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Old 08-01-2016, 12:33 AM   #1
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IR Photos of My Voltage

Have you ever wondered where the actual framing structure is in your toyhauler? Or, even how much there is? Well I have, especially when wanting to mount of hang something inside the unit. I just finished some work in the main living space in the slide. As I suspected, there isn't much structure at all. Only around the edges and corners of the slide-out have structure. I went out today and took a series of shots using my infrared camera. I used a couple different color spectrums but got about the same results. The sun was on the unit all day, then we had a short bit of rain to cool things down on the surface. The heat inside the unit however had not dissipated much and the structure (the little that there actually is) is clearly visible.











This is the main slide -- Notice no heat return from any structure.



This is the bedroom slide - No heat return from any structural members.









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OK. DR Buck. That is pretty neat. You with the Techie Award of the Month. LOL.
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The vacuum bonded walls in our campers are actually structural members on their own. It's not like traditional stick built construction. I'll post a photo of the whole saw cross section I have from mine.

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Those are great shots. Not much framing to these things is there?

I miss having access to the IR camera from work. FLIR has a smart phone true IR device now that keeps tugging at my wallet though...

FLIR ONE Thermal Imaging Camera Attachment for iOS and Android
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Those are great shots. Not much framing to these things is there?

I miss having access to the IR camera from work. FLIR has a smart phone true IR device now that keeps tugging at my wallet though...

FLIR ONE Thermal Imaging Camera Attachment for iOS and Android
Sure that's all I need, one more got have just in case you need it, that you got to get before you need it, that sits in the tool box opened but never use, tool.

But that reminds me, I've got an IR filter from an old Sony camcorder. I'll have to give it a try.
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Sure that's all I need, one more got have just in case you need it, that you got to get before you need it, that sits in the tool box opened but never use, tool.

But that reminds me, I've got an IR filter from an old Sony camcorder. I'll have to give it a try.
Hahaha Yes, I rationalize by telling myself that I don't golf, bowl, or drink (much) so gadgets are my one vice. Well,,, one of them anyway... I used to have loads of fun with the IR camera from work though. It's amazing what you can detect with them. I mainly used it to inspect substations, motor control centers, and steam traps, but there are many more uses for it. See,,,, I really need one
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Substations! I'm a P&C engineer...small world.

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Substations! I'm a P&C engineer...small world.

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Nice! Do you work on grid distribution stuff? My work was on industrial subs & feeders, maintenance.

Sorry for jumping the thread track though...
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Hahaha Yes, I rationalize by telling myself that I don't golf, bowl, or drink (much) so gadgets are my one vice. Well,,, one of them anyway... I used to have loads of fun with the IR camera from work though. It's amazing what you can detect with them. I mainly used it to inspect substations, motor control centers, and steam traps, but there are many more uses for it. See,,,, I really need one
IR Cameras, Non-Contact Infrared thermometers, moisture meters, bore scopes and the list of toys goes on. I don't own an IR camera... but work does.

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No hi tech equipment needed...

You can get a detailed outline of the structural framing,
in the condensation pattern on a frosty morning.

However, those frosty mornings are few and far between in West Texas!!!
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No hi tech equipment needed...

You can get a detailed outline of the structural framing,
in the condensation pattern on a frosty morning.

However, those frosty mornings are few and far between in West Texas!!!
Agreed but it doesn't need to be frosty. Any damp morning will do.
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Hey Boostme.... You with CMP?
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They are one of my customers (I'm a consultant).

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