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#1 robininni

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:04 AM

I am looking over the internet to find somewhere that sells aluminum frame pieces (or a set for a finished product) to build a Pier-tech like observatory. Has anyone already done this research and come up with answers/vendors for the parts and process?

I suspect it could be done for much less than purchasing a unit from Pier-Tech but I really don't know.

I'll keep on searching but I thought I would reach out to the astronomy community here as well.

Thanks,

Rob

#2 csa/montana

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:28 AM

Hi Rob; I know if there is a place to find this, our members here will be able to point you in the right direction!

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:05 AM

Try a search for "extruded aluminum".

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#4 Scott Horstman

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:14 AM

http://www.8020.net/Default.asp

#5 whiskers1978

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 07:15 PM

http://www.onlinemetals.com

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 07:15 PM

What I would like to know is what thickness the sheet metal is on a building like a pier-tech.

#7 Raginar

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 07:30 PM

I'd build it like a pole barn... I don't think you need to match their thickness or anything.

#8 Mirzam

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 08:09 AM

Allied Steel uses 24 gauge sheet metal for siding on their metal buildings.

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 04:21 PM

http://www.discounts...20/go/main.i... I used them for the aluminum for the frame in my roof panels

#10 frolinmod

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 05:42 PM

http://www.onlinemetals.com

Ouch. They're okay for small quantities, but a local metals yard that sells by the pound at commodity pricing is better for large quantities.


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