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#1 DarthNebula

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 11:55 AM

Hi all…I want to build an observatory from a plastic shed due to its ease of removal. What I want to know is if anyone knows of any sheds that have an easily removable roof like to old “Thinking Outside sheds” which are no longer available? I can’t do a roll-off due to space. The best option I have seen with currently available sheds is the Rubbermaid Big Max; I actually have one as my garden shed…but it is not perfect due to the center beam and having to take off each roof panel individually (One side of the shed will be inaccessible against a fence).
I am hoping to find one where the roof can be lifted off from the inside or slid to one side?
Size needed in the 7x7 – 8x 8 ranges.
Any help appreciated?

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 01:02 PM

Hey Dn

Check out the link below my name.

All kinds of observatories their.


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#3 DarthNebula

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 11:04 AM

Hi..thank you.
I haven,t found a great solution yet as a lot of the sheds mentioned are either no longer available or have changed their design. i.e. Rubbermaid's Big Max roof is now harder to remove than the older versions.

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 06:16 PM

But you still have to mount, right? Think of an interface that you can build to connect the roof and the walls.

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 07:47 PM

DN,
Take a look at what I did with a 7x7 Rubbermaid

http://s1220.photobu...55/Observatory/

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:47 PM

My shed is metal but I also had roof restrictions which I got around by swivelling the roof 90* to open.

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#7 Martin Lyons

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 03:17 PM

Here's what I did.....

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 04:29 PM

Martin, that is a great solution.

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 06:13 PM

Russ Croman's first observatory was a shed with a lift-off roof...

lift-off roof observatory

It was about as simple as it gets.

Cheers,

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 06:54 AM

Here's what I did.....


So, a roll-off roof. Literally.

Nice!

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 08:39 PM

Martin, that's very interesting. How in the world did you did you do that? Do you have details?

#12 Martin Lyons

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:08 PM

Hi again folks.
Apologies for the delay in responding.

I replaced the original roof with an Aluminium roller shutter sheet normally used to enclose the back of pickups etc.

it is lightweight and has insulation incorporated within the hollow Aluminium slats.

I bent two "U" channels which the shutter slides in and fixed these to the framework of the shed.

I'll try to post a few detailed photos, but it may be spread over a few posts because I have no idea how to post multiple images.

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#13 Martin Lyons

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:10 PM

Detail of the channel.....

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#14 Martin Lyons

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:12 PM

I had to make my own crank and axle to roll the sheet up onto.....(was that English??)

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:15 PM

Different view....

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 05:08 PM

Wonderful design solution. And, yes that was english. Have you encountered any problems opening and closing it?

#17 DarthNebula

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 12:44 PM

Thanks all for the great ideas..on to planning out something.






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