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Post by murph on Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:35 pm

Hi All,
Before my recent 6 week trrip to a UK hospital, Wiskey asked for some photos of my extra kitchen lights, here they are, the last two show the difference between the origional roof mounted Kitchen light and my own strip light mounted along the bottom of the cupboards,this is without the fact that you are stood in your own light when when using the origional, all the photos were taken with the camera flash disabled. Mrs Murph refers to this strip as the illuminations, a much better work light, I feel that cool white is better as a work light, and warm white is better in the lounge.

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Post by squip on Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:35 pm

That looks good Brian. The cool white in the last pic certainly looks better than the yellowish glow in the pic above.
Mrs squip complains that in our van the light over the sink [double flourescent] shines in her face when she is at the sink. Maybe I could improvise a LED strip with some sort of shade to avoid this. Thinking cap needed.
It looks as though you don't have this problem in you van.

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Post by murph on Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:33 am

Hi Squip,
Our strip light over the sink is mounted in a groove cut in a piece of thin batten with a router which acts as a shade to prevent this problem but if you look at the thin wood beading of various shapes available from many DIY shops you should find a length of about 1inch x 1inch angle which can be cut down along its lenth to do this job. I assume of course that you dont have a router and router table to do it the way I have done. or a less tidy version using a piece of thin sheet metal bent to a right angle.


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Post by roli on Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:50 pm

Glad you got the photos loaded Brian as there was a fair bit of interest in the original post. We are going to get a strip from the same supplier as yours and do both ours and bulldog01s van. Hope you are feeling better. Got my gas tank in mot and service done so can move onto the lights now

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Post by murph on Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:51 pm

Hi Roli,
Feeling fine now, and thanks for your help while we were away, however I was reading Whisky's post on draughts in the cab, and went through his previous posts to see if I could find anything more, as Mrs M sitting in the reversed cab seat complained of draughts, I went back 22 pages as far as possible (Sept) coundnt find a post that I recognised as being on this subject, can you or Whisky find it for me, as I have also lost the thread I was on when I went looking. this was a recent post where Whisky did give 2 tips on cab doors which I will be carrying out in the near future, when the wind dies down. smile!

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Post by roli on Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:59 am

I can remember what we did with the Boxer Brian, maybe quicker to explain.

Removed the door panels and fitted thicker plastic over the cut outs then replace door panels. On some models there were slots that would be used if door speakers were fitted.
I have heard of people just blocking the rear of these with Duck Tape.

Removed the plastic trim that covers the seat belts. Again fit plastic sheets over the cut (with masking tape) outs ensuring the seat belt still worked ok, then from the top squirted foam down the door pillar then sealed the top of the plastic sheet (if that makes sense to you) refit the plastic trim that covers the seat belts. Re test seat belt operation.

I was so impressed with the results on the passenger side, I did the drivers side as well. After that no more complaints from Liz over neck draughts.


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Post by murph on Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:18 am

Hi Roli,
Many thanks for the extra info re seat belt mountings, I have blocked off the vent in the back of the door with duck tape for the time being, but I was not aware that there was another opening under the seat belts I will have to have a look in there and see what I can find.

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Post by whisky on Sat Feb 25, 2012 2:55 pm

Hi Brian.

Thanks for posting the photo's for the lights. Pleased to hear that you are feeling better. Have been run off my feet this week at work as well as teaching and assessing students in the day have been interviewing prospective candidates in the evenings. Hence have missed a few posts and have been slow to reply to some. Hoping to find the time soon to give my van its annual major clean up thats when I will be having a go to fit the lights. So stand by for some more questions mate. Should be all done before my trip away first week in April. As for draught coming from the cab area the door pillars are a main area for attention. I filled mine with ordinary loft lagging then taped over the holes with gaffer tape, was a little worried that the filler foam spray stuff might swell up and get into the seat belt mechanism. On to the doors. If you look on the door edge near the latch you will see a pressed grill about 200mm x 35mm tape over those and the back of the holes in the door panel. What happens is that under certain wind conditions the wind hits the side of the van goes into the gap between door and cab body through the grill into the door and out of the door panel. Stop that and you will be amazed how much warmer your van will be.

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