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#76 MHamburg

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 03:23 PM

Carol,
Thanks a bunch for the kind words.
Russ,
Truly you are a genius!
Michael :)

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 07:07 PM

A great job.... your backyard looks like a postcard! :)

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 05:38 PM

Thanks, Astrodog! Here is a shot of part of sky I can see.
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Posted 24 September 2013 - 09:55 PM

Michael thanks for the updated pictures, looks great.

CS,
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Posted 25 September 2013 - 07:18 AM

Next is electrical and then some hefty insulating. I will continue posting pics whenever possible. Unfortunately, I am not in the Berkshires full-time.
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Posted 30 September 2013 - 09:41 PM

Update: I took advantage of the glorious weather and finished up a lot of the exterior work such as door and window trim and battens. Next step is to wire and insulate.. Then I can really work inside the new addition.
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Posted 30 September 2013 - 09:43 PM

The other side:

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 09:45 PM

One more: This was the toughest area to work on as I had to literally squeeze myself into contortions to raise a hammer.

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 09:48 PM

I constructed an interior insulated door around an old double-glazed window I "recovered" from our town dump.

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 09:49 PM

It actually works!!

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 10:13 PM

The outside really is beautiful! I love the "recovered" window that will now see a new life in your door! :bow: Very nice job!

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 10:13 AM

As always, thanks for your kind words, Carol.
Michael :rainbow:

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 10:50 AM

How'd you make that dome?

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 02:04 PM

Basically it is .025" sheet aluminum pop-riveted onto 1/8" aluminum bars. The base ring and frame for the shutter are rolled angle iron. It is not as elegant as the commercial versions, but it has withstood time and weather for 25 years. I will post some detail pics asap.
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Posted 03 October 2013 - 09:13 AM

Wow, that is one thick and wide door.Looking great and I love your choice of siding also.

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 09:04 AM

Thanks, Tim. The siding continues the look of all the buildings on the property. I guess I got used to building in that style. I really wanted to make sure the dome room is thermally isolated from the control room. I will update with pics as I inch forward. Thanks for comments.
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Posted 20 October 2013 - 04:56 PM

Latest update: I just got back from hiking two weeks in Utah and kept thinking how this landscape is like another planet to this Easterner. Did some interior work on the warm room:
Here is an entrance light salvaged from another project that will glow an inviting red soon.
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Posted 20 October 2013 - 04:58 PM

#2:
Insulated the ceiling with the same stuff that I did for the floor so many moons ago.

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 04:59 PM

#3:
Completed the rough-in wiring.

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 05:01 PM

#4:
The walls are next!
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Posted 20 October 2013 - 05:04 PM

#5:
I also closed the open wall connecting the warm room and the telescope room. Not sure yet how I will finish the boards. Thanks for looking.
Michael
ps BTW, this project has turned out more demanding than I ever imagined (and it isn't done yet).

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 07:18 AM

One more: This was the toughest area to work on as I had to literally squeeze myself into contortions to raise a hammer.

Michael,I just had a thought about the area between the dome and your warm room. I your part of the state where the OBS is ,do you get a lot of snow? I hope that the snow build up is not so that it makes it's way into the observatory or pile up and make it difficult to remove.
I was just checking out your thread again and was wondering about it.

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 05:01 PM

Tim,
Funny you should ask! I am installing de-icing cables on that connecting roof. Otherwise I probably would wind up with a solid block of ice locking the dome until the spring. Thanks for your concern! Here are a few pics of the latest progress (very boring insulation.) BTW, I ran one of those oil-filled electric radiator heaters today to test the heat retention and man oh man----as Kramer told Jerry Seinfeld as they sat in a sauna, it was like a sauna in there in less than 30 minutes. Next step is to install all the outlets and lighting fixtures (oh yes, and those deicing cables.)
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Posted 27 October 2013 - 05:03 PM

One more angle:

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 02:59 PM

Fiberglass... itch... now I am going to be scratching all day just from the picture :lol:






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