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Old 12-29-2012, 11:44 PM   #21
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Most likely was a lack of skill by the operator. Penn is much more forgiving due to a larger head diameter and the 4 legs stick out about 1/4" on each side of the cylinder after it has been tightened. Hole diameter does not have to be very close. I think the tool you used is better than the one I have. The allen wrench would hold the rivnut in the hole for overhead installation. With my tool it uses two box wrenches so upward pressure is not possible.
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:50 AM   #22
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D_bertko, do you have a source for your rivnut tool? Did you groove or notch the holes to keep rivnut e from turning?
Thanks to both you and Davd for tips on rivnuts. I'm noodling out overhead cabinets.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:46 PM   #23
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D_bertko, do you have a source for your rivnut tool? Did you groove or notch the holes to keep rivnut e from turning?
Thanks to both you and Davd for tips on rivnuts. I'm noodling out overhead cabinets.
Dick
I couldn't find my Web source for my 1/4"-20 rivnut tool. This site seems to have the same tool. Note that their big kit also offers other sizes than 1/4"-20 and they also have plusnut kits. I found the 1/4"-20 rivnut size was sufficient for all my needs. Another recent post of mine replied about the correct Marson grip range.

http://www.cardinalcomponents.com/rivnutkits.html

I did see the grooving hint but did not do that with mine. I'd guess a tight tolerance hole size must be a secondary help. Not a single rivnut has spun loose over seven years. But that is generally not a problem in that anything that needs repeated attachment happens in the attached L-track layer. I have taken almost all of the L-track with rivnuts off once or twice over the years for wiring and other improvements so the rivnuts can stand at some number of loosening/tightening cycles without a problem.

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Old 01-30-2013, 05:45 PM   #24
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Motorola LapDock:

The LapDock 100 looks like a laptop computer but uses my Motorola Droid phone for the processor. Just plug phone into the device. LapDock has 2 USB ports, 10" screen, and an additional battery to extend run times. Thumb drive and USB mouse work. The major advantage to using the LapDock is the internet connection when traveling. Either WiFi or the phone connection can be used to connect. Anyplace I have a Verizon signal, I have internet access. Connect time is charged to your data usage which for me is unlimited. Much better than hunting for WiFi or purchasing a mobile hotspot which costs $30.00/month. Unfortunately when Google purchased Motorola they stopped production of these units. They are still available on EBay etc. for about $80.00 new. They originally cost about $240.00. You have to have a compatible phone. You have to type slow on the keyboard or you get ahead of the processor. Other than that it has worked well for my usage.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:58 PM   #25
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Dave,

You may have already explained this somewhere, but can you please provide some details to how you've attached 80/20 to the walls and ceiling? I'll make a leap and guess that you first installed some rivnuts in the channels in the body. Did you use "L" brackets; with one bolt going through one leg of the L-bracket and into the rivnut and another through the other leg of the L-bracket and into the 80/20? (No sense in me reinventing the wheel here, right?) Maybe you had multiple solutions, depending on the requirements?



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Old 01-30-2013, 07:46 PM   #26
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Search for "ortonDIY - overhead cabinets". Do not do it as I did it. See post # 26 for how I would do it next time. Major mistake to bolt the 80/20 directly to the Sprinter steel body. The 80/20 is a great conductor of heat and cold. It just bupasses any insulation you have installed. The aluminum just becomes the same temperature as the steel body. All 80/20 needs to have a thermal break between the steel and aluminum. A wood block or plywood will work. One bolt bolts wood the to Sprinter and second bolt bolts aluminum to the wood. Wood between the two bolts. No direct metal to metal connection.
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Good tip on the insulated attachment points! I'll probably use strips of wood that span from body rib to body rib just to add stability. Probably add fender washers to keep bolt heads from "wallowing" into the wood over time.

Thanks again, Dave!
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:22 AM   #28
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Search for "ortonDIY - overhead cabinets". Do not do it as I did it. See post # 26 for how I would do it next time. Major mistake to bolt the 80/20 directly to the Sprinter steel body. The 80/20 is a great conductor of heat and cold. It just bupasses any insulation you have installed. The aluminum just becomes the same temperature as the steel body. All 80/20 needs to have a thermal break between the steel and aluminum. A wood block or plywood will work. One bolt bolts wood the to Sprinter and second bolt bolts aluminum to the wood. Wood between the two bolts. No direct metal to metal connection.
I am thinking about using fiberglass plate or angle to insulate the 80/20 frame from the chassis. The design is not a simple one because I will be attaching overhead cabinets on top of the factory roof liner. The attachment brackets will have to protrude through the liner somehow. I will post final design when ready.

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Old 04-21-2013, 06:06 PM   #29
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Leveling:

A way to determine how many Lynx plastic leveling blocks are required to level van. My van has a 144" wheelbase. Made a wood block that is 1/16 scale for the wheelbase and tread of the van. 144/16 = 9" long. Did the same for the tread width. The plastic blocks are 1" thick so I used 1/16" thick flat washers. Wood block has a two direction bubble level screwed to the top. I put wood block on the sink counter and then add washers to the corners until the block is level. The number of washers tells me how many Lynx levelers are required to level van.
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Sink Funnel:

I have to use the sink when brushing my teeth. Did not like to spit in the same sink I use to prepare food. Cut the end off a funnel so spit went directly down the drain. Problem was the funnel would fall over. Cut a PVC washer and glued it to the funnel to keep funnel standing up.
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