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#51 Toml08

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 10:33 AM

Bob congrats on a great project. Can't wait to see it completed.

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 01:42 PM

Thanks Markus and Tom!

Hi Brad, my counter for fire is that most all of the large trees and brush will have been cleared from the vicinity of the observatory proper. I will be using metal roofing, and maintaining an absolute 20 ft (6 M) fire break zone adjacent to the observatory.

Progress in the rain – double pane sliding window from the observatory to the warm room.

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 01:42 PM

Roof capture plate as shown in diagram above.

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 01:48 PM

The roof capture plate... "Very clever, Mr. Bond!" I like that! I assume that schema extends out onto the target rails to protect against any unexpected wind gusts that come up during a session?

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 06:38 PM

Hi Jim,

Yes, the track overhang extends the entire length of the track to the wheel stops, and therefore the roof will be captured at all times and in any position open or closed.

The siding takes shape - rough sawn plywood siding which will have vertical battens nailed on for a "board and batten" appearance.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 01:22 AM

Jessie installing insulation in the warm room.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 01:23 AM

Ted installing the exterior door.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 02:13 AM

After doing some research, I have selected the Sommer Synoris 800 direct-drive 1 HP garage door opener for motorizing the roll off roof – the 3/4 HP received an excellent review as “the best garage door opener overall” by Consumer Research http://www.consumers...ge-door-openers , and is noted to be the quietest of GDO’s on the market. They are apparently slightly slower than a traditional chain, belt, or screw drive GDO - which seems to be no big disadvantage for this purpose.

They also have one very special feature I find desirable: because the motor is located inside the carriage, the control head can be removed from the track and located up to 16 feet (4.9 m) distant from the track (requires an accessory connector adapter). Moreover, the track/carriage is specifically designed to be able to work mounted sideways, which will allow easy placement on the north and/or south walls.

See: http://www.sommer-usa.com

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 02:46 PM

Don't forget vapor barrier. :foreheadslap:

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 11:36 PM

Bob, I chose the same style,board and batten,vertical siding.I chose to use 1/2" 4'x8' cdx plywood. What thickness did you choose? For me it was the least expensive choice. I have yet to attach it as the weather has changed for a few days and want to paint it first for the best protection possible.
Since it is so close to the colder seasons now, painting outside is not preferred under 60 degrees.

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 07:17 AM

Very interesting design. Looking forward to seeing it completed. In taking a close look at the details, those are two good carpenters you have constructing your building. Angles are clean and tight. Trim work is precise. You will have a quality building when you are done.

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 10:44 PM

Hi Deven, per Ted the vapor barrier is the Kraft Paper attached to the insulation itself. Also, my interior will be the same plywood as on the exterior, which will also serve well as a vapor retardant. All outlets and switch boxes will have gaskets.

Today most of the roofing was completed, with some flashing left to install.

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 10:44 PM

Hi Tim, I also chose ½” plywood, and hope the weather cooperates for painting as well.

The north side roofing, with AC wall (window) unit installed.

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 10:45 PM

Rimcrazy - thank you. I’m very pleased, and while I’m spending a bit to get a professional job done, it is worth it. There is no way I could have matched HWH’s skills and knowledge to deal with the myriad of issues that have already arisen.

Open roof detail.

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 09:43 AM

Hi Tim, I also chose ½” plywood, and hope the weather cooperates for painting as well.

The north side roofing, with AC wall (window) unit installed.

Bob, Hope you have time with the weather changing so drastically here,I opted to paint mine in my garage yesterday before attaching it. Rain thru Saturday and possibly a little snow made my decision easy. Going to be 2' or more of snow in the Black Hills and Interstate 90 already closed due to blizzard conditions out there.
Would have been difficult I know for you to do the same.

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 11:35 AM

That is really looking great! Those guys are exceptional!

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 07:13 PM

I agree with Carol! Really nice work.

BTW, I say you go with a 30" Starmaster rather than the C14. That Coronado SM140 we looked through at HOTS 2004 would fit nicely too.

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 09:05 PM

Thanks Tim, Carol, and Greg!

BTW, I say you go with a 30" Starmaster rather than the C14. That Coronado SM140 we looked through at HOTS 2004 would fit nicely too.



I would love to get that Tak/SM140 w SM 90 internal, but Markus apparently just sold it ...

Recent progress - entry steps and landing:

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 09:07 PM

Here I've completed the west pier entry through sub flooring, with electrical outlet and computer cable conduit:

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 09:08 PM

View into insulated and carpeted warm room:

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 09:10 PM

View towards warm room entry doorway:

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 09:46 PM

Wow Bob really looking great. You are much further along with your OBS than I am. I am going to be working on building the roofs vaulted trusses tomorrow. All I got done today was installing the siding,painted last Thursday,and installing the door. It helps that 2 people are working on yours though.Well worth the investment.

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 11:48 PM

Bob, I see one major flaw with your observatory. It's on your property, not mine! :grin:

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 09:06 AM

:bow: That's looking really, really nice!

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 07:34 AM

Said it before, that is really a fantastic building. Both from a functional and architectural stand point. It's really striking, IMHO. You are finishing it out very nice. Can't wait to see it all finished, as you are too I'm sure. Post some more pic's when it's all done.
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