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#101 MHamburg

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 08:17 PM

Lookin' really good, Terry!'
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Posted 03 December 2013 - 01:49 PM

Thanks, Michael.

Weather has turned lousy. Not snow at least but heavy rain has curtailed work until tomorrow anyway. Good progress on the steel roofing but not quite there yet.

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 02:02 PM

Terry,Lookin' great! Just wondering if the roof was sheathed with plywood before they installed the steel? Just curious as sometimes ,depending on situation, it is not used.

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 02:42 PM

No plywood, Tim. IMO it would just have added weight that is not necessary. There is just felt paper, as in the Skyshed plans, to prevent any condensation dripping on the gear.

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 11:44 AM

That's going up really quickly!

What about painting the walls; you'll probably have to wait until spring, if your cold-weather location is any indication.

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 12:33 PM

What about painting the walls; you'll probably have to wait until spring, if your cold-weather location is any indication.


Yup. I had him prime the doors in his shop in the hope it will, just maybe, minimize any warpage. Painting will indeed have to wait 'til spring. Winter rains will cause mud splashing that will have to be washed away before painting too. :(

Weather has been mighty cold, windy, wet and raw! Could have been snow though! Still they are working on the roof outriggers today. Roofing is not complete yet in that the ridge cap is not fully in place. Too windy for that today. Tomorrow will be colder but sunny. Roof should be complete and "ready to roll" by end of day tomorrow.

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 09:03 AM

Roof support outriggers are operational. Still some work on the ridgecap and then exterior clapboard siding.

Mount should go back in today at end-of-day.

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 02:54 PM

Roof is finally complete! The ridgecap proved a trial. It was preformed for a steeper slope. In adjusting it to fit the very shallow slope here, it got creased and had to be replaced. Took a lot longer than anyone would have thought.
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Clapboard siding going on now. Observatory is "useable."
Mount is back in place.

All before significant snowfall! :) :)

Should be "finished" Saturday due to expected rain tomorrow.

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 05:08 PM

Looking good!

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 11:39 AM

I contacted, or rather tried to contact, Skysheds about buying their jack kit. I got no response by either email, nor a phone message left?

Shed contractor said he didn't need 'em anyway and used scaffolding jacks instead.

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 11:42 AM

The weather remains typical for our early winter. Depressingly dreary and raw with drizzle and fog.

The work inches along as well as the rain, between the drizzle, allows.

Siding is well underway.

Only the gable ends remain to be sided now plus a few odds 'n ends here and there until completion.

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 12:43 PM

Nice looking building, Terry!
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Posted 06 December 2013 - 11:58 PM

Looks like it's coming along nicely Terry. The clapboard siding looks great too.

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 12:08 PM

Thanks, guys.

It is now finished. Attached is what the shed guy came up with to lock the roof against wind movement. Elegant, effective, easy, no additional hardware required.

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 12:16 PM

Next season, painting, flower boxes under the windows, landscaping and power. This winter I will have to make do with an extension cable. I can get to work making a few amenities, like a work table and some utilitarian shelving.

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 01:45 PM

Congrats!

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 08:38 AM

Looks awesome Terry. :cool: How about the walkway up to the doors? With all the rain you get in NS, I can see a mud pit there without some form of walkway. It would be a shame to track debris into your beautiful observatory.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 09:05 AM

Thanks Nemo and Hilmi: :)

Yes, a walkway would be somewhere between "nice" and absolutely essential! :p

As in the attached pic . . . conditions are somewhat "unfavourable" for anything much in this regard at this late date.

Next season!

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 11:53 AM

Oh, I just asked a question re: your siding in your other thread....

I love, love, love the natural look of the siding. :jump:

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 03:55 PM

Terry,Have you decided on what to use for closing the gaps on either end to eliminate snow or debris from getting inside?

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 06:53 PM

Hi Tim:

The gaps are pretty small. My shed guy did pretty well in that regard too. I'll live with it through a storm or two and see how it goes. We've only had a couple of inches so far and I saw no snow in there at all. But, of course, the real test is yet to come. No doubt there will be some driven snow penetration, especially where the tracks enter the building.

Also, my shed is pretty rough in there. I don't plan on gussying it up too much. I thought some Husky cabinets and a stainless steel bench from Home Depot would be good.

I'd sure like to get some electrical in there but the trenching season is over, I'll have to make do with an extension cord until spring. :(

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 01:01 PM

Well, here we are! Winter, an unending winter it seemed at times, finally came to an end.

I
1/wired
2/ painted
3/ installed some cabinets, and . . .

I think I'm done!

"I'm done!" Not the whole project is done. I need a walkway and some landscaping. That is a contractor's job! I have one. We have agreed on price and what is to be done. Hopefully it will take place this summer.

But I have a functioning observatory that I am happy with. There were too many times when I wondered if it would really happen.

Final pics follow . . .

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 01:02 PM

Interior . . .

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 01:02 PM

Interior 2 . . .

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 01:03 PM

A resident . . .

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