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Old 02-24-2013, 05:13 PM   #741
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Did you instal a rear bumper compartment? Looks nice and so does the outdoor sink setup!
My '63 came with the rear hatch, there is not much room in there but it is the largest outside storage in the entire trailer.

The sink concept was approved for production by Mrs HiHo.

Today I almost completed the sink frame, just a few more details then I'll post some photos. I am coating all of the wood with epoxy, then putting on laminate to match the interior.

This is the 5th wettest winter on record and everything outside is just down-right squishy. I've been avoiding interior work simply because entering/exiting slops up the interior.

Yesterday I made new springs that open the poot fan lid...It's done.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:30 PM   #742
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One expensive box of trouble...

Me and plumbing don't see eye to eye...
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:29 PM   #743
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We have a huge box of leftovers. I think my DH bought everything he thought he might use & has over half of it left! I should have shipped it to you!
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:06 PM   #744
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We have a huge box of leftovers. I think my DH bought everything he thought he might use & has over half of it left! I should have shipped it to you!
Hi Becky,

If you're looking to get rid of any pex fittings we'll be needing some very soon! We just put our subfloor in and still have to do wiring, insulate and reinstall walls, but after that we'll be ready for some fun times ahead with plumbing (our least favorite part too). Let me know if you're interested in selling it!

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Old 02-28-2013, 08:27 AM   #745
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I actually found the plumbing to be quite enjoyable using PEX. It makes everything so quick and easy, it only took a couple of hours to plumb the entire trailer. The planning actually takes longer than the physical work.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:08 PM   #746
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... The planning actually takes longer than the physical work.
Tonight I stood and stared at the plumbing...I call that planning, I tried calling it physical work but was too tired.

I also did a count based on my staring...I also bought 2x what i needed except for those items i didn't order at all.

question...is it 'stared' or 'staired' or 'stayerd'?
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:12 PM   #747
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I'm sure it's stared, as I've done it many times!
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Old 03-01-2013, 03:36 PM   #748
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Tonight I stood and stared at the plumbing...I call that planning, I tried calling it physical work but was too tired.

I also did a count based on my staring...I also bought 2x what i needed except for those items i didn't order at all.

question...is it 'stared' or 'staired' or 'stayerd'?
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I'm pretty sure it's all of the above. Or none of the above?

No matter what, in my book it all counts as "planning." And if you didn't buy 2X what you actually needed based on some SWAG, then it would be poor planning indeed.

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I'm sure it's stared, as I've done it many times!
It all counts as planning, but I should specify, it really should involve some adult beverages. As I learned as a young undergraduate studying engineering at a major university, adult beverages are the only substance that can provide adequate spatial relationship understanding.

Or... something...

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Old 03-01-2013, 06:36 PM   #749
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question...is it 'stared' or 'staired' or 'stayerd'?
I think depends on your accent, stayerd sounds about right if you're from east Texas!
Just kidding.
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:30 PM   #750
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Not that this true story helps on getting the quantity correct during the planning of a project (plumbing or otherwise) but it does serve to illustrate a point about spelling and pronunciation.

I grew up in Cleveland, TN in the foothills of the Appalachians. In the first grade, I missed the spelling of the word wash by spelling it warsh. I argued with my teacher by saying, "that's the way it sounds, W A R S H when you say it!" She was not impressed and said that we may pronounce the word with an r, but that doesn't change the spelling. At 63, I'm still not much of a speller. Thankfully, there's spell check. Sometimes, I pick the wrong word among the spell check choices because it looks right to me! The only problem is the wrong word may completely change the meaning of the sentence.

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Old 03-02-2013, 05:12 PM   #751
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The rule is: you get 3 trips to the hardware store for forgotten or wrong items for each project you're working on. If it's something in the Airstream you get 6. For plumbing, buy about double the number of fittings you think you'll need. You can always return them.... Don't ask us how we know!

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Old 03-02-2013, 05:42 PM   #752
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Today was not too much staryin', it was plumbin'...

I do like the ease of PEX, I was able to plumb all of the trailer without getting crimped into a corner. 2 small leaks in the cold side, the street side water inlet didn't seal very well with the swivel pex - NPT fitting. That leak was solved by using a non-swivel fitting.

The second leak was the same thing, pex swivel to the 50 year old tub faucet didn't want to seal. I made a flat rubber washer and that problem is now fixed. I do need to rebuild the faucet because it drips.

I have not hooked up the hot side because, well yes, I need to run to the store and get a street 1/2" npt 90 degree for the water heater outlet.

Oh, swivel PEX won't attach to a Thetford toilet, the fitting has a protrusion that keeps the pex fitting from reaching the threads.

Of course...the mandatory running water photo...
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Looks like you have plumbing mastered!
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:24 PM   #754
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Looks like you have plumbing mastered!
No way. I've been doin' plumbing for 30 years and it has an evil sense of humor...it allows me some level of success only to lull me into a false sense of accomplishment...

Then it sprays sewer water in my face and laughs. It's truly evil...

Of course I could be reading too much into this...
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Me thinks there's something in the water!

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Looks to me like you are doing a great job!
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:41 PM   #757
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Evil plumbin' zombies came to life today! All I needed was a brass 90 degree elbow for the water heater inlet, a simple $8 at Home Depot and that should be fixed, right?

Well, the outlet sprayed water in my face.

I have not had ANY luck with the silly PEX swivel pipe fittings that use the rubber seal. I lied, 2 of them on the water pump have not leaked. It seems like a great idea to have the ability to spin loose the fitting but in reality, the solid brass npt to PEX stuff works, the other stuff is junk...IMHO

Back to Home Depot for visit #3.
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Todays update...
I skipped HomeDepot and went to a small hardware store in Vicksburg. The staff greeted (grabbed) me at the door, snatched my 50 year old faucet inserts and ran off. 10 minutes later I had my brass 90 degree fitting and 2 REBUILT faucet inserts handed back to me for $10.14

To top it off, my local water company must have injected Holy Water into the system today. This evening when I installed the new fittings and turned on the water, all of the evil leak demons had been exorcised. No Leaks! well, except the toilet valve, that's not an Evil Leak Demon, just a crappy leak...
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Whoa! That does count as a good day! I have a hardware store that I love, it's twice as far as my big box stores but I often end up there. I think the average employee is mid sixties and there isn't anything they haven't seen. Plus they sell fishing bait. Priceless.
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Wow, sorry to to hear you had such bad luck with the swivel fittings. Mine worked with no problems, it was actually a couple of Ts that gave me the most unexpected showers... errr... challenges!

For reference, which brand swivel fittings were you using? I'll be sure to stay away in the future.

Local hardware stores are the best. I just moved a little further out from the city center about a year ago, and upgraded hardware stores significantly. The True Value store by my old place was hit or miss, but the Ace close to me now is a winner.
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