(This was MY mistake - they did send enough of the sealant foam!) After yesterday's prep work, today was the serious business of cutting more holes into Redford. Plenty more humming and hawing went on trying to decide where to place the holes/window precisely. The part requiring consideration was trying to work from the inside relative to how it would appear on the outside. None of the lines are parallel so I decided to work with being square to the cargo door window. I also needed to practice using a tool (air nibbler) that I had never used before. To do this I drew an outline of the smaller window into the space of the large window. That way I could practice cutting with the nibbler in metal I knew was going to be cut out anyways. It was interesting. For cutting the openings I would prefer to just use a jigsaw but it wasn't so easy in certain places because the large van ribs were obstacles to the jigsaw, hence the nibbler had to be used for the small window opening. In the end all the cuts worked out well enough. After some fine grinding with the Dremel to clean up the edges (to prevent water penetration routes) the raw metal was primed. After dinner Angela came to help me hold the windows in place as I screwed in the retraining frames. I applied the sealing foam strip on the first window and in it went - no problem! But... I then realized that they had not sent me enough of the foam strip sealer to do all of the windows. UGH! So the small window is in but there are two rather large 37"x25" gaping holes in the sides of Redford with no windows in place. I contacted the company to let them know my dilemma and I'll see what they say tomorrow. In the meantime (even though the van is not drivable) I can start working on the subfloor tomorrow. I also heard back from the tank manufacturer. The price quotes for the tanks are coming in higher than I budgeted by 25% but that is easily manageable overall so I'll get them to go ahead with production.
5/16/2021 05:06:46 pm
Did you forget the cost for renos is always 30% above what is estimated 🤨
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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.