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#76 JoeT6571

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 07:00 AM

The exterior is mostly done except for the painting and landscaping

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 07:02 AM

I bought my door and windows at the local Habitat for Humanity Restore. This is a great place to buy cheap building supplies. Here is the interior of the garden shed.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 07:05 AM

I have installed my SCT on the pier but need to do all the interior work including wiring for electric and bringing in the furniture. The new dob will go in soon.

First light was actually the end of June. As soon as I put the floor on the joists, I set up my scope on a tripod and observed on the deck. The scope has been in and out of the observatory since then during the construction phase. It's is now semipermanent and I will only move it out when I start drilling holes to run the electrical wires. Just too much sawdust flying around to keep it there.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 07:10 AM

Here is a view of the exterior of the garden shed. If I ever decide to make it a warm room, I will close off the exterior garden shed door, and cut a new door between the rooms.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 07:18 PM

I've done quite a bit of work on the observatory since my last post. I dug a trench 110 feet from the house to the observatory and laid 10-3 underground wire for electricity. I installed and wired nine duplex receptacles and three light fixtures putting in two circuits each with their own GFI protection. Two duplex receptacles were boxed in on the floor for protection next to each scope.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 07:20 PM

I also insulated the ceiling with reflectix foil wrap insulation. This product is basically bubble wrap sandwiched between two sheets of aluminum foil. I stapled it to the underside of the rafters and then ripped 2 x 4's into lath which I tacked to the rafters for support. The roof now has great flow-through ventilation with no chance for moisture condensing on the metal roof and dripping into the observatory. I installed garage door seals along the top of my walls to seal the rolling roof.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 07:22 PM

Furniture is in place including a desk chair, file cabinet, and a rolling mechanics tool stand that I use for holding my eyepiece case and observing guide next to the scope I'm using. The wireless signal from the house is strong so I have good internet access. With everything sealed and the ceiling insulated, I even put in a ceramic space heater to make things comfortable when I/m in there during the day.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 07:24 PM

I put a few of my pebbles out front for landscaping (including the original "pier pebble") and hung the sign on the front door. The garden shed is even finished off. I know this project will never be done, but the big push is over and I can now concentrate on observing.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 09:15 PM

Very nice. Now the enjoyment begins.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 03:33 PM

Awsome job, thanks for putting the thread together. :bow:

I"m envious; I”d love to find some property like that to retire to and build something similar.

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