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Old 02-01-2017, 07:59 PM   #11
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Am I the only one who read it like this?
...totally. exactly what I was envisioning.
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Old 02-01-2017, 08:11 PM   #12
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That is How I wrote it..
Nothing like cutting a big whole in a good roof..

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Old 02-01-2017, 08:24 PM   #13
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Ron, thank you for your sense of humor. And if I was in need to cut a giant hole in my van for a new roof I would want the help of someone who's done it before.

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Old 02-01-2017, 08:28 PM   #14
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I'm totally impressed on how fast you got that image from my head to the forum.
I even had my shoulders hunched.
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Old 02-02-2017, 12:00 AM   #15
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So Betty, what's your preferred method?? And do you predrill the corners so as not to leave any stress areas for tears to start??

Or should I call you Eye-Gore??
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Old 02-02-2017, 06:32 AM   #16
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...Or should I call you Eye-Gore??
Just don't call him Abby Normal.


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Yes, pre drill the corners. I've used the grinder and a sawsall, I prefer the grinder. Then spot weld the cross members to the roof. Be sure you remove as much of the gooey stuff between the cross member and the roof. It's highly flammable. Remember when using the grinder the sparks are hot and will burn cabinets and seats. I learned that the hard way.
Also the old saying "measure twice cut once" is a good rule of thumb.
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Old 02-02-2017, 09:50 AM   #18
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I love me some grinding.. But for this I recommend a jigsaw with a new metal blade and a friend with a shopvac. Much cleaner and easier.
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Hadn't thought of a Jig saw. Next time..
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My jigsaw with a fresh bimetal blade did a really nice job cutting through the floor. Slow and steady!
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