Saturday, March 28, 2009
Ramp Framing I ripped one down to 2X2's. Using big self-tapping screws we fastened the 2X2's to the metal floor supports. We added a 1X6 as a kicker to the front transition/step. 2X4 supports were added every 24 inches. Then 1/2 inch OSB decking affixed with 1.1/2 inch wood screws. Done! Flooring next. All the Best, Michael & Christi See our other Blog;http://michaelhargisshow.blogspot.com/
Friday, March 27, 2009
New Hinge for the Battery Door The battery door hinge had the original rubber hinge on it that had failed. I asked around for a new hinge but thought to myself. Hey, I got parts. I looked through the ever growing pile and, Eureka! Stainless hinge. Found it on one of the inside storage compartment doors. I drilled out the rivets. Salvage! I removed the old hinge hardware rivets with a grinder. When I put the door in place we found there was a 3/4-inch gap/void between the top of the door and the frame. We have a piece of angle iron. I have an old bed frame in the garage that should do the trick. We cut it to size and screwed it in place. Then we set the door in place, marked and pre-drilled the fastner holes. Set the door in place and wedge it up to the correct plane. We then applied screws. Wow, thats nice. No more tape holding the door on.All the Best, Michael & Christi See our other Blog;http://michaelhargisshow.blogspot.com/
air conditioning system Removal. Phil came over to finish the air conditioning system removal.
He looked like a mad man tearing into that bus. Grind this, take that off, any coffee? You bet we do. next thing I knew, it was 5:30pm and the A/C system was sitting on the side of the bus. Wow, what would we do without our Phil.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
"O"nan Geney An oldie but goodie. This two cylinder job was a gift from the Hendersons here in Tombstone, AZ. It is going striaght to the shop to be re-built. Here is all the power we will ever need. Phil is going to re-build it.
Tile, bathroom floor. We prep'ed the the perma Base by making sure all screws were counter sunk then we swept the surface clean. We applied Type 1 mastic to the base with a 1/4 inch V grove trowel. We set all full tiles and let dry for 24 hours. Then, using a diamond wet tile saw, we cut all the remaining pieces and set them. We will let the floor dry for 1 week then grout. Next, the shower.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
First, place the toilet in the area you want to mount it. Draw an outline of it on the floor. Then look to see that the area is clear of any supports or obstructions under the floor. Then check to see if you have a straight line from the toilet to the black water holding tank. Drill a pilot hole into the floor and re-check. The toilet requires a minimin of a 3-inch waste pipe. Using a 3-1/2 inch hole saw and a strong drill motor, cut your hole. We found this used toilet at the local thrift store. Now we will prep for the tile by decking the floor with 1/2 inch hardiboard. This will be glued with PL400 construction adhesive and screwed in place. We are ready for tile. All the Best, Michael & Christi See our other Blog; http://michaelhargisshow.blogspot.com/
Monday, March 23, 2009
TIPPING, what the heck are you thinking? When I started in show business, I was too embarrassed to ask for tips. I felt so bad about it that I would actually refuse a tip when offered. I couldn't even put a tip bowl out. I felt like it was begging for hand-outs. Then I met an old saxophone player, Doc Diamond. He asked me, "What the heck are you thinking?" He explained that the people watching your performance, your fans, want to tip you. They want to show you how much they appreciate your hard work on stage and that it's part of the show. If you shun their tips, you are not only insulting them, but you are not performing 100%. Learning to accept tips with grace and gratitude is not only important to our fans, it is necessary for us, as it is a big part of our income. In learning to accept tips for what I do, I also have become more aware of my tipping practices. I appreciate even more, those who give good service and care about the job they do. Here are some tips on tips. Who gives a tip? Everyone that receives a service, should give a tip. Whats a tip? A tip is a gratuity. A gift. A little something extra that someone gives to a person who performs a service. When that service is performed above and beyond your expectations you want to tip them well. When the service is not so good, then what? Most folks will still give a minimum tip. Sometimes you may not be sure when a tip is appropriate or not. Some of the usual places you would tip would be when you are served by valets, street acts, performers, wait staff, chefs, hosts, baggage handlers, paper boys/girls, anywhere or anywhere there is a tip bowl. You can also ask at a check-in counter or information booth as to who should be tipped. Sometimes giving a tip is as easy as adding it to your bill or tab. Sometimes, when the service is especially good, you want to give it directly to the person who performed the service and thank them face to face. In our particular profession, we find that people may be shy about coming up to the stage to put something in the tip bowl. They don't want to draw attention to themselves. To those of you who feel that way, just remember that when you step up, others that are hesitating will gain the courage to do the same. And of course, if you have a child with you, send them ! They love to run up and put it in there for you. So then, how much do you tip? Well, for food service it's about 20% of the total bill. Drinks are about $1.00 for each drink. Other professions have different expectations. As for performers, it really depends on how much you're enjoying the show. If the show is a "pass the hat", the only pay the performer receives is tips, so please be as generous as you can. Speaking for ourselves, we appreciate every dollar that goes into that tip bowl. We do a lot of "pass the hat" shows due to today's economy and our audiences are generally very generous. It keeps us able to do what we love doing. In case we ever pass your way we say, "thank you very much" in advance for your generosity and appreciation! As a matter of fact, we are basing this Summer's, "Rolling With The Flow Tour", on the economy and our appreciation for our fans. 90% of our shows will be, "pass the hat" shows. All the Best Michael & Christi All the Best, Michael & Christi See our other Blog;http://michaelhargisshow.blogspot.com/
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Electrical Wiring, AC
I started installing the the wiring. It is pretty standard, 20 amp to the ref, micro and the roof air conditioners. 15 amp to all the other receptacles and light switches. Romex 12/2 and 14/2 was used. We will putting the roof airs over the roof exits. We drilled then reamed holes in the frame, set rubber grommets and strung the 12/2 romex. In the Bays, We drilled and added plastic grommets. More as we do it.