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Old 03-25-2020, 08:33 PM   #1
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Lurker saying hi

QHi, I’m Kate. My husband and I bought a short bus in December, spent more money than we should have on mechanical repairs, two weeks building like mad, and then moved out of our apartment just in time for the zombie apocalypse to shut down home improvement stores. Now we’re out in the desert hiding from the pandemic and slowly refining the inside. At least it’s something to keep us busy. Thought I’d say hi and introduce myself finally. There’s an album of the build on my profile. Not sure how to link that here.
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Old 03-27-2020, 03:08 AM   #2
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Howdy Kate (and hubby)!


Here in Texas, the Home Improvement stores are considered "essential services". Maybe a farm and tractor supply store is open for y'all? Amazon? LOL


You may be able to search the internet for home improvement stores in the area that are open. In the meantime, those little projects add up and never seem to get the qualty time they need. Now is a great time to address them. Hmmm, perhaps I need to heed my own advice?
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Old 03-27-2020, 01:06 PM   #3
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Howdy Kate (and hubby)!


Here in Texas, the Home Improvement stores are considered "essential services". Maybe a farm and tractor supply store is open for y'all? Amazon? LOL
Ok, you caught me being dramatic. As far as I know those stores are open here in Arizona, too. However, Hubs and I both have underlying conditions that put us at increased risk of severe outcomes so we’re practicing extreme social distancing. Thankfully, we have everything we need to complete several ongoing projects.
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Old 03-27-2020, 08:00 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. I thought I was smart and made a list for home Depot that would last me a month of work. Got everything last week.

Been back to home Depot twice already because I add wrong and forget things! It's like rolling a die every time I go in there. Hopefully I'm done for a while.
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Old 03-28-2020, 01:01 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forum. I thought I was smart and made a list for home Depot that would last me a month of work. Got everything last week.

Been back to home Depot twice already because I add wrong and forget things! It's like rolling a die every time I go in there. Hopefully I'm done for a while.
Around here, it is almost cause for a celebration if I can do a one & done at Home Depo. There always seems to be something forgotten or changed.
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Old 03-28-2020, 07:55 AM   #6
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Around here, it is almost cause for a celebration if I can do a one & done at Home Depo. There always seems to be something forgotten or changed.
There's a Lowe's on the way between my house and my bus and I'd gotten in the habit of stopping there at least once a day, so forgetting things wasn't fatal. There's also a small Ace Hardware about 500 feet from my bus which is handy. I'm not going in either until they start doing curbside pickup, though.
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Old 03-28-2020, 10:07 AM   #7
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sometimes the small little things you think you forgot are laying in your scrap pile?
proper PPE and some tools are not negotiable but a shim out of anything or a screw dropped that you forgot to pick is a time and money saver
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Old 03-28-2020, 03:12 PM   #8
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sometimes the small little things you think you forgot are laying in your scrap pile?
proper PPE and some tools are not negotiable but a shim out of anything or a screw dropped that you forgot to pick is a time and money saver
Unless I am in a time-crunch, I will search through my ready supply of picked up, found, recovered bits and pieces. Of course on projects I KNOW I will need to buy nuts and bolts, I do not do the search first.
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Old 03-28-2020, 03:25 PM   #9
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sometimes the small little things you think you forgot are laying in your scrap pile?
proper PPE and some tools are not negotiable but a shim out of anything or a screw dropped that you forgot to pick is a time and money saver
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Unless I am in a time-crunch, I will search through my ready supply of picked up, found, recovered bits and pieces. Of course on projects I KNOW I will need to buy nuts and bolts, I do not do the search first.
My biggest project setback in Ohio is the "triage of moving stuff" when I moved from CO last year... I only moved the quality "scrap" like ss sheet metal and angle iron...

I have to remember anything I'm missing that I know I used to own is cheaper to get new than to have rented a bigger truck to move with...

But damn, I do miss my bin of "mixed hardware"!
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Old 03-28-2020, 04:18 PM   #10
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My biggest project setback in Ohio is the "triage of moving stuff" when I moved from CO last year... I only moved the quality "scrap" like ss sheet metal and angle iron...

I have to remember anything I'm missing that I know I used to own is cheaper to get new than to have rented a bigger truck to move with...

But damn, I do miss my bin of "mixed hardware"!
Except now you have to remember if you still have it or not. I may not always be able to find it, but I know if I have it.
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Old 03-30-2020, 10:25 AM   #11
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Ok, you caught me being dramatic. As far as I know those stores are open here in Arizona, too. However, Hubs and I both have underlying conditions that put us at increased risk of severe outcomes so we’re practicing extreme social distancing. Thankfully, we have everything we need to complete several ongoing projects.
Looking forward to following along. I have the same placement of handicap doors and am stumped how to best fit everything I want.
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Old 03-30-2020, 11:15 AM   #12
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Damn you guys have been busy! Welcome to the Skoolie world. As a long-time lurker myself (and now turned Skoolie owner), I made a build thread to support other lurkers out there who don't have accounts. You should definitely do the same! Plus what else are you going to do in these next few weeks?
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