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Old 05-28-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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Does it get any easier?!

Hi,

My goal is to complete a partial shell-on rear/bath floor replacement myself (with minimal help from my husband). While I'm a handy sort of gal, every time I remove something, (toilet, black tank, shower pan, etc) another thing pops up that needs fixing!!

I'm only a few months in (fixing on the weekends) but is this the nature of the beast? Will any project ever be EASY!?

Honestly, I know the answer to this question(s) and just needed to vent after spending 2 hours cranking on the rusty bolt/clamp assembly holding my black tank to the dump drain. (Wouldn't have known to look through the storage compartment to find the rusty old bolt w/o the forum.)

Anyway, I'm learning tons and have gotten "unstuck" several times using the experience here on the forums, so a big "Thanks!" to everyone for posting your projects!

Happy Memorial Day!
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:59 PM   #2
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I KNOW the feeling!

Just got done pulling the aluminum channel out of my 1975 rear bath so it can be welded back together. It was in 3 distinct pieces. The steel angle that is "supposed" to be holding everything together isn't there, or maybe that was that pile of rust I vacuumed up. I also have a cracked black tank and part of a missing tank frame to deal with. THEN just as I thought I was gaining on it, a storm comes rolling through and I have a leak in the front end, which I THOUGHT I had fixed.

Misery loves company...wanna beer.

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Old 05-28-2012, 05:58 PM   #3
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Do not know how old you are, but at a certain age no project is easy in an Airstream. Try just bending down in the bathroom to pick up something that rolled into a corner. Have not done a job yet where I could get in a comfortable position with both hands on the work.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:58 PM   #4
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Yup, that about sums it up. Every time I say, ok now we can do such and such, Chris says yes we can but we have to do this and that and this other thing first to get Ready to do such and such. Drives me crazy!!! So many flipping steps!
BTW, try WD 40 or penetrating oil on rusty bolts and nuts, let it soak for awhile, then crank away. May help.

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Old 05-28-2012, 07:12 PM   #5
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Aaron: DOH! Adding "repair steel angle" to the list, mine just crumbled into dust. Definately adding "buy a 6 pack of beer" to the list now!

Bill: I feel your pain. I'm still spry but at 5'10" I'd need gumby arms and legs to fit comfortably in this bathroom space.

Minno/Kay: WD40 and a good wrench for additional leverage on the socket driver did the trick! I keep thinking, one day there will be no more steps, and I'll just be done. But I may be delusional.

I shouldn't complain. This is something I have always wanted to do. I guess I should be more careful what I wish for!
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Old 05-28-2012, 07:19 PM   #6
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I am past the half century mark...

I solved the lack of flexibility problem by gutting the entire interior! However I do still have to crawl around on the ground with the fire ants to get under the durned thing. Next time I am putting a truck hoist in first. We are about 2 years out on a new garage/shop that will be capable of holding the Queen of the Silver Dollar, hopefully I will be done with it before then. However brilliant me has another one plus several vintage vehicles that need to be restored.

BTW I prefer PB Blaster to WD 40...works faster, there is also a product called Aero Kroil made by Kano Labs that is good too. I am out of it at the moment, however I can buy PB at the local emporiums.

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Old 05-28-2012, 07:19 PM   #7
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Been there and done that. That's why I'm on my second remodel. This time I am doing a shell off. Even that has it complications. Good luck, just think of it as a new surprise and a chance to lean something new
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:13 PM   #8
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another one of those "continuous" projects that will make you proud ... as you near completion ...
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I'm a handy gal myself and save the hubby for heavy lifting! For me the pleasure is in the journey, learning new skills and in the end saying "I did that!".

And buying new tools

Parroting Marzboy... "You're eating an elephant sandwich, small bites and deep breaths". You can do it!
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It feels great to get each little project done though!
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