New (Used) SkyShed POD Owner Question
Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:46 PM
Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:24 PM
I believe the foam strips are 3/4" thick, I've seen this type of weather stripping at most hardware stores. When you staple these strips (they are adhesive as well) watch the depth of your staples. Too little and they just won't hold very well.
The grey silicone L strip that provides the seal between the dome halves is the only thing I can't easily get locally. Wayne (at SkyshedPod) sells a replacement strip that has enough material for the dome opening and the extra for adding to the pivot joint areas.
When I assembled my POD last year I followed the most recent instructions (from well over a year ago) on sealing up the pivot joints, including using a small garden hose washer on the end of the pivot bolts. It all works very well, even in very heavy rain storms.
Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:35 PM
If it doesn't leak, don't fix it. I'm the 3rd owner of my XL3 & it needed new gaskets & seals. I got a set from Wayne, put them in & haven't had a leak since.
Clear Dark Skies
Alt 518ft ASL
Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:12 PM
The black foam rubber is "closed cell", automotive foam rubber. You'll find it the automotive section of the hardware store. Not the home section.
3/4" X 3/4", 1 X 1", or a variation will do. The seals are the only replacement you should ever have to make. They're low cost, take little time, and work great when installed properly.
The gray L-Rubber dome sweeper is very rarely replaced, but is available thru the POD website if needed.
Let me know if we can assist further.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 03:43 PM
For now, I love my new (to me) observatory and am so happy to know the kind of service your company has to offer!
Posted 20 November 2012 - 03:47 PM
"Your eyes held a tender light
While stars fell on Alabama
Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:11 PM
Yup, Wayne is good people.
Clear Dark Skies
Alt 518ft ASL
Posted 21 November 2012 - 05:38 AM
Wayne and the gang at SkyShed are second to none as a company and support for its customers.
Hope you enjoy your POD as much as I enjoy mine.
Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:03 PM
Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:45 PM
Posted 24 November 2012 - 10:56 PM
Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:43 AM
Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:58 AM
If you follow the latest assembly instructions and use a couple of the additional suggestions (on sealing the pivot joints as Carol mentioned and add some additional weather stripping at the peak of the dome to back up the grey silicone seal ... both very easy to do) you won't have any problems.
I have a POD cover that I've hardly ever used, I just don't seem to need it. If this year we get a serious storm or two (heavy snow with lots of wind over a few days) I may add the cover and push in some long foam strips at the wall tops but that's about it.
My POD has gone though one good New Brunswick winter (usually worse snow wise than what you experience) and there have been no problems at all.