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Old 08-31-2020, 12:02 PM   #541
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Hey everyone

Still working on the cabinets in the galley, this time focusing on the sink and countertop.

From the pics below, the cabinet carcass has been assembled with drawer slides and it requires some paint and touch up to finish.

I was stalled on the countertop because I didnít know which way to go. I consider having someone make one for me, but all of the countertop manufacturers were three months or more behind. Construction of new homes in this area is on fire.

I have seen some of the epoxy work my son does on surfboards. Iíve seen him blend some colors together and what he creates looks like marble. My son looked at the countertop and thought he could create something unique.

So I reconstructed a new counter top to duplicate exactly the original and dropped it off at my sons shop so he can work his magic. Iíll move on to other things while Iím waiting.

Before the carcass of the sink cabinet can be installed, an outlet needs to be installed, gas line needs to be run for the cook top, plumbing needs to be completed and drains installed. This is a very busy piece of real estate. I am using every opportunity to install additional insulation on interior skins where it can be hidden out of sight.

For those interested to cabinet construction, I am using Krieg pocket screw joinery almost exclusively. I have lots of experience working with other more complicated methods, but I wanted to demonstrate how easy pocket screws are to use. With Krieg jigs and screws, anyone can make cabinets it is so simple.

Anyway Iím about half finished in the galley and probably have another two weeks of work to finish.

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Old 08-31-2020, 12:04 PM   #542
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Do sure pics loaded!
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Old 08-31-2020, 08:19 PM   #543
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Cabinet carcass? I've called it the cabinet framework. What ever you elect to call it, it is looking very fine. Better than a carcass laying beside the highway.

I have made countertops out of 3/4" plywood and simply glued a piece of laminate onto it. We gave though to Corian but the cost was 3x and the lead-time 3x. Heck with it.

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Old 09-01-2020, 11:24 AM   #544
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David

You installed a catalytic heater in one of your ASs and I was wondering what brand you bought and whether youíre happy with it?

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Old 09-03-2020, 08:33 PM   #545
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Hi Bill: My Overlander was from Louisiana and came with a catalytic heater. They are very efficient, converts propane to heat chemically with a some water vapor as the only emission. There is no fan to distribute the heat, and there is no thermostat. Only a low, medium and high adjustment. It is also sensitive to dust so a guy has to keep the cover on it lest it looses some efficiently.

Mine is a Olympic 8000 BTU unit. It is like sitting in front of a fireplace (again, there is no flame or combustion with the thing, but it puts out heat.) It will warm the trailer on a 40 degree night. Folks use them a supplemental heat for a room in the house. It is not appropriate for winter camping. Mine is mounted on the cabinet by the entry door.

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Old 09-03-2020, 09:07 PM   #546
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David, ALL Catalytic heaters do in fact use a platinum based catalyst to burn a fuel such as propane at a very low temperature. They ALL do in fact consume oxygen. Modern ones have an oxygen depletion sensor that will safely shut them off if the oxygen percentage in the air near the heater gets too low for safety. There is no flame, but combustion is taking place, defined as fuel and oxygen combining to produce heat.

Sufficient ventilation with the use of a catalytic heater is vital to life. Just because you done see a large flame does not mean that combustion is not taking place.

Look it up if you donít believe me. And keep a window cracked open for air when using one. If your heater doesnít not have a low oxygen shutoff safety valve, Iíd STRONGLY suggest getting a safer modern unit.
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Old 09-13-2020, 08:11 AM   #547
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Hey everyone

Progress on Faith has been slow. You can see from the pics below the only thing added is the cabinet carcass for the galley.

Iíve completed 11 of my 45 radiation treatments for prostate cancer and on Friday I had surgery on my knee. So not much getting done. I was hoping to have Faith useable by the end of October for a planned trip to North Georgia the first week in November which may be difficult to do given my current speed.

With the down time, it has given me the opportunity to plan out the living area which I plan on building in. The only thing I am undecided about is whether to retain the credenza that stretches across the front that has all the tambour doors in it. I had been thinking about retaining some of the feel of 70s. But the piece is difficult to paint and the tambour cloth in rough condition. Still not sure but leaning away from using it.
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wcronin4 stay strong, keep the faith. On the tambour note, I have done a bit (well quite a bit) of work on the tabours in my '72. If you decide to keep them (I love them), this might help. First of all a good quality glue. I tried spray adhesive the first time and many of the repairs let loose after winter (down to -40). For the redo on repairs I have used contact cement. The other thing to use is a sturdy cotton backing fabric as backer for the slats; I used a new drop cloth. I cleaned all of the tracks so that the tambours move as smoothly as possible. It is quite a satisfying fix and while your credenza is out it will be easy to get at.
Good luck on all of your challenges,
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Old 09-13-2020, 11:47 AM   #549
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I've found that Tambour is kind of nice where a door might swing open
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Hi Bill: Wishing you a speedy recovery. I have found growing old is for the birds! I guess it is what we signed up for.

I think Tambour was a great idea in the 70s; low cost, light weight and nifty. But I don't believe it is the most durable of solutions. The tambour that runs vertically is usually in better shape than ones that run horizontally. I have found the actually spacing between the guide channels is critical, from the spiral all the way to the end of the travel. If there is an out of parallel condition due to a sagging countertop or something, the tambour will stick. And same with dirt in the tracks. And same with warn fabric backing jamming up in the tracks. Once these are repair, the tambour is a nifty solution. We painted ours and so far, so good.

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Please note that growing old beats the heck out of the alternative...speedy recovery is often a good thing!

Iím barely recovered from a badly broken ankle at age 70+. First time Iíve broken anything...
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Old 09-15-2020, 06:12 AM   #552
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There is a lot to be said about waking up on the green side of the sod.

Hope youíre recovered from your ankle break without serious repercussions. Iím looking forward to getting back to work on Faith.
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Old 10-02-2020, 11:42 AM   #553
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Things have really slowed down in the galley with lots of detail work. Finished making the five drawers and preparing to paint them.

Still waiting on my countertop. Next will be constructing a built in couch/chairs.
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Old 10-02-2020, 07:24 PM   #554
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Making drawers is no piece of cake. They are easier if you have a well equipped cabinet shop. Yours look good all stacked up there. Almost done.

Glad you're feeling better and Faith is getting some of your attention. I haven't done any Airstream work in a month. Oh well.

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Old 10-20-2020, 03:43 PM   #555
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Hey everyone

Quick update. Decided to save the credenza in the very front. Glad I did. Repainted, it retains some of the vintage feel.
My son put a marble epoxy finish on the galley countertop I made following the pattern of the original. With updated faucet and new cooktop, the galley is moving closer to completion. Still have to make a piece of trim on end of countertop and finish hooking up the plumbing.
Installed the microwave and door facing for the fridge.
Ordered flooring and tomorrow I start constructing a custom made couch.
Coming to the end of my ra

ďScotty, I need more power.Ē
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Old 10-20-2020, 07:56 PM   #556
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Didnít finish my last post. Nearly done with 45 radiation treatments. While it hasnít prevented me from working on Faith, it has limited my time. Was hoping to have it ďuseable ď by Nov 9 for a planned trip to N Georgia, but Iím not going to make it. Will have to use our other rig.

Coming up on two years this December since I purchased Faith. It is finally starting to come together.
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Old 10-20-2020, 08:10 PM   #557
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Sure looks like you have been working on Faith a lot. Those galley cabinets look great, especially all those drawers. Very time consuming. The trailer looks light and airy with the white cabinets in my view. You're going to love traveling with it.

I sure hope your treatments have been successful. You can make your trip to the Georgia hills and pines a bit later.

Get well and be well.

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Old 10-21-2020, 12:29 AM   #558
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Old 10-25-2020, 08:11 PM   #559
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Hey everyone

Ive spent the last two days installing a new ďSeeLevelĒ tank monitoring system. Colorado Dave put me on to it. It is slick, easy to install and very accurate.

I had to tear my tank compartments apart, which was time consuming on my back, but the sensors were easy to install.

Word of advise. Read instructions thoroughly. I half looked at them and the redoing took extra time.

But I highly recommend!!
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Are you using the Sealevel sensors with the original gauges or a new set of Sealevel gauges as well?
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