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Old 11-09-2019, 08:04 PM   #21
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Take down ceiling and insulate? Totally your choice. I will say that I've never heard anyone say they wish they hadn't insulated so well. But LOTS of complaints about cold and condensation. Before I insulated my bus, It was ridiculously wet inside- ALL from condensation. I wasn't living in it, ie, not creating moisture, it was just from the day/night temperature swings "breathing" moisture into it. Now insulated (still building, no heat inside) and it's dry as a bone. If I'm inside working, the windows (original ones) fog up a bit. I'm really glad I insulated. Spray foam+thermal break+T&G pine. I'm building a rig to travel in, not live full time, but I still want it comfortable and dry.
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Take down ceiling and insulate? Totally your choice. I will say that I've never heard anyone say they wish they hadn't insulated so well. But LOTS of complaints about cold and condensation. Before I insulated my bus, It was ridiculously wet inside- ALL from condensation. I wasn't living in it, ie, not creating moisture, it was just from the day/night temperature swings "breathing" moisture into it. Now insulated (still building, no heat inside) and it's dry as a bone. If I'm inside working, the windows (original ones) fog up a bit. I'm really glad I insulated. Spray foam+thermal break+T&G pine. I'm building a rig to travel in, not live full time, but I still want it comfortable and dry.
Yeah all my buses have sweated inside! Condensation sucks.
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Old 11-10-2019, 03:58 PM   #23
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I have been (very slowly) been working on my bus for almost three years. I have had plenty of trouble trying to heat it with a propane heater with no insulation, in cold weather. It rained inside my bus. I understand why it did that.

What puzzles me is why I saw drips from the ceiling when I have not been in the in the bus, run heat or had rain in several days.
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Old 11-10-2019, 04:29 PM   #24
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I have been (very slowly) been working on my bus for almost three years. I have had plenty of trouble trying to heat it with a propane heater with no insulation, in cold weather. It rained inside my bus. I understand why it did that.

What puzzles me is why I saw drips from the ceiling when I have not been in the in the bus, run heat or had rain in several days.
I get the drippy ceilings some mornings, too. Just condensation like morning dew. It's worse with the big hole in my floor.
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Old 12-29-2019, 08:21 PM   #25
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Hi Johnny. I just finished watching all of your bus conversion videos. Extremely interesting and helpful. Thank You. I'm in the middle of mine now. Can't wait til summer, hoping its finished by then. I have a 21 passenger shuttlebus.
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The punch and chisel are included with the gun. I got about halfway through my job, then the tool broke, but HF replaced it with no issues ("Set it on that counter and go get a new one" was the extent of their return process ).

I used a 2 HP, 8 gallon compressor......didn't have to wait on it as often as I thought I would.
It seems that the HF air impact hammers only come with a flat chisel now:

https://www.harborfreight.com/air-im...g_q=air+chisel
https://www.harborfreight.com/medium...mer-61244.html

I guess I have to get a set like this as well: https://www.harborfreight.com/7-in-l...-pc-68276.html

Is the pointed one the one you use for punching out the mandrels? I'm actually sort of looking forward to this as a mindless activity.
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It seems that the HF air impact hammers only come with a flat chisel now:

https://www.harborfreight.com/air-im...g_q=air+chisel
https://www.harborfreight.com/medium...mer-61244.html

I guess I have to get a set like this as well: https://www.harborfreight.com/7-in-l...-pc-68276.html

Is the pointed one the one you use for punching out the mandrels? I'm actually sort of looking forward to this as a mindless activity.
yep pointy bit for mandrels.
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Old 02-15-2020, 10:33 PM   #28
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Is the pointed one the one you use for punching out the mandrels? I'm actually sort of looking forward to this as a mindless activity.
Yes sir. Here's a great video of the process.....it was actually easier than shown. I was enjoying myself long before I finished. And the wall rivets were even easier.

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