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Old 06-27-2012, 07:35 PM   #71
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[QUOTE=REDNAX.

The dirty stuff is satisfying when done (we can make it easier to clean in the future by the way we modify it).

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CarrieSue, in keepingwith the above advice, if you have the funds I'd change out the toilet to a new porcelain one. Especially if you are going to be living in the trailer five days a week. The old plastic one may have lost some of it's gloss and may stain easily, water stains, I mean. The flush mechanism may be old and brittle as well. Anyway I'm not sure how much a new throne costs but if they are reasonable I would do it.

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Old 06-28-2012, 12:06 AM   #72
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Some talented types around here as you know . . so get'em all cloned, willya?.
My wife won't allow any of us clones to go to Oregon; she wants all 6 clones for herself. We never know when we have to replace a toilet.

We'd like a ceramic toilet too, but although they feel right and substantial, they add weight to the trailer and the space they are in is no bigger.

As for cameras, iPhoto makes anyone a good photographer (well, I do love the Canon we got).

So, CarrieSue, now you have to put it back in. I don't know what kind of seal RV toilets use, but for residential use toilets use a bees' wax seal. If that was the type for your toilet—you'll know, it is made of wax—get a new one at anywhere with plumbing stuff. Buy the best one, they only cost around $3 or $4. The cheap ones are around $2, but the better ones combine with a rubber seal. Bees' wax sticks to anything and flexs with the toilet; don't get a seal made of only rubber. But maybe RV toilets are different—I'll be waiting to find out when you install yours.

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Old 06-28-2012, 12:53 AM   #73
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Hi, Gene. My toilet has a brand specific rubber seal. The seal is made to fit the bottom of the toilet. The pipe is basically the same as a house, but each toilet is different on the bottom. I think trailers might get too hot for a wax seal, but I could be wrong about that.
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:15 AM   #74
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CarrieSue, Take a picture of the bottom of your toilet and pull a tape measure across it so I can see where seal sits and how wide it is. I'd like to see the flange as well with some measurments if you can.

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Old 06-28-2012, 05:18 AM   #75
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Bob, you are probably right that the RV toilet seal is rubber.

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Old 06-28-2012, 09:56 PM   #76
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Several glamour shots for you gents. The toilet just has a rubber seal -- I am familiar with the beeswax kind and that is definitely not present here. There's an easily removable rubber seal (in the ziplock bag -- what I'll take with me to make sure I get the correct replacement -- while this one actually seems like it's in fine shape, as do the bolts, I'm going to replace them both to be safe).

I agree that the porcelain toilets are a good bet for the money, Dan, but it's not a must-do, and it will be fairly easy to replace in the future, so I am going to wait at least til next summer. Otherwise I am afraid I will get to the end of the summer with no more $$$ and --whoops-- no new furnace.

I am going to give the water heater a run for her money and see if that's a must to replace this year, or if I can wait til next summer. That would certainly free up some money, but I am skeptical that I'll actually end up being able to wait on it.

P.S. Epoxy is down, that stuff does not mess around. I feel really good about using it, and I have enough unmixed left to apply inside the trunk and inside the water heater and furnace compartments. There's more of a musty smell than actual rot in those places, but the epoxy kills those microorganisms, and thus, I hope, the smell too.
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:36 PM   #77
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CarrieSue, great pics. I would replace the foam gasket as it may have compressed over the years. I'd replace the bolts too. Try to get brass ones. You can get any of this at any good RV or marine supply.
Is your water heater tank watertight? If so it probably has a standing pilot set-up with a thermocouple and an element for the electric side. If the tank is sound I think the other parts may be inexpensive to replace. If you have a permanent elec hookup you can run off of that and not worry about the propane. Was the epoxy difficult to work with? I'm thinking about cure time.
Epoxy is amazing material. I have a kayak that is about 18' long and largely made from epoxy and kevlar. It weighs 26lbs and is very, very stong.

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CarrieSue,
My son is Stuart and he will be junior too. (the other son will be a freshman this next year) We went to the staff page of the high school website and he still did not know who you were. He is a computer type kid and does not do art stuff!
I work for Silverton Together and teach Parent Ed classes, part of my job is to teach the young parents at the high school in Helen's class.
I"m looking forward to showing off our AS when you get back in the fall. We will have to have Show and Tell party!
I just put in new flooring in mine and I'm in the process of making new curtains. I also made the accordion door for the bath! I'm very pleased on how it turned out.
Good luck getting everything all done. It looks to be a very large undertaking.
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Sometimes small projects are important to keep a person from feeling overwhelmed by gigantic projects.

When I was in middle school I wrote a poem titled "Stairs." It must have been really great because I still remember it:

Reach the top never,
struggle on forever,
panic-stricken heart beat
burning in the night heat,
terror screams as no one dares
to try to reach the top...
...of stairs.


So obviously stairs are pretty important to me. Also, I like tools, and in stripping the rust from these bad boys I learned to use my stepdad's (aka LFA, the tool-handiest man I know) angle grinder. Boy did it do the job. A few coats of Rustoleum later, not too shabby, eh? Of course I'm not actually done until I get the grippy strips down, but still. Progress.

P.S. It's been very hot of late and I've been waiting to get a good stretch of free hours below 80 degrees to do my floors -- looks like tomorrow morning's a winner. Fingers crossed.

P.P.S. Meredith -- I'll do my best to make a splash this year, but it's true they keep the art teachers in their own hall...
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So the damn floor is finally done, including caulking and trim. Whew! Not too shabby, eh?

I had planned to use a vinyl quarter round, which I purchased and spray painted, but when I started the cuts and mitres and looked at it, I just didn't like it that much. The paint was too black. Even though it was only 1/2", stuck out too far. My mitres weren't quite... perfect. Plus, especially in the front, the bottom couple inches of the wood panels were kinda scraggly looking, and the fresh trim made this more noticeable. So, I moved to a pre-adhesived cove base and never looked back. I wouldn't call the installation of the base flawless or without some technical and aesthetic challenges, but I think the result looks great.

It was nice to have that success to distract me while I scrubbed my toilet, inside and out, upside and down, with a toothbrush in the front yard...
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Hi, nice job. No wonder I haven't heard from you for a while, you've been busy.
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Good job. Did you use Colgate or Crest? Seriously, You'll be glad you pulled it and did the floor repair correctly. Now you can just reset it and not worry about trimming any floor material around it and you're sure the floor is sound underneath it.

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So the damn floor is finally done, including caulking and trim. Whew! Not too shabby, eh?
I have the same mix of emotions when I finish a big job—pride and I'm sick of the whole thing. I've been working on leaks and am sick of them and will feel really good when I get it solved.

Floor looks good. Is that rubber molding you used? I used some to get around a round corner and wood quarter round elsewhere. Perhaps the plastic quarter round reflects light differently and that's why it didn't look right—I prefer the wood version.

That toilet will be so pretty, you won't want to use it.

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A few little things-- I find it amazing that even with as much time as I've spent poking and prodding and cleaning nooks and crannies, there are things I keep finding that I hadn't noticed. Exhibit A: one thing you don't want to be original to your trailer, the smoke detector. It's an impressively well made and heavy detector, but here I think I'll take survival over aesthetics (such difficult choices one must make...)

My stepdad had a bottle of Back to Black in his shop, so I gave it a whirl on my battery boxes, which are very faded and dry looking. The results were impressive for about three hours, and then they looked about the same again. Not sure if I just need to apply many many layers, or if it's a lost cause. Anyone have experience spray painting these? Of course I'd like to get new ones but my trailer budget is getting tight, and that's kinda low on the priority list.

Finally getting going on the sewing part of the renovation, this striated gold will be the curtains in the front that wrap all the way around. I think I'll end up making two pairs of curtains, these for spring/summer, as they let in a lot of light and compress to take up very little space when open, and a lined & interlined set for winter. But one thing at a time, right?
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