There's a heatwave! Tonight it's 27°C in the bedroom - by Thursday it's supposed to be in the high 30s. It is very warm in the barn but the MaxxAir fans certainly help keep the air moving in the van. I continue to work on electrical and there are times when I need to turn the master battery connect to "off" and I can certainly feel the difference inside Redford. I finished installing the floor supports (2x6 in the dinette area and 2x4 in the kitchen and front areas) this week and we're glad we went with 2x4 supports which result in extra headroom (thanks to Greg for pushing that!)
Today was one of those days when installing one outlet took almost two hours. I had cut out a hole in the bench face for an outlet (ostensibly to plug in a heating pad if we ever get really cold when camping) only to find the electrical box I had planned on was much too small to fit a GFCI receptacle into it (the reason for the GFCI is that the circuit continues to the passenger side and will be near the kitchen sink.) Result? I had to find another box (this one was a plastic one from "inventory"). I had recut the opening, installed the box, measured and cut the wire, wired up the receptacle, and was screwing in the last screw to attach the receptacle to the box... SNAP! The screw broke. NOOOOO! The receptacle wasn't even secured yet! I was swearing again (like when the awning became detached.) Of course it broke off flush with the box lip. I spent the next 45 minutes trying to get the broken piece out of the box. I had to use an oscillating saw to trim 3/32" from the box to expose part of the screw and then use pliers to take the screw out 1/16 of a turn at a time. In the end - success! Of course then I had to spend time trying to find a suitable replacement screw - sigh!
Some new learning for me is around 12V systems. Tonight I spent time figuring out how to wire in an illuminated switch for the bathroom heater and fan. That worked out in the end as well but only after some experimentation. While I was doing all of this there's a little voice in the back of my head - "Don't start an electrical fire!" Tonight I'm going to order a couple of ABC fire extinguishers and have them in the van. One at the front and one by the rear doors.
Calvin here - after spending almost 33 years in education as a high school teacher, elementary teacher, and elementary administrator, it was time to retire! I did so happily and with no regrets; it was a terrific and fulfilling career. I do enjoy building projects as the design and building process is very therapeutic and you see a completed functional product in the end. Now to combine the build with another of Angela's and my passions - travel - is something we're really looking forward to.