Observatory progress update
Posted 12 November 2012 - 05:47 PM
Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:52 PM
Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:12 PM
The R-panels for walls and 14 gauge 2x2's for the roof frame are coming Wednesday. I may have a roof by the weekend
Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:44 PM
Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:57 PM
No padding underneath?
Nope, no padding! I agree with Mikey; with padding, moving my observing chair would be difficult.
If your dogs complain, fold up a blanket for them.
Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:18 PM
Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:52 PM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:51 PM
Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:51 PM
Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:52 PM
Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:57 PM
Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:42 PM
Carol - YES! I love the look of that bright white R-panel. Tomorrow's the big day, when the welders build my roof framework. That's when it'll really start looking like a building. Once the roof frame is done, we can make final measurements on the R-panel. Then they'll order the matching white 26 gauge R-panel from Mueller Steel Buildings, cut to the right length.
Also, the "my dogs" I was talking previously about are my FEET! Our Corgis are at home absolutely anywhere. I may just cut some of that foam flooring and cement it onto my shoes!
Posted 19 November 2012 - 12:30 AM
Posted 19 November 2012 - 07:33 AM
Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:31 AM
Thanks for the photos.
Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:49 AM
Got the roof supports and center ridge spine welded up yesterday, cut all the rafter ends to the 13 degree roof slope, and got about half of them welded up yesterday. It was dark when we quit so I only got a few pictures. The welder's there today finishing all the rafters, then he'll order the C-channel purlins and R-paneling for the roof from Mueller. I'll put up progress pix tonight.
Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:45 PM
Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:46 PM
Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:48 PM
Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:05 PM
The fix is easy - use a Come-Along to winch the sides back together and parallel so that the roof rolls smoothly, then weld one ceiling joist across the central span to keep it in shape. I had originally not wanted anything across the middle to keep it nice and open, but this central joist is about 6'5" above the floor, so it won't be running into any telescopes as long as I stow them properly.
I'm glad we discovered this and will have this fixed before attaching the roof R-paneling, which will add nearly 500 pounds!
LESSON 1: 11 gauge 2x6 steel beams will bend a lot more than you think!
Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:05 AM