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mikey cee
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Re: Gold Mtn Observatory new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #3781808 - 05/02/10 05:04 PM

Rob....Will the pier go up after the floor is laid? Who needs the hassle of muscling that animal through a door way. You'll have plenty of room to frame up the walls which will lay out on the decking. Mike

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Steve Fisher

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Re: Gold Mtn Observatory new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #3782388 - 05/02/10 09:33 PM

During my High School days my teacher tried to teach me the Pathagorean Theorem. He tried in vain.

It was at this juncture on my first framing session where I learned how to put this principle to work. If A squared plus B squared equals C squared then the building is square.

It is looking good.


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rwiederrich
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Re: Gold Mtn Observatory new [Re: mikey cee]
      #3782510 - 05/02/10 10:37 PM Attachment (65 downloads)

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Rob....Will the pier go up after the floor is laid? Who needs the hassle of muscling that animal through a door way. You'll have plenty of room to frame up the walls which will lay out on the decking. Mike




Man I'm tired...I'm building this thing by myself...so huffing lumber around is tiring. Yes I will build 3 walls first...then bring in the pier and bolt it down. Today I did all the mods I wanted to do and had to lay some blocking to support butting ends of sheeting...It was also drizzling..to make things real fun. I will have to go get another 10ft 2x10 to add another joist. I made a modification to my subfloor and it caused the joist to be moved...so Now I have to support the floor seam with anothr joist. I'll be ordering the wall materials...ie.. 2x4s and siding tomorrow.

I needed to get the scope disassembled so I had my daughter and the nieghbour help....OH DEAR LORD! That tube is freeking heaving with the spotters mounted and the lens in. Befoe I remount it I'll again remove everything and then mount it...way much easier.

Here is the scope just before we broke our backs getting it f down. I daughter got on the roof...I was on the ladder(to open the tube rings) and James was on the ground taking the weight....

Rob


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rwiederrich
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Re: Gold Mtn Observatory new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #3782518 - 05/02/10 10:41 PM Attachment (56 downloads)

And now some pics of the floor being layed.
Here I'm beginning to lay some floor.


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rwiederrich
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Re: Gold Mtn Observatory new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #3782538 - 05/02/10 10:56 PM

As you can see..I added the additional blocking for all the center suports...bolted them to the 2x10's at all locations and added additional floor blocking. The floor is exactly level with the top of the concrete pier. Kinda like I planned it.. I'll add some more blocking by where the steps will be bolted to the outer 2x10 on the North side(shallowest side) After all the sheeting is layed I will snap lines where the joist are and nail away. I put a leading nail at the edge of each sheet on a joist..so I can simply snap a line from it. I'll snap lines on the first sheets layed first...then nail. (easier I think)

I'm beat!

Rob


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Sky Captain
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Re: Gold Mtn Observatory new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #3782576 - 05/02/10 11:15 PM

Thats incredible Rob! Nice job.

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rwiederrich
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Re: Gold Mtn Observatory new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #3782609 - 05/02/10 11:30 PM

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Thats incredible Rob! Nice job.




Thanks bro..I hope to have 3 walls up by next week...then I'll borrow my daughers friends to help take the Cave head off the pier...so we can relocate it to the OB pier base.

Thanks again.

Rob


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Chris Schroeder
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Re: Gold Mtn Observatory new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #3783076 - 05/03/10 07:43 AM

My back hurts just looking at the OTA of your refractor.

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rwiederrich
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Re: Gold Mtn Observatory new [Re: Chris Schroeder]
      #3783415 - 05/03/10 11:26 AM

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My back hurts just looking at the OTA of your refractor.




Well I'm feeling super today.... ...I'm guessing the tube weighs about 250lbish. Taking it down was waaay harder then putting it up..since I added everything after the tube was cradled. We got'er down and now I'll finish some touchups and tinker on the dew cap before it is once again completely disassembled so it can be again reassembled in the OB. The tube weighs about 120 by itself(including spotter brackets and baffle system, and back plate/lens cell adapter)

Lumber for the walls and roofs external support arrives on Tuesday...giving me today to finish up the floor.

Rob


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Aircrftr
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Re: Gold Mtn Observatory new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #3785312 - 05/04/10 09:09 AM

WOW!! that is one big honkin scope!!! Just.... Wow

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rwiederrich
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Re: Gold Mtn Observatory new [Re: Aircrftr]
      #3785349 - 05/04/10 09:31 AM

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WOW!! that is one big honkin scope!!! Just.... Wow




Thanks...and it NEEDS a nice big ROR OB......I disassembled it and removed the OTA to the scope garage..so I can dismount the Cave head and get the 8ft pier in the OB.

Rob


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rwiederrich
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Re: Gold Mtn Observatory new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #3786779 - 05/04/10 09:29 PM

Amidts the rain and wind I finished the floor of my OB today.

Yesterday my sweety wanted to go shoping at the mall instead.... of let me work on the floor.

I know when to tow the line.....

The lumber for the walls and roof support arrived today...so I'll begin tomorrow building walls...

I'm gonna need help for that I'm sure.

Next...3 walls.

Rob


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RobVG
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Re: Gold Mtn Observatory new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #3788709 - 05/05/10 09:19 PM


I have Saturday morning/afternoon free. I you need an extra mule PM me.

Rob(VG)


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rwiederrich
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Re: Gold Mtn Observatory new [Re: RobVG]
      #3788880 - 05/05/10 11:17 PM Attachment (41 downloads)

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I have Saturday morning/afternoon free. I you need an extra mule PM me.

Rob(VG)





Rob..my sweety says I will be available after 12:30....

She has Friday off and so she said she'd help me too....

Just let me know if you still want to make it for an afternoon gig. I can use you to help take the head of the pier...so we can move the pier into the OB.... so we can finish the South wall...

I put up the framing for the North wall...all by myself today. The walls will be 2.5" shorter then the siding so there is room for the rollers to be hidden behind the siding.

Here are some first pics.

Rob


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rwiederrich
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Re: Gold Mtn Observatory new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #3788890 - 05/05/10 11:21 PM Attachment (51 downloads)

And one from the North side. I'm going to recess the 4x6x18 beam 2ft into the wall. I didn't set the door header..yest cuz I'm not sure what hight I want the door yet. No problem to hang the header later.

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rwiederrich
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Re: Gold Mtn Observatory new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #3788907 - 05/05/10 11:28 PM Attachment (51 downloads)

And one with the lumber pile. I have everything in there for the walls and the support frame for the roof..just not the roof material. That will be next after the walls are finished...

Fun fun fun. Those are 8ft walls..same hight at the steel pier.

Rob


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mikey cee
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Re: Gold Mtn Observatory new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #3789078 - 05/06/10 02:36 AM

Give or take a few inches that's just what I did. Ya' gots to have high walls when ya' has a refractor....no two ways about it. Mike

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Galaxyhunter
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Re: Gold Mtn Observatory new [Re: mikey cee]
      #3789194 - 05/06/10 06:58 AM

Nice job Rob, Looks like your coming right along.

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rwiederrich
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Re: Gold Mtn Observatory new [Re: mikey cee]
      #3789309 - 05/06/10 08:48 AM

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Give or take a few inches that's just what I did. Ya' gots to have high walls when ya' has a refractor....no two ways about it. Mike




Hey Mike....Exactly how big is your OB?

Rob


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rwiederrich
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Re: Gold Mtn Observatory [Re: Galaxyhunter]
      #3789321 - 05/06/10 09:00 AM

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Nice job Rob, Looks like your coming right along.




Thanks....I'm building the South wall today.

I was talking to my wife about the build and I mentioned I will be putting in a small window on the East side so I can see to the house....then while saying it it dawned on me....wait! A window means any light she may want to turn on will quickly and easily shine into the OB. I don't want that..I want as much darkness as possible. What am I thinking....it isn't just a warm room...its the inside of the OB....

Neadless to say...I'm nixin the window.

Rob


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