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Old 03-21-2011, 04:48 PM   #1
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One woman job

For those of you that have replaced the interior wall coverings...
Is it possible for one person to do so??
Everything I've done in Tillie has been with my two little hands, but now it seems I should turn into a spider, spitting sticky stuff and having eight legs to work with!
I really don't have additional helping hands so any tips you might have would be appreciated - thanks

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Old 03-21-2011, 04:55 PM   #2
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Boy, I hope so, as I probably won't have help either (could cause a marriage melt down).

What are you covering with???
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:08 PM   #3
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I'm using Flex Form - it's a rat fur kind of stuff.

As I painted the cabinets an almond color, I bought "doe" colored fuzz.
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:22 PM   #4
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Did you paint the actual fiberglass cabinets (or just the doors?) What did you use--how did you do it?

Sorry for picking your brain, but I'm getting ready to do the same! Don't forget your pictures! (If we were closer I'd loan you a pair of hands!!!)
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:41 PM   #5
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We lost all the pictures in the hack, but one person recarpeted a Casita. He built braces out of 2x4s and pieces of plywood. Supported the carpet snuggly to the roof area and across from side to side while the glue dried. It was a slow process, if I remember right, because he did it in chunks and waited for the glue to dry before moving to the next section. If you put glue on both the insulation and whatever you're using for wall covering... then wait until both get "tacky" it should grab and hold better than if totally wet. I've never done it, just having a "remembering moment."

On Edit: Here I found this topic for you, maybe it will help: carpet needs to go

I'll keep looking

Another Edit: Here's another topic that describes the braces: 86 Casita 16'

Oh Doh! I should have remembered it was Lanny Webb!
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Donna - thank you for the links! It's not an extra set of hands, but very good info for me, thanks again.

Vickie - I paint all of the fiberglass inside with Rustoleum spray for plastic.
Both front and back cabinets had at one time had speakers in them, so I was left with big holes. I had a lot of "body" work to do, so I had to paint. I didn't care much for the glaring white, so I just toned it down a bit.
The cabinets doors were WILD - gone now!! I built new ones and even changed the shape. Will try to get some pics on, hope it works.
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It's crazy what we do, you fill in your speaker holes and I will probably cut speaker holes.
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Vicki---you should be proud! That looks incredible! Did you cut those cabinet doors?? I love the uniqueness! WOW!

And I am thinking about cutting those holes into my overhead cabinets so I can get at the contents more easily!


I'm assuming you also painted the lower cabinets and closet? How do you think this will hold up? What kind of prep did you do?

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Vickie - the pic with the two doors is above the sink and stove and already had two holes.

The back O.H. I don't have a problem reaching into because of the step up. For the front I decided to get one of those small folding steps, easy to store and just the right 5-6 inches I needed! As for the doors, they are birch plywood. I traced the openings on sturdy cardboard, enlarged each direction an inch and cut away!

I liked the look of the oblong shape (only on the overheads), thought it gave Tillie a softer feel. As we say in Texas " no accounting some people's taste".

The painting took a long time. I used lacquer thinner to remove any wax, then sanded lightly, primed and painted. Lots of prep and slow going.....
I removed all of the benches,as they needed work too, so I did them separately. The front bench had been cut into two seats, as a po had put in an AC in front. They used part of the original seat then added particle board and 4x4's to finish. I kept what was left of the fiberglass and trashed the rest (must have been 40 lbs or junk! Decided it would be easier(?) to make new seats, so I did!! I don't think I have pics yet, but will when the "fur" is complete.
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Thanks for all the info! I tried to talk myself out of painting the cabinets, etc. But they have holes I'll want to patch and I don't know how to do that and make it look good (just the small holes from hinges, etc. I'm changing.)

Oh, well, no pain, no gain, right??
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Just a quick question wouldn't you want the "Ratfur" to go behind all those cabinets?? I think everything should be removed the furr installed then reinstall all the cabinets..Then again you may have done that area already and I just can't see it........................
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Randy,

Vicki has a Perris Pacer like me, and if it is like mine---the cabinets are glassed in, not screwed. This really throws an extra bit of work in removing them. Ick!
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Randy - Vicie is right, our cabinets etc, are glassed in. I wouldn't take the chance of tearing up the shell.

Vickie - thanks for jumping in
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No problem---BTW---you did a fantastic job on the reflectix installation---looks really nice! Wanna do mine for me????

Wish we were closer--we could redo Tillie and Bean together! Also, it's probably warmer in Texas!!! We lived in Killeen for awhile when my hubby was in the Army.
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