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Old 12-06-2019, 09:29 AM   #1
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Popular mechanics article skoolies are mainstream

https://www.popularmechanics.com/hom...ool-bus-house/
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Old 12-06-2019, 10:38 AM   #2
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Pretty good article. He lost me though when he said ridged foam board and "great stuff" spray foam. That spray foam is open cell and could potentially take on water. I personally believe that ridged foam is alright as long as you completely glue it to whatever your putting it against to avoid any airflow behind it. I think this person is more concerned with rust than the possibility of mold. Closed cell spray foam is the optimal way to go. Moving on to my 3rd build, I won't make that mistake again.2
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Old 12-06-2019, 11:30 AM   #3
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Good read, I like articles like this because they help make a nice image of school bus conversions in the main stream. School buses are a trendy thing now days which is nice, I remember back in the 90s when they were considered a vehicle for dirty hippies. So it is nice to see all the cute girls and clean white curtains on instagram.

It does remind me of those home repair shows where they make 200hrs of labor look like 10hrs and everything is easy and fun. I feel like this probably leads to people buying buses gutting them and getting burned out. Which is fine by me.. I bought my bus gutted and I am grateful not to have had to do all that grunt work.
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Old 12-06-2019, 12:25 PM   #4
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I didn't go with spray foam, it's known to off gas especially if not done right, mixed right, and in the right temp range.


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Old 12-06-2019, 01:50 PM   #5
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I didn't go with spray foam, it's known to off gas especially if not done right, mixed right, and in the right temp range.


One negative story out of millions of applications with absolutely no issues.
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Old 12-06-2019, 03:02 PM   #6
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One negative story out of millions of applications with absolutely no issues.
More than 1 home owners complaining about it and 2 different videos....
So hardy just one negative.
But hey do what you want, don't let me get in your way and try not to feel like your toes are being stepped on because not everyone thinks it's wise.
Wonder how many are having problems and just don't realize the cause of it, one can do a search and find even more than what I posted about it if they cared to look.
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Old 12-06-2019, 04:40 PM   #7
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I think they sprayed that stuff like a foot thick in the cold.

That video pops up on here every couple years. No need to panic its super outdated nowadays.
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Old 12-06-2019, 04:51 PM   #8
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More than 1 home owners complaining about it and 2 different videos....
So hardy just one negative.
But hey do what you want, don't let me get in your way and try not to feel like your toes are being stepped on because not everyone thinks it's wise.
Wonder how many are having problems and just don't realize the cause of it, one can do a search and find even more than what I posted about it if they cared to look.
Well, 2 cases in 1000000, that certainly tips the scales, I'll never use the stuff.
There are always going to be stories about things that didn't go as planned. In this case it was improper installation. You should always base your decisions on the results from people doing it incorrectly. Not living my life that way.
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Pretty sure every thread about insulation here emphasizes how important temperature and proper curing is. And recommends seeking a pro if possible.

I mean of course people can try recycled blue jeans or whatever

but for me, long as we know the issue, getting a very well-insulated home is important enough to work the odds and do it right.

And yes, Dow 2-part for gap filling rather than Great Stuff.

The other key once the space is very well sealed up is plenty of controlled ventilation, and other humidity control methods.
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