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TAKING OUT THE BUS SEATS!
The weather finally cooperated with us and we were able to get to work on the bus today! First step? Taking out all the bus seats! Each seat is bolted to the floor and to a metal bracket on the inside wall of the bus. The bolts in the floor are the hardest to remove because somebody has to crawl under the bus and hold the nut with a wrench while a second person is inside the bus with a ratchet, turning the bolt. In states where rust is a problem, it’s even harder to deal with these floor bolts, because the bolts and nuts have rusted together so much. Since it can be such a pain, most skoolie converters use an angle grinder and cut the bolt head off instead of trying to turn it. This was our plan until we got to the bus and realized our extension cords weren’t long enough to reach from the bus to the nearest power source. Whoopsie! Since we were there already and didn’t feel like driving to Home Depot to buy another extension cord, we tried turning the bolts with a ratchet and to our surprise, they came right out with NO struggle at all! It was so easy, our kids took turns with the ratchet while Henry held on underneath the bus. Even our five year old took turns and within a few hours, half of the seats were completely out! (To see THE CUTEST VIDEO EVER of my kid using the ratchet, jump over to my Facebook or Instagram page!) Since we got a late start today and didn’t have a light, we called it quits at sunset, but we should have the rest of the seats out within a couple of hours tomorrow morning. How exciting is that?! I’m so glad we didn’t have to cut through the bolts with an angle grinder. That looked so, so difficult. Yay for happy accidents!
Tomorrow our plan is to remove the rest of the seats and then pry up the rubber floor to see what’s underneath. I have a feeling it’s 100% rotted, disgusting plywood. Gross. That should be fun to get rid of (not!) After the floor is up, we’ll have to patch all the bolt holes (and any rusty spots) and put a sealant down. FUN FUN FUN! Check back tomorrow to see how it goes!
A few thoughts from today …
1. I never knew I could love something covered in dirt and grime and filth SO MUCH. (Well, except for my 9 year old who showers once a month, if I beg him.) I can’t wait to turn this bus into a home!
2. I freakin’ LOVE watching my kids use tools! I remember my dad building things when I was little and I always loved handing him the tools he needed. I never really learned how to use them, though. My kids learning this stuff and literally helping us build our home from scratch makes me so incredibly happy.
3. I’m so lucky to have such a supportive husband who always has faith in me and my crazy ideas. I love how he throws himself into every plan we make and always does the hardest jobs without a single complaint. He was crawling around under the bus today, in the mud, with spiders and bugs all over the him, while I was there taking pictures and posting updates on Instagram, and I’m sure he never once flipped me off behind my back.
4. As much as I complain about Texas, today Texas made my life easier. No rust, no snow, no insanely cold winter weather. Thanks, Texas! Today we were friends.
5. I don’t really have a 5th thought, but I couldn’t stop at 4. Hey, I guess that’s a thought! So there you go.
Some pictures of the kiddos helping us out today … (video coming soon!)
Rox and Kai were SO ready to grind those bolts down! They had protective gear and everything!
FIRST SEAT OUT! WOOHOO!