 3", and self-taping
metal-wood primer
wiring nuts
2 dozen corner braces for shelves and cabinets
lots of drinking water and
Yes! Popcorn surely is good for the nerves!
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Old 06-26-2018, 09:25 PM   #17
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I am about 1/3 of the way through and have found it to take way more Miller Light than originally anticipated

+1 for impact driver, grinder, saw


Looks like I will be adding beer AND wine to my list of tools! Thanks. Haha!
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...and a little Tequila for those special moments.
Amen! Awomen! I will start stocking up now!
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...and a little Tequila for those special moments.
I was recently handed a bottle of EXPENSIVE bourbon to try. Its called Pappy van Winkle Family Recipe or something like that. It was AMAZING!!


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