I had to hit the pause button on the airstream project for a little while, though not completely. I purchased several tubes of sealant and I am working on sealing the many leaks of the exterior skin. Funny how there is a perception that Airstreams don't leak -- I sure thought that was the case. It turns out that from everything I read the exact opposite is true -- they ALL leak. The best thing to do is what I'm doing; remove the interior skins and seal the outer from the inside. The other task I'm picking away at is continuing to deal with the old AC hole. It turns out that the gentleman (I've used other words this past week) who installed the AC in the first place chose to seal it with tar. Nevermind that the perfect sealant for aluminum has existed since before the 1960s and is just about as cheap as tar. It was called Vulkum and worked great on aluminum. I had to order it online, since it wasn't local. It has been reformulated and is now called TremPro 635. Tar, as you might imagine, is a wee bit harder to get rid of. In fact the old Vulkum, where the Airstream used it, peels off in my hand, despite still being relatively pliable and a good seal after 50 years.
The main reason for my slowdown is the start of the school year. I teach 1st grade and today was our first day of school. If you ever wanted to see the work a teacher puts into the classroom before the kiddos arrive, look no further! My time lapse video from the airstream make me think to do the same for the several days it took to set up my classroom. I apologize for the tangent:
I'm not an Airstream Jedi, yet. Airstream Jedi would have sounded presumptuous, like I know what I'm doing. That couldn't be further from the truth. Padawan is a title I can hope to live up to.
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My friend Mike is building an airplane. Check it out.