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Old 04-19-2013, 03:03 PM   #2626
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Out of the three orders of samples we've had for interweave fabric.. we still haven't found exactly what we want.

I just ordered an 18" sample swatch of this:



Hopefully this is the one...
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:37 PM   #2627
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The passenger version doesn't come with opening windows.
If I had a passenger I'd have to remove the windows to put these in (it would save me the cutting stress though! )
With this setup every window will open down both sides of the van

---I love eating Chipolte burritos with beans so I understand the opening windows...

Without researching MB passenger sprinter vans , I would have guessed opening windows have been a $6K or so option....per window that is....

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Old 04-19-2013, 04:12 PM   #2628
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I'm excited for all the upgrades. Makes the van that much nicer when you sell it to me so you can get a 4wd version.
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:27 PM   #2629
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Some other folks have suggested a "nibbler" (or metal sheer).

The good side of a nibbler: no shavings/no mess.. it just rolls the cut up like a tuna can.

The bad side of a nibbler: they are SUPER accurate which means super sensitive to input - which means large repercussions for mistakes. I've read a nightmare where a guy let the nibbler "get away".



The nibbler is probably the best solution but as I have no practice/existing experience with one and the repercussions for doing it wrong are significant - I'm going to probably chicken out and use a jigsaw which is a technology I've experience with.

I'll use bed sheets and a shopvac to control the shavings.



There is a hand-held nibbler. I've had one for decades but to be honest would have trouble telling you where to find them today.

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Hand nibbler at, where else, Harbor Freight:




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Old 04-19-2013, 04:34 PM   #2630
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I would use the nibbler but practice on something (Heyduke's van?) first

They really are great tools.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:10 PM   #2631
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I would use the nibbler but practice on something (Heyduke's van?) first

They really are great tools.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:14 PM   #2632
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You wanted portholes, right?
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:33 PM   #2633
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Most guys I've read have had good success with the jigsaw. The only complaint being metal shavings. I'm going to put some delron on the feet of the jigsaw to keep it from scratching the paint (if shavings go under it) and I'm going to have Cheryl follow along with my cut with the shop vac to try and minimize the mess.
To avoid scratches cover the area where you will cut with some blue painters tape.

I used a jigsaw to cut the hole in the roof for my vent, works fairly well as long as you have a fine toothed blade. But yeah, gets metal shavings everywhere.
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:42 PM   #2634
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Hold a shop vac hose with your third hand to catch the shavings.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:36 PM   #2635
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Six windows have just been ordered. One of which is being custom built and will take about 3 weeks.

I'm fixing to cut a bunch of really big holes


Giggity: might you be available to drop by one afternoon and hold a window in place while I attach them? We're going to see if Cheryl can handle it but I've gotta come up with a plan B quickly if Cheryl's not able to hold them in place (and it'll be an emergency because the side of the van will be all opened up!).

It shouldn't take long at that point.

There'd be beer in it for you

Hey! I just saw this. Send a PM or call/text me at 303-775-0148. I'd be more than happy to assist.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:45 AM   #2636
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Work has commenced again on the van

I washed it this morning - there are now over 20 rust spots on the thing from rock chips
I'm going to acid wash, neutralize, and put a spec of touch up paint on each one.

I filled the DEF again - 41,000 miles - took 4.5 gallons. The light has also come on for a level 2 service finally (I was 1000 miles out of sync due to my trip to Montana at the 30K service).

I ran to Home Depot to pick up the Milwaukee jigsaw I'm going to use to cut the window holes and to cut the counter tops.

Attention Milwaukee tool heads:
from now until May - many of the Milwaukee tools at home depot include a coupon for an extra free battery! The batteries sell for $50 and you get it right away (so you walk away with two.. one with the tool and the extra). I don't know if this is Home Depot specfic or at all dealers.

Good deal

Although I'm not sure I needed an extra battery.... there are 9 in this photo and more in the garage

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Old 04-20-2013, 09:58 AM   #2637
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Has anyone ever worked with Paperstone counter tops?

Puzzle:

I think it is supposed to be mounted by glueing it down.
I want to make it removable (so at a later date I can recess the sink into it and the conductive cooktop into it.

What's the best way to do that?
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:27 AM   #2638
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My first thought is to epoxy some bolts on the underside of the top and bolt em down.

...but I don't know how strong any of that would be.

Second thought was countersink holes in the corners and bolt em down. ...or use some bicycle style quick releases. The downside to that are the bolts in the corners.

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Old 04-20-2013, 11:58 AM   #2639
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What's the best way to do that?
How thick is the material?





btw, just cut a gaping hole in the side of the Sprinter. Hoping the window plugs it up.





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Old 04-20-2013, 12:24 PM   #2640
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How thick is the material?





btw, just cut a gaping hole in the side of the Sprinter. Hoping the window plugs it up.





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That should work fine.

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