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DEATH TO SCREWS
After three days off due to crappy weather and me (Sarah) getting a cold, we finally got back to work on the bus today! Unfortunately, we had to pick up where we left off, unscrewing until our arms turned into jello. If you read our last update, you know we finally gave up on the drill and started grinding the screws down after hours of being unable to get them unstuck. Grinding was definitely working, but it was making our metal ceiling sheets look terrible and we had been hoping to re-use them. (More on that in a few minutes!) Online, I read that squirting a little WD-40 and hammering the screws might help to loosen them up enough to drill them out, so we brought along a small bottle of WD-40 and a hammer and gave it a shot. Henry was using the drill, so I grabbed a screwdriver to see if the “loosened up” screw would budge and to my surprise, IT DID! Just as I was about to proclaim “THIS WD-40 IS MAGICAL!” I thought, “this screwdriver fits into the screw so much better than that stupid drill.” I mentioned it to Henry and he said “yeah, well that drill bit sucks.”
What? It does? WHY DOES IT SUCK? IS THAT OUR PROBLEM?!
THAT WAS OUR PROBLEM.
As soon as I switched out the drill bit, the screws started coming out! A few of them were stubborn and had to be grinded down, but we got SO MANY screws out with the drill today! I probably shouldn’t admit how simple the solution was, since it makes us look pretty stupid, but hey, I told you guys we don’t know what we’re doing. Now you have proof!
One of these bits is awesome. One of them SUCKS. Can you tell which is which?
After unscrewing most of the rest of the screws and grinding a few down, almost all of the metal ceiling was down, leaving just the old insulation. Most of the insulation looks clean and dry, but in a few spots, it’s black and gross looking, which tells us the roof isn’t fully sealed. Once we get all this old insulation out, we’ll have to figure out where it’s leaking and make sure it’s sealed up tight before we put the new insulation and ceiling in.
Which brings me back to the should-we or shouldn’t-we reuse the metal ceiling question. We originally planned on putting the panels back up and painting them. I like the look of the metal and thought it could look kinda retro-cool if we kept it. After a little more research, though, I think we’ve changed our minds and decided on a wood plank ceiling. There are a couple of reasons why :
1. Once all our framing is up (for the bunk beds, cabinets, closet, etc.) it’ll be impossible to put the metal ceiling back up without cutting it. Who the hell wants to cut a metal sheet?! Sounds like a royal pain in the ass. Wood planks, on the other hand, are easy to cut and would match the wooden framing.
2. Metal will be freezing in the winter and hot as hell in the summer, even with a layer of insulation behind it. Wood would stay a pretty constant temperature.
3. It’s super easy to paint and won’t scratch as easily as painted metal.
So, it looks like we’re going with a wood-plank ceiling. Keep checking back to see how it goes!
That’s about it for today. Sorry for another uneventful update. Who knew screwing could be so boring?!(I’ll never get sick of screw puns!)
This is what grinding does to the metal ceiling panels … NOT pretty!
And this is what the insulation looks like! Pretty decent shape, considering this is an almost-20 year old bus!
Something I’m really not looking forward to … electrical work!
What the kids were doing today while Henry and I screwed (PUNS FOR DAYS!) … skateboarding …
… and stick fighting …
See you tomorrow!