The thing I learned about this is that the SimpleSet mortar requires a large amount of time to set properly. I came back to the project about 12 hours after application and the mortar was not solid when I touched it.
So I just waited another day before doing the next layer of thin set.
When working with the sponge, I find that it’s best to have almost no water content in the sponge. Basically, I want to wring out the sponge as much as humanly possible before using the sponge to texturize the area that I filled with mortar.
Overall, I believe this is a great solution to a cracked mortar wall like this.
I hope this helped. If you have any details or suggestions to help others, please let us know in the comment section below.
Many tutorials online attempt to make this process seem much more challenging than it really is. I found the process to be very simple.
First I used a large sponge and wrapped the sponge with 220-grit sandpaper. This allowed me to sand the strange angles.
The first application sucked up a LOT of the urethane. The fresh wood inhaled the product so the first layer involved using half of the can’s contents. The second one probably used 1/16 of the can.
Many people talk about avoiding bubbles and doing a very careful job with this. I found that information to be stunting. At the end of the day, watching videos where people used a ton of caution just held me back. The material goes on clear and I didn’t have any bubbles. At first, I worked hard to be very delicate with the material, by the end, I was slapping it on and spreading it out. Both methods of application resulted in similar results.
Testing the Seal
To test the urethane, I splashed water on the wood. If it had soaked into the wood, I would have known that another coat or two would be needed. Luckily, after two coats, the water beaded up and dripped from the ceiling. After I dried the water off, there was no visual sign that the water had penetrated the urethane coat.
When we started this school bus Airbnb back in March, we had no idea what was in store for V and me.
We thought we would be able to wrap up the conversion in about three months. Back in that spring of 2017, we expected to finish the project in time to go on a tour of the country, attending the Burningman art festival in August, spending a few weeks on the road and finally bringing the bus to Huntington Beach where we would rent it out as an AirBnB while we left the country to visit Australia for a wedding and some surf.
So I pushed on for another month or two. Finally, all the systems were in and the bus was ready to go. Again, I had problems with mechanical stuff. The fuel pump needed to be replaced and the bus needed to be registered legally. I wrapped those two projects up in Reno while I watched my parent’s house while they were out of the country.
That’s where this video comes into play.
Now the bus will become an AirBnB property in Southern California. That’s the goal.
You see, when I started, I wanted to drive the bus around to national parks and work online from the comfort of a dusty road. Now, I just want to leave the bus behind and start recouping a bit of the investment.
While driving from Reno to LA, I realized the bus has a new oil leak and the power steering leak became progressively worse. It seems that the more time I spend with the bus, the worse the problems get.
Therefore, it makes sense to allow the house to start taking care of its self.
The next few videos will be about getting the bus ready for a vacation rental. Once that is complete, I plan on having a point where we have no plans.
I’ve planned my life out for the last 5 years. It’s time to create an opportunity where I can wake up one morning and think, “Today we are free to do and go wherever it is that we want to.”
Recent Thank You
Mom and Dad -Mom your emotional support has fortified me through some very challenging times. Dad, if you didn’t teach me to build stuff, this project would have been 100% impossible.
Lauren – You’re a best friend sis’. Also, you’re able to sew like a pro, despite being an am. 😀
David Vu – Your excitement to take on business challenges and work with V and I is a life saver.
Scott Siller – Thank you for reaching out via the YouTube comments and supporting me in the Nevada Vehicle Registration process. I was afraid of the process until your calm explanation made it feel like a simple hurdle to jump over.
The Kinsinger Family – Thank you for keeping me at your Thanksgiving dinner. It was an absolute delight.
This challenge was very challenging for me in the best of ways. It utilized the algorithm practice that I love with complex new libraries. You could say that I’m learning to love jQuery and AJAX.
Process and Design Notes
I focused on simplicity when designing the front end.
FreeCodeCamp.com stipulated in the challenge that we were to design a button which would initiate the search. I broke that rule. My API calls were triggered by a ‘button up’ event, rather than a button. The idea is that the user gets immediate feedback and thus would find the tool more useful.
If you’re interested in the development process, you can see the different version updates on my GitHub project.
Though I built the button into the project initially as per spec, I removed it towards the end. If a search is triggered by the last button typed, there is no need for a search button at all.
Registering a skoolie in Nevada is not as challenging as I initially anticipated. It’s just like registering a salvaged car. Check out the video to get an idea of the story. I’ll add additional information related to costs and document types on the blog below.
CodeFights – https://codefights.com/ – I would suggest this is more of an intermediate way of learning. Once you get good with algorithms, this might be a great way to get on the radar of interesting software engineering companies.
Codecademy – http://codecademy.com/ – These exercises are the best for getting an initial introduction to any technologies covered on their platform. Also, if I want to revamp some skills quickly before approaching a new project, bashing through Codecademy is a great way for me to freshen up on skills.
Best Specific Code Technologies
What is a regular expression? A RegularExpression is a line of text formatted to get you a result. For example, if you wanted to find all the dollar amounts from a tremendous text document, you can use a regular expression to pull out all the numerical numbers after a “$” symbol.
What is SQL? SQL is an acronym for Structured Query Language. Pronounce it, sea quell, rather than S.Q.L. This is a database language for retrieving data and creating data. Note: a basic understanding of RegularExpressions will help before starting the SQL tutorials.
WHERE <attributes you care about>
I’m no expert at this. In 2016 I spent a year deep diving into software engineering, but I ran into a wall and decided to build a school bus home. That home took me about 9 months to build so I fell off the programming horse during the months from March to November of 2017.
For me, there is still a haze obscuring my path to understanding software engineering. Though the haze has lifted consistently during my studies, I still feel considerably lost in it. The above suggestions were from the tutorials that cleared the haze out the fastest. I’m sure it’s not a complete list, but it is the list of technologies that helped me the most.
Please add any suggestions in the comments below. I would really appreciate learning faster ways to blow the haze away.
Notes on Installing Soft-Close Ball Bearing Drawer
The devil with installing ball-bearing sliding drawer rails is in the details. The reality is that I spent a lot more time contemplating and measuring. These videos appear as if it was a quick, easy process to plan what to do next.
Because the drawers are square and the hardware is straight, it is critical to measure carefully. I was off by 1/4″ in terms of square-trapezoid shape. That difference in sliding rail measurement differences was enough for the hardware to function improperly.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to ask below. If you ask pertinent, important questions relating to the topic of installing drawer slides, I can respond below with my thoughts. Those comments are public to everyone else reading this post. With luck, we can build a great resource here for future people.
Ideally, I’d like to have a great resource for others while learning the ways that others can improve the installation process.