Thursday, August 28, 2008

The floor is complete...now what?



Last night I got finished with the floor and it looks very good, if I do say so myself! Even daddy thinks so! Thanks to Ava for scraping up me some tile from the Forest City Lowes.


Tonight my job is to shine the aluminum trim around the windows. I started last night but I needed something tougher to clean it with than I had. There is some tough stains on it that will require more than I had to give it last night.


Today I am off to Lowes in Morganton to get some screws to put the table brace back on the floor and see if they have some stainless ones for the wings. I am trying my best not to use any more nickle plated ones on the outside. In its next 40 years I hope to keep it as rust free as possible.


She still has no name, and no one has gave me any suggestions as of yet. Im not even sure she is a she. Ive looked under her but it don't have any kind of "parts" to distinguish her a female or a male. But she seems like a she to me, so that she will be!!!


Oh yes if you are in the market for some switch plate covers or receptical covers, Lowes is the place to be! The bright brass one on the wall in this picture I snatched up for a meer 9 cent. Yep thats right 9 copper heads! 9 whole pennies. WOW!!!
They have several styles to choose from (Morganton location).
This is a picture of the front, kitchen end. The light has been put in and is not just hanging there and it is ready for cabinets! The way it looks right now I could put some chairs in there stand up the table and have a small cramped party!!! WhooHooo!!! Party time!
The next big project is the building of the bed. I may tackle that on Saturday morning. I have a little bluegrass festival to goto on Saturday afternoon I am going to see Chatham County Line!! WhooHooo!!! They are gonna be at Redbone Willys in Vale NC if anyone is interested. They are soo GOOD!!!
Until the next post,
Gretchen

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Oh no! No more tile!!

I just went to Lowes to get more tile.....its a non-stock item now!!! They have no more in the Morganton store!!! I just bought it a week ago! Its pretty but I really didnt think there would be a run on it!! I checked stock in other stores and thank goodness for my Lowes Peeps! Ava at the Forest City store is going to pick me up a few more pieces that they have in stock. What would I do without my Lowes peeps! I have a 5 store circle of friends that I can count on in times like this. I guess having worked at Lowes for 10 years I did at least gain a few people that I can count on.

I am taking tonight off to go see a little bluegrass. I feel like I need a break from...she still dont have a name....although I wish I was up there working on her right now instead of where I am now. Dad is glad im taking the night off too. I think i mighta worked him a little harder than he wanted to be.

Until tomorrows post...
Gretchen

Monday, August 25, 2008

New floor on the way!



Tonight i worked a little bit on the new tile. I got all of the pieces down that do not have to be cut. I will let it "cure" a day or two before i start again. I really want to goto bluegrass night tomorrow and I could really use a day off.


Under the cabinets and under the bed (jack storage) I am using a commercial tile that can withstand lots of heavy sharp objects. The tile that is showing is a pretty stained concrete looking color. It looks great with the knotty pine paneling. This picture is the floor after the entire thing is sanded. (Sorry its a blurry pic)




I wasent sure of how many pieces I would need so I started with one box(30)...I gotta go back for 14 more pieces. I wanted to use the 12 inch squares because im not too keen on one piece of floor covering because if it gets damaged I would have to replace the entire piece this way all I will have to replace is a couple pieces. Oh by the way its a good idea to save a few pieces just for this purpose. You can hide them in the back of a closet, until you need them, where they will be safe from loss.


The night before last I prepared my tile surface by caulking around the wheel wells and filling some cracks in the plywood, cleaned the surface and cleared my work area.
It was all ready to go as soon as I got home. I love this not having to move one thing to do another. This work area is great! Thanks to Dad for the use of his work shop.
Until the next time I work on...
oh I havent named her yet. Another Shasta lover, Michelle named hers Goldie. Mine was originally gold but Im not too fond of the gold so its gonna be another color that I havent decided on yet. I think the interior will be the old red, white, and blue stars and strips motif it will look good with the knotty pine paneling. If anyone has any ideas on a name for her please email me with your suggestions here.
Liberty Bell maybe...or just Bell? or....Liberty...Shastina? Gosh all the possibilities!




Sunday, August 24, 2008

They just don't make glue like they used to....




Todays project was to scrape enough of the backing off the floor that was on the old floor covering, to put down the new floor covering. Easier said than done.....

We started scraping and pulling that paper looking stuff off the floor. That didnt work and was taking way to long. We tried the heat gun again...no luck that glue was stuck for the long haul! I tried taking a wire brush on a drill to it. That was taking forever. Dad came up there and said try this round air sander... IT WORKED! WoW the power of a little air done the trick! We got all of that mess up and its all ready to be put down again for another 40 years. Something tells me that this stuff you buy today will not last as long as that stuff did from the 60's.

I also installed one of the lights that I made. It workes PERFECTLY!! In fact all the lights work PERFECTLY! Tomorrow I will install the plug I ran for the microwave. Yep I had to update it a little. Instead of putting a cabinet back over the stove I am going to make a shelf to go up there and put a little microwave up there with the stove hood under it. At least thats the plan.

Oh yes I did put the top vent back in today. I ran a hugh bead of caulk around the edges and screwed it back down. It works great! Tomorrow after all the caulk is dry I will put that tar back up there to seal it off more. I had thoughts about what else to put up there and the tar seems like the best choice. Silicone is too hard to remove (I found this out while trying to take it out yesterday) so next time repairs are to be made it wont be so much trouble to remove. The tar wasent as hard as I was thinking it would be. That heat gun worked good.

I must get to bed so I can get up in the morning and goto that job that pays me so I can pay to work on my little project. Until next post!

Aluminiumly yours,

Gretchen

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Productive Day

Today was a very productive day. I Had to take back some stuff to Lowes and pick up some floor covering. When we got home we took off to the work shop to work on the windows. We got 2 out, sealed and back in and the top vent out and for the most part cleaned.
Tomorrow I will clean the roof and get it put back in. Then it will now be all sealed and can be moved back outside to free up some room to build stuff. I am including some picture of the roof vent removal. I took the advice from Shastagirl Michelle on removal of the vent. That heat gun worked GREAT on that old hard, tar. It did not work so well on the silicone that was up there...and is still up there.

I took a few more pictures to show the extent of the "vintage" of the camper HA HA HA. This is a pic of the tongue. The jack no longer works so I think we can salvage one from a mobile home tongue that we found.

NEW LIGHT GET NEW LIFE!


Heres an idea for those of you who cant find replacement lights for your vintage camper. I went to Lowes Hardware and found these nice wall sconces for the dirt cheep price of...$1.50 each! They also came with a bulb that sales for nearly $7 bucks! (I also bought more than I needed just to get the replacement bulbs.) Next I drilled a hole and installed a turn switch to turn the light on and off with. I searched for a replacement plug for them but couldnt find them anywhere. So I took the old light, took out the plug assembly and cut a square hole in the new light and installed the old plug in the new light. They look so GOOD!!!! I am so proud of them cause I took my time cutting the holes and installing them. I can't wait to install them.






This is the finished paneling. I think it makes it feel like a log cabin. Theres still a lot of work to do but its fun work! WOW I can see out the back window! There was 30 years of CRUD caked on it!








Friday, August 22, 2008

This is her without her window.
This is the window before it was cleaned. See all the rusty screws.

It SHINES!!!!


This is the first finished window!! Its so shiney!




Its Home!!!

The Mighty Shasta is home! She came home last night from the carpenter that was working on the walls. I was so excited that I started taking out the windows and cleaning them. When they started to shine I freaked! I didnt think that a window that was 41 years old would shine like a new one. It was 8:30 before I realized it! I wanted to keep cleaning. I have never wanted to clean something so bad in my life. I replaced all the old rusty screws with new bright shiney stainless steel screws. So that rust should stop, for a while anyways.

Welp, today its off to Lowes again to get some little things for the dremel tool to shine those little tiny places that I couldnt get my steel wool in.

Friday, August 15, 2008

The Itty Bitty Shasta is being worked on right now!



I decided to fix up a 1967 Shasta Camper that mom and dad had gotton from my grandpaw. I remember going camping in it when I was little and it had not been used or touched in about 25 years. As you can imagine it was a little stinky and a little damp! I started tearing out and thought this is a hopeless case. But I moved foreward thinking it would all work out...so far it..HAS!!!




Since my dad is not able to work on it and I thought the initial rebuilding of the walls was a little more than I could handle we pulled it over to a local carpenter just to get the walls, "studs" in place and the new paneling up. Being the handy dandy person I am I want to tackle the replacing of the windows and rebuilding of the bed/couch.




I will have pictures of the condition it was in before as soon as I can figure out where to put them on this bloggy thing.