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#26 Starman27

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 08:07 AM

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#27 George P Dunham

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 08:45 PM

Digging footers.  It's going to get exciting up in here!

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 09:35 PM

I hope it all goes well and you get the foundation in before it rains.



#29 George P Dunham

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Posted 07 September 2014 - 09:27 AM

The bottom half of the telescope pier is being built through the 1st floor of the shop floor slab.

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Posted 07 September 2014 - 01:11 PM

I can't see rebar in the pier. Are you going to reinforce it and grout?



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Posted 05 October 2014 - 10:32 AM

Shop and observatory should be dried in by end of next week.  Ready for the dome in two weeks.  Hopefully not too much snow falls before then.

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Posted 05 October 2014 - 10:37 AM

The pier is on a 5x5 footer 5 feet under "floor".  Floor slab will be poured with a 1 inch gasket around the pier for isolation.  The pier will rise another 9 feet to the second floor and a 12 inch column will sit ontop of the pier.  The 12 inch pier will be ~36" tall will rebar and 4 J-bars to hold the mount.  I'm drooling right now!!! :)

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Posted 05 October 2014 - 10:42 AM

Side view of the shop.  I can't wait to move my tools and machines from my current 6' x 8' tiny shop to my 18' x 22' shop.....more drool!   The observatory will be ontop of the shop at the North end ( the right ).

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Posted 05 October 2014 - 10:49 AM

View from the south.  The roof trusses to go on Monday and the 10'x10' observatory will be framed in. The only issue that is not ideal is the stair and ladder combo entrance into the observatory from below.  The final 5 feet of entrance will be up a 62 degree "ships ladder" run into a "trap door".  There will be a 4'x4' deck off the observatory with a over enginered block and tackle rig for lifting heavey equipment into the observatory.   More pictures to follow.  Yay!

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Posted 05 October 2014 - 11:33 AM

Hello George P Dunham,

 

For your OBS electrical requirements you might consider a Solar/Battery/Inverter system and this would isolate you from the grid except to the battery charger.

 

Your project looks great, keep the photos coming.



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Posted 05 October 2014 - 12:15 PM

That has often crossed my mind.  I only need AC for computers.



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Posted 05 October 2014 - 12:24 PM

Hey again George,

 

A small invertor will take care of all the ac needs and the battery bank would run all the dc for weeks without sun/solar or any grid for the charger.

 

A friend is setting up a system to do his entire building in case of any extended power outage.

 

We live way out in the country and power outages is just a normal way of life.



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Posted 05 October 2014 - 02:14 PM

Would you share a manufacure and modle of the inverter and battery bank you have expericene with?  thanks



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Posted 05 October 2014 - 03:19 PM

What are all those framed-in rectangular openings about 3' up on the wall?

 

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Posted 05 October 2014 - 03:46 PM

Hello again George P Dunham,

 

Better yet here is a link to all of the supplies that you will need and great prices. This website has all of the information that you need to determine what size system to build, what size Controller, Inverter, Solar Panels, etc. Tons and tons of information in the column on the right under “Search” in the “All Products Index”. You can actually call them and describe you needs and they will ask you some more questions and then tell you what package they can put to together.

 

Not to make this sound complicated ( it is not )but once you read about some of the various system available it make sense. In this same column, click on “Package Systems” about half way down and you can view a lot of good information.

 

If you plan to build a system only to power the OBS for a given period of time, then it can be fairly small and a lot less complicated. One important point is that the key to your system is the Controller, so read up on them once you have determined the size of your system.

 

My friend is using Magnum Energy Remote Control unit, Canadian Solar Panels ( 235 Watt )
a total of sixteen, but you might only need from 2 to 4 panels.

 

You might look around and find a distributer near where you live and you could talk to them direct to aide in planning your system.

 

http://www.wholesale...cs6p-235NE.html

 

George here is a neat Calculator for power use in the house (OBS) and this website is also full of good information.   http://www.freesunpo...stem_sizing.php

 

No bigger demand than what you will have on your system your panels do not have to rotate to follow the sun but you do want to hinge them so that you can raise and lower them 4 times each year into the 3 different positions to get the best sun exposure.

 

Hope this is of some help,



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Posted 05 October 2014 - 05:07 PM

Dan...the shop is for woodworking/guitar making shop.  I need lots of day light neutral color.  Wall space is also at a primium.  I have 4  1x3 foot windows on the south side.  It's an odd configuration but I'm hoping it brings in the day light and gives me lots of storage up above.  I will have 3 skylights as well. 



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Posted 05 October 2014 - 06:36 PM

Dan...the shop is for woodworking/guitar making shop.  I need lots of day light neutral color.  Wall space is also at a primium.  I have 4  1x3 foot windows on the south side.  It's an odd configuration but I'm hoping it brings in the day light and gives me lots of storage up above.  I will have 3 skylights as well. 

 

Interesting and creative solution!  You'll have to let us know how it works out.

 

-Dan



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Posted 05 October 2014 - 11:09 PM

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 01:25 PM

The observatory 10' x 10' takes shape ontop of the shop.  All efforts are to get the building "dried in" before next week or two...snows gonna come soon.

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Posted 08 October 2014 - 05:47 AM

That is pretty much what I was going  to do  originally until I found out I'd need permits and engineering plans  to construct it here ...Live Free or Die !  What the heck happened to that :)

 

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Posted 08 October 2014 - 02:49 PM

It's looking good!



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Posted 08 October 2014 - 02:58 PM

This is looking great.



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Posted 09 October 2014 - 09:10 AM

Exploradome aluminum roof structure in place.  A couple of issues with roof panels not fitting and no instructions on how to tie the aluminum frame to the wall plates.  Gonna have to inprovise....any experience out there.  Expecting up to an 1.25" today and tonight.

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Posted 09 October 2014 - 09:13 AM

Shop framework in foreground and 8 foot dome in the back ground.

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Posted 09 October 2014 - 09:16 AM

Coming together.  Will need to correct roof panel fit and tie in aluminum frame before putting dome on.  Hoping by end of day and before rain.

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