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Old 08-12-2018, 07:44 PM   #1
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Rear bath & window

Goodbye huge clunky 70s rear bath window.

After removing all the rivets, the window still wouldn't come out. It seemed welded at the top. Found out that there was a thick line of what looked like gray Vulkem holding it in. Got it out with a heat gun and some leverage.

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Once it was out, it was easy to skin over the opening and fit a new, smaller window in its place. I mean, who needs a picture window in the bathroom? The narrow oval replacement came from under the window next to the outside entry door.

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Going to the inside, I added a short rib (with "up" on it) to the new exterior skin and insulated the space. I used FRP to skin the inside. It's reasonably stiff and will weather to the color of the other plastic in the bath. The short rib helps stiffen the whole FRP skin.

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Making a new bezel for the window required some experimentation and I'm not sure I'm done with it. I did four interlocking pieces of plastic printed on a 3D printer.

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Old 08-12-2018, 07:46 PM   #2
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Goodbye huge clunky 70s rear bath window.

After removing all the rivets, the window still wouldn't come out. It seemed welded at the top. Found out that there was a thick line of what looked like gray Vulkem holding it in. Got it out with a heat gun and some leverage.

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Once it was out, it was easy to skin over the opening and fit a new, smaller window in its place. I mean, who needs a picture window in the bathroom? The narrow oval replacement came from under the window next to the outside entry door.

Attachment 319713

Going to the inside, I added a short rib (with "up" on it) to the new exterior skin and insulated the space. I used FRP to skin the inside. It's reasonably stiff and will weather to the color of the other plastic in the bath. The short rib helps stiffen the whole FRP skin.

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Making a new bezel for the window required some experimentation and I'm not sure I'm done with it. I did four interlocking pieces of plastic printed on a 3D printer.

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I believe you just removed the emergency escape window.
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Old 08-12-2018, 07:47 PM   #3
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I've never really been happy with the medicine cabinet. The full length mirror was heavy and after 40 years really didn't operate very smoothly. I replaced the whole thing with a 3-compartment cabinet.

The doors are held closed with magnets (if you use magnets, you have to make sure there is a cushion between them. if the door slams shut and the magnets contact each other, they may fracture--they're actually ceramic).

I used Blum type hinges, which was a mistake, since the vertical edge of the doors was shorter than their widths. The Blums don't have a fine enough adjustment to get the doors exactly parallel. My jointer fixed that problem.

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The mirror in the center door is about 8" wide, which turns out to be plenty wide to shave or comb your hair.

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Old 08-12-2018, 07:51 PM   #4
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In the photos in my second post, the outside sunlight was so bright that you really can't see the bezel on the window. It's still there.

I don't feel like I've done much this year, but the bath has a new folding door, the beds have been changed from twins to a double, the eyebrow cabinet in the front is new, and the controller panel has been changed out and the controller is now digital.

Next year, for Burning Man, the gaucho will become a dinette and the kitchen cabinet will be changed to have drawers instead of the brown bins.

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I believe you just removed the emergency escape window.
No, the window over the bed is plenty big to use as an exit, plus you can actually open it (compared to that monster that was in the bath).

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That’s a very impressive quality job
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I met a couple this past weekend in White Bird, ID, traveling in their beautiful 1970 International with twin beds, rear bath. They let me see inside and I loved the bathroom in the back with its large window. They leave it open all the time for cross-ventilation.
Your workmanship is beautiful but (at least for me), ASs are all about the light - and so I am surprised you installed such a small, non-opening window.
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