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Posted 01 May 2013 - 05:27 PM

They affix their "label" on the side with the bolt hole that should be aligned with true north.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 05:28 PM

As with all things astronomy, the next three days is scheduled to rain. Next on the schedule would be drilling the 8 support posts for the observatory deck. But if it is wet, we have to wait until it is dry.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 05:30 PM

My guess is that the pier is not part of the structure, so he probably didn't even need to inspect it. I'll be putting in something similar in the great, over-regulated, state of NY :grin: and they said they didn't need to inspect the pier at all.

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Probably right. We are governed by 3 regulating agencies: city, county, and township. All had to sign off on the plan, but only the city "inspects".

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 09:55 AM

Work has resumed. Base structure pictures to follow soon.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:43 PM

Well, things have progressed despite my failure to keep this thread up to date. To refresh memories, I ordered and have a technical innovations 15 foot dome observatory. We decided to install this on a base rather than a slap so it is about 3 feet off the ground with open area beneath. We paid for a preassembly option and I strongly recommend doing this if you go in this vendors direction. So far, no problems at all.

The outside structure is nearly completed with only the shutter remaining to be installed. However no motorization or automation has yet to be completed.

The question I am pondering now is flooring. I hear advocates for rubberized tiling (and that sounds appealing) but does anyone have specific suggestions? Type? color?

My wife has been taking pictures and even movies so those will be forthcoming.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:39 PM

I picked up interlocking rubber tiles in dark grey from Harbor Freight. They're about 3/4 of an inch thick. I've never dropped any Astro gear on them but I did purposely drop bottles, glasses and nothing broke. I like them, they're reasonably priced and they look good and feel great to stand on.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 09:12 PM

Thanks Karen, I will check that out.






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