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#1 HenryB

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 06:17 AM

My 12'x12' Backyard Observatories ROR is a year old and a pleasure to use. I built it myself and left the floor with a white primer. I intended to paint it later with a dark non-skid paint. In some ways the white floor has come in handy for finding things in the dark but it makes it a bit brighter inside. So I was wondering about the best color for a ROR floor. I would be interested in what others use.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 06:26 AM

I carpeted mine, navy blue outdoor carpet.... nice and comfy underfoot.... :)

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 06:39 AM

Mine is still plywood-colored. I've thought perhaps a brick-red color might be nice.....
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Posted 21 March 2013 - 09:16 AM

I carpeted mine with indoor/outdoor carpet; that's a gray/blue color. I was able to lay it in one piece. It's easy to keep clean also!

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 09:29 AM

Dark grey interlocking foam tiles. Easy on the feet, easy on things that drop/fall.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 09:44 AM

I had considered those Karen; however I don't think they would have stood up to dragging my heavy observing chair across them. Lifting the chair completely off the ground would not be something I would look forward to each time I needed to move it.

Bet they are wonderful for standing however! Not to mention saving a valuable eyepiece that mysteriously takes on a life of it's own, & leaps out of your hands! :grin:

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 10:14 AM

I have 1/4" athletic matting in mine. It is a harder rubber than the foam mats and my chair rolls with ease. Yet it absorbs any impact and impervious to moisture.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:21 AM

I thought about a carpet but I am concerned about the mold and mildew problems. With the roof rolled off, there is plenty of moisture. Optics and mold are a bad combo. I do like the color idea.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:31 AM

I used grey porch floor paint

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:42 AM

Garage floor epoxy.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 03:43 PM

I thought about a carpet but I am concerned about the mold and mildew problems. With the roof rolled off, there is plenty of moisture. .....


The carpet is used is a synthetic stuff, with no underlay, designed for boats.... never a sniff of mold now after 6 years....

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 11:32 AM

Same here. Synthetic and over 20 years on the floor!
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Posted 22 March 2013 - 12:42 PM

The synthetic carpet idea looks good. What color did you use?

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:05 PM

I had considered those Karen; however I don't think they would have stood up to dragging my heavy observing chair across them. Lifting the chair completely off the ground would not be something I would look forward to each time I needed to move it.
Bet they are wonderful for standing however! Not to mention saving a valuable eyepiece that mysteriously takes on a life of it's own, & leaps out of your hands! :grin:

The Obs is large enough for a pier/wedge and a CG5-GT but not so large that I need to roll around on a chair/stool between them. If it was much bigger I'd probably go with something you could roll a chair on. I tend to be more of a stand/lean observer than one who sits for long periods.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:12 PM

Dark brown oil based paint over the plywood for my CatsEye. It has stood up very well for 20 years plus. I have a few smaller rugs placed at locations I typically stand. All rugs are darker colors.
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Posted 22 March 2013 - 06:44 PM

Astro~Turf for me.. :)

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 06:57 PM

blue gray outdoor carpet like Carol

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 05:03 PM

Just a neutral grey. I recently added some inexpensive Oriental-style area rugs for a dash of interest.
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Posted 23 March 2013 - 06:47 PM

I used white water-proof primer paint.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 08:01 AM

I would still paint the floor so the plywood doesn't soak up moisture

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 09:47 AM

I would still paint the floor so the plywood doesn't soak up moisture

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Good suggestion, I painted mine before laying the carpet.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 04:38 AM

I thought about a carpet but I am concerned about the mold and mildew problems. With the roof rolled off, there is plenty of moisture. Optics and mold are a bad combo. I do like the color idea.Bryan

Red carpet offcut for reasons stated - mold under my cosy dome - never ! Oh got it - it's room-without-a roof or RwoR :grin:

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 10:28 AM

I painted my floor and walls Black






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