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lamplight
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 09/18/12

Loc: western MA, U.S.
Re: Observatory upgrades, additions, etc. ? new [Re: Pat at home]
      #5603810 - 01/03/13 10:27 PM

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I plan on actually building one this year, upgrades might come later.



+1
And small, but that will be great


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microstar
Pooh-Bah


Reged: 01/05/08

Loc: Canada
Re: Observatory upgrades, additions, etc. ? new [Re: ShawnPreston]
      #5606542 - 01/05/13 12:47 PM

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Ugh, so pleased with my observatory, yet so many upgrades I want to do!

- cover roll-off tracks so ice doesn't build up in them

I always have great intentions of doing these things before winter, but never remember how much I NEED to until the snow flies!

Shawn




Shawn, snow covers for the rails was suggested to me a couple of years ago. Still one of the simplest and most useful upgrades I've made. Keeps the snow from melting then freezing in the rails. I can remember my first few winters spraying de-icer in the rails to try to get rid of the ice. No more (as long as I remember to flip them back over after my sessions).

Re upgrades. I need to build a larger cover over top of the door to shed the snow from the door area. Do you get the impression we get snow here? It's not unusual to have 5 or 6' over a 5-month period here. I spend a lot of time pulling the snow off the roof.
...Keith


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csa/montana
Den Mama
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Reged: 05/14/05

Loc: montana
Re: Observatory upgrades, additions, etc. ? new [Re: microstar]
      #5607329 - 01/05/13 09:30 PM

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I need to build a larger cover over top of the door to shed the snow from the door area.




What type of cover do you have over your door? Show a close-up photo? I'd like to add one, as well.


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microstar
Pooh-Bah


Reged: 01/05/08

Loc: Canada
Re: Observatory upgrades, additions, etc. ? new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5608082 - 01/06/13 11:05 AM

You can see the small gable-type cover in my signature picture. That worked well except that I modified a small shelf and it wasn't outdoor material; I had to remove it last summer so I can't show you a pic of what it looked like in detail. This fall, as a stopgap, I just put a piece of 2x8 over the door but it isn't wide enough to be very effective. So this coming summer I need to build something that extends out farther, probably similar to the gable design I originally had and extending out about a foot.
...Keith


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csa/montana
Den Mama
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Reged: 05/14/05

Loc: montana
Re: Observatory upgrades, additions, etc. ? new [Re: microstar]
      #5608147 - 01/06/13 11:34 AM

Difficult to see detail in the avatar picture. Since my door isn't the full height of a regular door; I don't want something that will stick out too far, for a "head banger". Just something to divert the melting snow, from the door itself. I'm thinking something like the aluminum corner trim for houses. It's "L" shaped, and I can just screw it on, over the door, and caulk across where it attaches to the observatory. I would round the two outer edges beforehand.

I don't want to put up raingutter, as it would simply freeze during the winter; and I don't want to use anything to heat them.


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Shannon s
sage


Reged: 06/21/09

Loc: Bartow FL.
Re: Observatory upgrades, additions, etc. ? new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5608201 - 01/06/13 12:03 PM

Mine is getting a turret.

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1965healy
The Snarkster
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Reged: 06/23/07

Loc: San Antonio, TX
Re: Observatory upgrades, additions, etc. ? new [Re: Shannon s]
      #5608241 - 01/06/13 12:21 PM

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Mine is getting a turret.




With a big gun?


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Shannon s
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Reged: 06/21/09

Loc: Bartow FL.
Re: Observatory upgrades, additions, etc. ? new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5608344 - 01/06/13 01:13 PM

TEE HEE.

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csa/montana
Den Mama
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Reged: 05/14/05

Loc: montana
Re: Observatory upgrades, additions, etc. ? new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5608494 - 01/06/13 02:12 PM

Here's an old thread showing how members cover their railings during the winter; thought you might enjoy reading thru it.

Rail Covers


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