Modify Schoolbus Windows to Open from the Bottom

In this video Jake von Slatt shows you how to modify schoolbus windows to open from the bottom like regular double hung windows rather than from the top in the conventional schoolbus manner. As an added benefit, when you swap the positions of the moving and the fixed pane of glass, you can cut down a conventional screen from a storm window to fit on the outside of the bus.

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School Bus Conversion Project:

School Bus Conversion Camper RV motorhomebus motorhome conversion interior

In January of 2005 I took delivery of a 1989 Thomas Saf-T-Liner, a flat-nosed diesel school bus with about 100,000 miles on it that I bought on eBay for $2000.  Over the next 18 months I converted this old school bus into a family camper.  Wherever possible re-used and recycled material were used, mostly acquired from our town dump, Craigslist and friend's demolition projects.  All stages of this project are documented on these pages

Toyota Yaris Pages:

Toyota Yaris ToadYaris short shifter

We sold the Town Car and retired the mini-van and bought a pair of 2007 Toyota Yarii one of which (probably the black one due to the diesel soot! ) we will tow behind the motorhome.  Here are some pictures of the Yaris and some notes on towing the Yaris and a short article about installing a Short Shifter Kit.

A Pumpless, nearly Fanless, Silent Water Cooled PC

Home Depot water cooled pcwater cooled ps

A pumpless water cooled PC made with plumbing fittings from Home Depot.  The thermo-siphon effect causes the coolant to circulate through a folded 4 foot section of baseboard heater and convection circulates air past the radiator fins.

Building a Workbench/Cart Using Old Bed Frame Angle Iron

bed frame angle iron workbench cartdiy homemade workbench cart

A pair of workbenchs/carts made with salvaged tops and re-cycled bed frame angle iron.

Classic Western Electric Handset for Cell Phone

bell system model 500 lg vx6100 belt clip headsetjake von slatt retro cellphone handset

A handset from a classic Bell System Model 500 is married to an LG VX6100 cell phone.

Dumpster Diving & Town Dump Finds

dumpster diving town dump findsPioneer SX-838 receiver

Op-Amp Hot Tub Temperature Controller

hot tub temperature controller schematichot tub temperature controller

A simple Op-Amp temperature controller is built for a $50 garage sale hot tub.

Random Hacks

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A bait-bucket hot tub filter & re-foaming a speaker with duck tape

The Steampunk Workshop -

The von Slatt KeyboardA Clockwork Guitar

Wherein the craftsman demonstrates the construction of artifacts from an age of steam and brass.

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Bus Conversion

Toyota Yaris

Silent Water Cooled PC

Bed Frame Workbench

Retro Cellphone Handset

Dumpster Diving

Hot Tub Controller

Bait Bucket Hot Tub Filter

Duct Tape Speaker Re-foam