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Old 10-08-2017, 07:58 AM   #57
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There are posts here regarding roll on methods i have done it!

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Old 10-09-2017, 06:17 PM   #58
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I have seen them, and might try it, but am really pretty comfortable with spray. I often spray when I woodwork, so that isn't hard for me. Getting pressure set and proper thickness for the paint is the tricky part. I'm going to try the gel coat as a learning experience.
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:27 PM   #59
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Had a little time yesterday and today. Mixed up some Bondo fiberglass filler. I was surprised by how it worked. I had never used it before, but seems to be a good thing to use for filling. I filled the windows that I am closing up and sanded to try and get the curves right. Took a couple of layers, but I think it is going to work. Next step will be to try the gel coat. Also washed the front to see how it would clean up, and I think it will work well. I am going to finish the door and then try it with the floor wax and see how it looks.

Also was able to get the start of the mount for the fan on the outside.
Glued down and some fiberglass around the outside. Will put more on tomorrow when I can get the clamps off.
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:35 PM   #60
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hot epoxy

Had something happen today that I have never had before. I mixed up a batch of epoxy when I was putting up the riser for the fan. I was spreading it, and then thought it would be better with a brush. Got a foam brush out of my paint supplies (the throw away kind) and used that to put it on. About 3 minutes into using the brush, I noticed steam like stuff coming off the place where I had used it. I went a little longer and noticed the epoxy in the container was hard. (open time is usually 30-40 min and I had only been working about 10) I took it down and threw it away, noticing that it too was steaming. I checked a little later in the trash and thought the heat might not be good in there. It was very hot to the touch, had melted the container bottom, but was solid now so could be taken out. Stayed hot for about an hour -- to hot to touch the outside of the plastic container I mixed in.

I don't think I messed up the ration (1:1) but maybe I did. Odd.
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Old 10-10-2017, 05:13 AM   #61
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You may have used too much hardener. But, Epoxy usually cures too quickly when it's mixed in a container where the exposed surface area is too small in relation to the volume - so that the heat of the reaction cannot be dissipated quickly enough. Mixing the epoxy on a flat surface (like a polyethylene plate or a wide shallow bowl) will give it much more surface area vs volume, and the heat will dissipate. It'll also give you a longer cure time.

There are those who recommend refrigerating the base and the catalyst before mixing it, but I don't care for that, since it changes the viscosity and makes it harder to mix.
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Old 10-10-2017, 07:51 AM   #62
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I may have messed up the ratio. The next batch worked just like always. same size mixing container, same size batch. I like the air temp mixing, don't think the cooling would be helpful for mixing. Guess it will be a good reminder to make sure I have everything right each time,
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Old 10-15-2017, 07:09 PM   #63
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We have been having a lot of rain, and a Grandchilds birthday party, so tonight was the first time back in a while. I worked on getting a few of the things done inside, fixing holes, etc. Also cut out the back bed so that I could make the larger water tank fit.

Then I spent some time getting the windows ready to go back in. The rear window had an air conditioner mounted in it, so the window will need the glass replaced. Took the window apart, and will replace the three part window with one single polycarbinate one.

Hopefully tomorrow will be a nice day, and I can finish the outside cleaning, and gel coat the repairs.
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Old 10-20-2017, 08:39 PM   #64
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Earlier in the week we had a lot of beautiful weather, so I was able to get some things worked on. Scrubbed the whole outside and cleaned everything up, sanded some of the spots that needed it, and I noticed that the water was pooling in front of the 2" build for the fan, so I started filling it with Bondo Glass to take care of that. Also multiple coats on the last of the fill ins, decided also to fill in one more hole next to the door. I think I will only need to have the one for the A/C that I will mount there. The heat will be electric, when plugged in, extra blankets when not. I think if I have most everything sealed well, it will stay warm enough during the late fall early spring when we do a little camping further south. I am still hoping to get out yet this year with it. But the weather will include rain this weekend, so need to be water tight soon.
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Old 10-20-2017, 08:54 PM   #65
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Worked a little on getting started thinking through the electrical. Will mount the two batteries in the front where the tow wires come in. I will have the connection box there, and then #10 wire to the converter. I will need to test all that yet, but plan on having a small exposed area with the various things I will need to monitor electrically. Also will have the converter in that area, and the shore power coming in under the sink. I plan on running the 120 romex around the back of the seats, in 2 lines. One will go the area for the A/C and little heater, the other for the microwave. Then I will have a circuit that will have the lights and outlets for 120. All the 12V stuff will be loose wire, that will help identify what is what.
I also started putting in the plumbing, by mounting the 30 gal tank and getting it set up for PEX fittings. Will do the blue/red lines and will connect in the city water with a shut off so I can fill from city water. I have mounted some 1 1/2" PVC so that I can fill if I need to. Moved this inside, so there is one less hole through the shell. I am trying to eliminate all the things through the shell I can, and using nuts and bolts for everything I have to connect, that way it there is a problem, I can remove, fix, and but new butyl tape down.
I also went ahead and mounted the back cabs, and fit a temp table/bed to see how it would work. Plan on making the real one next week.
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Old 10-20-2017, 08:59 PM   #66
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Today I spent a lot of time building up a couple of fill spots, and getting all the inside pieces filled in and smoothed out. I think I may be able to mount a couple of upper cabs before long. Also the lexan came for the rear window today, so will be cutting that and fitting and mounting it as well tomorrow.

Grandkids are here, so will have a trip to library and some "extra help" tomorrow, but should be a good day.
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Old 10-20-2017, 09:23 PM   #67
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where did you grab all the talent for this stuff?

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Old 10-20-2017, 10:19 PM   #68
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Growing up I was always able to take things apart, build things, work with tools. Throughout my school and college, I had every kind of job there was, and learned a lot by asking a lot of questions, and listening a lot to what was said. Found if I stayed on the sidelines and listened, I learned a lot more than when I talked. When someone was doing something, I would often go and help out. Especially when friends were working on something. I would often have things I could apply. When we got married, my wife encouraged me to buy the tools to fix it myself. Now I have all the tools I need, and can fix almost anything around the house. Don't know much about heating and A/C but everything else I'm okay with.
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Old 10-21-2017, 06:45 AM   #69
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Eric well that is pretty amazin to me. I had a friend who was a self taught electrician. He could also repair radios, the real slot-machines he knew how to rig them up. This stuff in the 30s!!

He could also repair cameras, he built houses here is how he would do that. In the winter him and his wife would do all the studding work on walls he could do and come summer up the house would go.

He also installed elevators oh one time his friend was building a huge animal feed mixing plant. The man got about 1/2 way through 3 electricains on the job. One day he called my friend to come over and look things over he finally asked Leo if he could do the work? Leo said he thought so next day the 3 electricians were gone and Leo was on the job. The 3 electricians spent all day argueing. Now Leo with his 3rd grade education could read those blueprints.

Leo was a valuable man to know he saved people countless money in his life!!

I admire you work

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Old 10-21-2017, 07:37 AM   #70
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eric you do know colleges are suffering now due to many things a big one expense. A person like you would be successful in any line of work and do great at it. My friend s son works for a large el. company his pay per hour 50bux. If he works Sat. 21/2 times. This doesn't include his fringes! The other son works on high lines like out in Ca. replacing all the stuff burned up his pay astounding they even pay to have his truck sent out there!


Proves up there is more than one way to skin a cat in life!!!


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