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#26 Gary Gause

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 07:50 PM

no matter how you look at it, it is indeed one sick pier. thank you.

-gary

#27 Gary Gause

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 07:56 PM

time-lapse video of two days of the build. not very interesting given it was truss work mostly, but it is a start for what will hopefully be a video of the whole build.

and yeah, goats like the work site.

http://youtu.be/y8iJJcTY_Vo

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#28 Starman27

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 09:19 AM

Thanks for the video. It wore me out. I had to take a nap after watching it. Good looking build though.

#29 Gary Gause

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 07:06 PM

walls are going up.

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#30 Gary Gause

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 07:06 PM

rained out for the day. hopefully tomorrow won't be so bad.

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#31 FOUNTAIN1

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 07:14 PM

Looking great Gary! Looking forward to more pictures as you make progress.

#32 Gary Gause

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 04:57 PM

raising the last wall.

#33 Gary Gause

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 06:37 PM

rails for the roof.

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#34 woolbrig

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 06:45 PM

It's looking good!

#35 Gary Gause

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 09:29 PM

thanks everyone. hopefully we'll get some trusses up tomorrow and see if this baby moves.

#36 Gary Gause

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 08:19 PM

getting closer. 4x6 roof rails.

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#37 DeanAK

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 05:19 AM

This is looking great so far, I can't wait to see how it turns out. I'm a little curious about your pier plans, before now I've never heard of adhesive bolts so I had to look them up. Using these sound like the best way to pour the footing before concerning one's self with having to already know the needed bolt pattern. Was that your reason for using these instead of pouring with the bolts?
I'm hoping to start working on my obs soon and this has been a concern of mine since I don't yet have a pier.

#38 Gary Gause

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 11:13 AM

I chose adhesive bolts for a few reasons:

1. I wanted to be sure to have a smooth surface to mount the steel pier to. A plywood bolt form would be in the way of finishing work.

2. I wanted to "separate concerns" and focus on pier building one day and proper bolt alignment on another day when I was fresh.

3. I haven't decided what steel pier I will use on the other concrete pier, so the bolt pattern couldn't be finalized.

That said, I have not personally worked with adhesive bolts before, but my partner in crime has used them throughout his career to hold down heavy laundry equipment. After some research, I found steel pier installation instructions that mentioned adhesive bolts and some university observatories that use adhesive.

I'll let you know how it goes. Should be installing them in a couple weeks.

-Gary

#39 HunterofPhotons

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 11:36 AM

...That said, I have not personally worked with adhesive bolts before....


Don't drill near an edge.

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#40 Gary Gause

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 12:08 AM

and finally the roof starts to come together.

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#41 Gary Gause

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 01:51 PM

things are going slowly, but the observatory is usable now.  upgraded my mount to a g11 and moved my 8 inch lx90 ota over.  so far so good.  the observatory looks a little big for this scope though.  i think an upgrade to the ota is due.

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#42 Dr Morbius

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 04:02 PM

Nice job - keep the pictures coming!



#43 iwannabswiss

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 10:24 PM

Wonderful work.  The progress is an enjoyment to watch.



#44 Toml08

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Posted 15 August 2014 - 08:23 AM

Congrats very nice build you have there, enjoy.

 

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 12:21 AM

Solid build. What type of wheels are you running on your roof track?

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 01:45 PM

Very cool, Gary! Thanks for the photos.

 

I'd be interested in seeing the adhesive bolt install too.

 

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#47 MAURITS

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 06:22 AM

Very nice project !  :waytogo:

 

Well done.








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