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#51 nicklane1

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:22 PM

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Very nice! Do you have someone to help you?

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 08:45 PM

Nicklane,
Come over if you want to help!
Michael :lol:

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 08:00 PM

Nicklane,
Come over if you want to help!
Michael :lol:

I actually would if I lived closer. To be part of such a project would be wonderful.

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 07:44 PM

At least the days are sunny. I managed to finish 99% of the shingles (my original plan was for sheet aluminum, but there were too many specialized parts for such a small area). Next, the exterior window and then some siding. I hope others are actually doing some observing somewhere.
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Posted 30 August 2013 - 07:51 PM

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 05:23 PM

Official End of Summer Update:
Where did August go? Sped by in a fever of construction! I managed to frame the entry door and install a window on the last day of my so-called vacation. I will have to steal time from weekends to get this baby finished before the cold weather arrives.
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Posted 02 September 2013 - 05:24 PM

The window on the other side:
ps. I bought a bunch of rough-cut 1x12s from our local sawmill to use as siding. I will rip 2" battens and have 10" wide boards to continue the board-and-batten look of all my buildings.
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Posted 03 September 2013 - 06:54 AM

Looking real nice, Michael!

Step one: get it to shed water .... check!
step two: make it pretty.....soon now....

but the hard part is done.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 04:50 PM

Thanks, Russ. Our recent spate of downpours have been a "wonderful" test. Not a leak! The siding is waiting in a pile along side as we speak. It's all "the hard part" with my aging joints and just weekends to build, but I will persevere and maybe get back to imaging.
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Posted 07 September 2013 - 11:07 PM

Michael, looking great. The roof turned out vey nice. You'll be back to imaging before you know it and loving it even more.

CS,
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 11:07 PM

Thanks for the kind words, Tom.
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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:32 AM

Latest updates:
I hung the main door and started installing the siding. I began with the original boards that once were the wall that is now the connector to the dome room. Thanks for looking.
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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:34 AM

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:36 AM

Pic #3:
We had some severe storms last night, but nothing got into the building. Thanks for looking.
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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:39 AM

That's definitely good news, that nothing got inside!

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 09:36 AM

Almost ready for the Stars , That came out real nice , You will enjoy the Nights with that. :goodjob:

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 08:06 AM

Thanks, everyone. More heavy rains last night and still no leaks. Today it's back to the siding.
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Posted 16 September 2013 - 04:49 PM

First I'd like to congratulate all the members' on their new observatories. It's been inspiring to view their pics. Here are a few of my latest updates. (I truly forgot how bone-rattling construction is.)
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Posted 16 September 2013 - 04:50 PM

I need to let these air-dried boards shrink a bit before adding the battens and trim.

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 04:53 PM

The following pics are a couple of the raw interior showing the connection between the warm room and the telescope room. I am constructing an insulated door with window between them.
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Posted 16 September 2013 - 04:54 PM

Now from the other direction.
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Posted 17 September 2013 - 06:15 PM

Nice work, Michael!!

How tall is that door between the obs and warm room?

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 08:16 AM

Russ,
All I can say is not tall enough! I was forced to limit its height so that the the lower part of the shutter rail clears the the warm room roof. That preserves the 360* rotation of the dome. Definitely bad for the back.
Michael :crutch:

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 08:27 AM

That is a great looking observatory! The low door is a very small price to pay for such a nice observatory!

The door to my observatory is also low, and I told Scott (BYO), that this is the only door I've ever had to duck under, being short! :lol:

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 11:44 AM

Russ,
All I can say is not tall enough! I was forced to limit its height so that the the lower part of the shutter rail clears the the warm room roof. That preserves the 360* rotation of the dome. Definitely bad for the back.
Michael :crutch:


Well, you could get yourself a fancy rolling office chair, and just scoot back and forth.......... :jump:






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