Tina's Blog (44)

Carbs..and Paint...and Gas...Oh My!

I don't think I like the direction my garage contents are going.  It's starting to look waaaaay too much like a mechanics' cave.  When there is a torn apart carburetor in the middle of the room, and dirty grimey rags everywhere, the smell of gas despite draining it before bringing it in...grease tracks on the floor, all kinds of cans of cleaners and lube sprays here and there,...and should I mention the mower deck torn apart on the other side of that? I s'pect next year I'll have a full…

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Added by Tina on September 10, 2017 at 6:56pm — 3 Comments

I've got gas.......

.....way too much gas. My carburetor is flooding out, brother says it's due to a sticky float. Well, okay.....

He says this is a 4 barrel carburetor, but cannot tell me the make. I can't see anywhere on this what the make etc. is, to look anything up on it.

He also says "I would just remove those hoses and those 4 bolts and take the carb out to clean the float". Har har har.....

there's all kinds of stuff attached to this thing.

So....can anyone tell me any info about…

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Added by Tina on September 2, 2017 at 1:14pm — 12 Comments

Not MIA....just recouping. Work continues at a slower pace.

Just in case anyone was wondering, the work is still in progress on Diggity Dodge.  I've had to limit my strenuous activities to stop burning off more than I put in as far as nutrition/calories.  Being underweight is no fun and causes health issues too.

On to the progress...I have the kitchen wall almost finished with the Luan. Just a couple of small areas on the sides to cut and fit.…

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Added by Tina on August 28, 2017 at 11:13am — 4 Comments

Hot Diggity Dodge! A level stove, if walls could talk...welcomed visitor..and other things....

I did a test run fitting the stove in a couple nights ago, and it fits level. No more sticking out from the bottom and it's a good tight fit that has no gaps around the edges. YEY! I did a little corner cutting today so it sits back more flush with the counter in the front like it's supposed to. Excuse the little pieces of wood on the wall there, they were just set there out of the way for a minute.…

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Added by Tina on August 13, 2017 at 9:00pm — 9 Comments

Progress....Critter Jitters...and Frustration....

I'm glad to read that ya'll have faith in my trudging forward with this.  My faith wains back and forth lately with all of the new opportunities that need a-fixin'. LOL

One of the progresses has been the kitchen counter top ready for a new pretty face.  The new plywood is as level as it's going to get, I'm happy with it. Sooooo much better.  …

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Added by Tina on August 11, 2017 at 10:43am — 2 Comments

Testing my hand strength on a daily basis....Under counter mess clean up progresses...

Ripping out all of that old carpeting under the sink/stove counter proved to be a real challenge...unlike the past challenges with this carpet.Everything in there was on top of it and either nailed or screwed down or both. Of course, rusted and tough to turn screws and nails that the hammer would not fit under to pry them up. Some areas had two layers of carpet. Grrrr...and those corners...OY vey!!

I believe I got it all, after a few scrapes and bruises. LOL

Here's what I started…

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Added by Tina on August 7, 2017 at 7:06pm — 6 Comments

Oh,... go eat some Crow and Clamp up!

Yeah, crow is tasting mighty......yuk today. LOL

Wasn't it me who said that I had zero intention of taking out that stove and sink to fix that countertop?

They're out. The sink came out without too much trouble.  The stove came out later, I had to call my brother to see if he was in town. He helped me get a gas line fitting off that was stucker than stuck. It just wouldn't budge and there was no way to lift that stove out unless it was disconnected.…

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Added by Tina on August 5, 2017 at 5:41pm — No Comments

Aww....now this just isn't fair! The bathroom strikes again....

When I went searching for spongy ceilings in that RV I made a point of testing that bathroom and when I pressed and knocked on it, things sounded and felt just fine. Based on the walls having been rebuilt, I assumed they had replaced the ceiling in there as well. Even the wood around the fan/vent looked great, not stained or soft.

My first mistake was assuming anything, and second only testing one half of it....

I was in there yesterday morning removing trim to get ready for new…

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Added by Tina on August 2, 2017 at 9:14am — 9 Comments

After days and days of surgery, Diggity Dodges' Butt Lift is a complete success.....

........the rear end on this is now worthy of a wolf whistle!

All of the rotted wood has been ripped out and replaced with new lumber.  I had to build frames on the inside walls for the tail lights, the screws for those were just hanging in there on the metal and anchored to nothing but that. The original wood pieces had long since crumbled away. They are now secure and the wiring for them has been organized and clipped for easy access from the outside if needed.

Here's…

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Added by Tina on July 30, 2017 at 4:14pm — 1 Comment

"Wet Ones" should be for cleaning purposes only......

.....not describing the walls/ceilings/floors, and frames of your camper!

I'm at the other corner now, on the drivers side.  Would you believe I still pulled out..or rather crumbled out wet 2x2's today??  It's hard to see, but I am now replacing the 2x2 supports on that side. I already have one running the full length of the back and that went into there in one piece.  Wasn't easy, but I did not want to have to cut it in half.  I wanted a secure support along that back…

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Added by Tina on July 23, 2017 at 2:29pm — 11 Comments

"Ya gotta see the baaaayyyby"...Rot be gone....and other activities

First off, she's very hard to see...but I have a Mommy White tail out here every morning with her tiny babe across the pond. It's so cute to watch while it goes jumping in and out of the water and playing: (I swear, Mommy can spot me before I even get the door open to get a picture. LOL)

Last year I…

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Added by Tina on July 18, 2017 at 7:09pm — 9 Comments

Ladies and Gentlemen! Please give a big welcome to...Blood, Sweat, and ....Swears!!!

"Woo Hoooo!! Yeah, Man! whistle!..."

{{audience applauds and cheers}}

Yeah, I took the shelf/floor out of the closet. That was a most difficult task, I think the only way that could have been installed was by children who could crawl into a crowded 15" space. There are laws against child labor! And, of course, the very last screw in the very back where I had to contort myself and hold my breath to reach...was stripped. Sliced my elbow, (this is where the swearing commenced) but…

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Added by Tina on July 16, 2017 at 7:15pm — 3 Comments

I've had some good, some bad, and even some ugly....but today I was introduced to....

......COYOTE UGLY!  

It wasn't bad enough that the bathroom toilet had not been "cleaned" before getting stored in the woods and weather, but I discovered the other day that the dark water had not been drained. That had sat in there for a minimum of three years, and I'm thinking closer to 5.  I dealt with that.

Today, I took on trying to get some support under the shower floor so I could repair the crack. There is no support under the center of that unit. When…

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Added by Tina on July 15, 2017 at 2:59pm — 11 Comments

Keeping the "Great Stuff" contained and Cab over is ready for walls/ceiling

I have spent so much time on the cab over area, I lost track. Literally full days.  LOL

One of my problems on that was the floor of the cab over.  It is very thick plywood, probably 1 1/2"...not sure.  It is screwed into the bottom from underneath and I had no way of getting to the screws to remove that whole floor without tearing apart things in the truck area that I had no intention of doing.

So I opted to cut out the areas that were severely water damaged. Each…

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Added by Tina on July 12, 2017 at 8:54am — 1 Comment

Work continues on cab over and Dad's new project...1977 Layton travel trailer

I think I finally have the corners of the cab over almost done.  This has been a pain in the royal arse for sure.  No fun.....but I'm nearing the end.

Dad called me at 7:00 a.m. and said "you gotta see what I got".  So, I drove over there late morning and find that he has another travel trailer to restore. I just knew it before I even got there. I knew the bug would hit him when I started mine. ;-)

It's a 1977 Layton.  Tires are in great shape, and for as old as…

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Added by Tina on July 4, 2017 at 6:15pm — No Comments

Back at it.....

Today was set aside for Diggity Dodge day. Yesterday I did a little cutting and fitting of some final roof support pieces....that's about it.  The rest of the day was targeted for fixing a truck headlight wiring issue, and cleaning junk out of the basement to get ready for hauling away. Then some house cleaning.

First off today, I repaired the corner mold and hole on the outside.  I cut the corner piece of the molding off so it would sit flat and not be stopped by that screw…

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Added by Tina on July 3, 2017 at 7:26pm — 1 Comment

A weekend break......

For the first time since I got the Diggity Dodge here I have done zero work inside of it. Reason?.....well..."reasons"  actually.   

This is the first weekend we have had no rain and the lawns were in seriously sorry shape.  They absolutely had to get mowed or I would be calling them the fields and neighbor would be thinking I moved out.  

Of course, just when I really really need it...the riding lawn mower goes on the fritz again. It's old....like me.  LOL  After hours…

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Added by Tina on June 25, 2017 at 7:01pm — 5 Comments

Pardon me while I vent.......

.......a good venting session.

Today I did both vent jobs, the heat duct vent box and the outside vent for the stove hood.

I tried to recondition the old stove vent out of the warped state using steaming water and putting weights on the vents in a large pan overnight.  It worked somewhat, but not enough for me to be happy with it, it was still stained dirty, and I worried it would just go back to the warped state with time anyway.

So, I ordered two vents…

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Added by Tina on June 21, 2017 at 5:23pm — 3 Comments

The one area I was avoiding like the plague..........

....turns out to be the least damaged area of all.

I finally decided to tackle the main cab over window by removing the leftover paneling wood, having avoided it all this time because I just knew I was going to find major damage to the frame.  Well.....it looks just fine!  There is no damage around that window except for one little area in the lower right corner that falls into place with the right corner of the cab over that suffered water damage..  I can clean that up with…

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Added by Tina on June 19, 2017 at 10:26am — 6 Comments

Shoddy Construction and a little play on find Waldo....

Well, I can't blame the previous owners of Diggity Dodge for this one.  It was clearly constructed this way.

The corner with the gaping hole of light in the cab over behind the passenger door was a bit more involved than I had thought.  Originally I thought there was just a rust hole started there.  Nah....that would be much too simple.

Here's the outside of that hole, and the reason for it.  Notice the joining of the corner...the metal track wasn't a flush match over…

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Added by Tina on June 18, 2017 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

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