Kitchen Cabinet, Post #14
The cover panels are only laminated on one side. Paint the back sides and edges white. Paint the bottom side of the countertop. Paint all sides of the shelf, pump panel and sub panel.
The Webasto heater sits under the kitchen cabinet so have to make some ductwork to get the hot air from it to the inside of the van. In this pic you can see the short length of flexible vent hose that came with the heater when I bought it. Above it is a length of metal ductwork I picked up at Lowe's for around $4.
Took the metal ductwork and squeezed and rolled it like you do with a newspaper till it was small enough to slide into the end of the flexible hose. Used metal duct tape to keep it rolled up.
Attach the ductwork to the outlet end of the heater. Check how it will route through the cabinet.
Use a hacksaw on the metal duct to shorten it.
Measure where I want the end of the duct to meet the front cover panel.
I don't have a metal hole saw the diameter of the duct so use the jigsaw to cut a less-than-perfect round hole in a square of scrap sheet metal.
The grill for the front of the duct opening is taken from an old computer fan. It's just the right size. I cut the sheet metal square to match up with this grill.
Time for an inspection visit.
Align the grill on the front cover panel. Drill four holes for the mount points.
I don't have a metal saw the diameter of the duct but do have one for wood..
Check the duct alignment.
Drill four holes in the metal square that line up with the grill mount points. Use machine screws and nuts to bolt the grill on the front of the cover panel to the square in the back.
Put everything in position.
When I think it's all lined up, use the metal tape to join the square to the duct. Used several pieces of tape overlaid.
Remove the duct from the cabinet and use more metal tape on the other side of the square. I found that many narrow pieces did a better job than a few larger pieces due to the curved duct. It's not pretty but by the time I was finished the metal square was solidly joined to the duct.
Wrap the metal duct in a spare piece of EZ Cool insulation.
I've read where some people open their cabinets to be sure the water piping doesn't freeze in cold weather. Since my water system sits directly above the heater I don't think that will be a problem. I'm adding the insulation so more heat makes it out into the van.
That's it for the ductwork.
When he thought I wasn't looking I caught Tiger looking for loose change in the cushions.
I have to keep my money hidden from Tiger. He's got a catnip problem.