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MHamburg
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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #5950355 - 07/01/13 09:07 PM Attachment (82 downloads)

A brief update: I was able to put on the other layer of the floor before it rained (yet again!) I also finished the back filling of the electrical trench along with reseeding. I'm afraid I won't need to water this week.
Michael


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HunterofPhotons
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Loc: Rhode Island, USA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #5951118 - 07/02/13 10:59 AM

Hi Michael,
For future reference on your next construction project, plywood is strongest when its outside grain is laid perpendicular to floor joists, rafters, etc.

dan k.


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tim57064
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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: HunterofPhotons]
      #5951210 - 07/02/13 11:51 AM

More than likely you already thought of this, yet since you have insulation sandwiched between 2 layers of plywood,I hope you covered the top layer with some plastic before it rained again. Moisture will be trapped between the layers and promote mold and rot.

Edited by tim57064 (07/02/13 12:03 PM)


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MHamburg
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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: tim57064]
      #5952721 - 07/03/13 09:00 AM

I have invested in more plastic tarps in this one season than in all the years prior. Dan, yeah but this gave me the most surface and fewest cuts for the bucks, and the width is only about 66".
Michael


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MHamburg
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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6016047 - 08/09/13 03:07 PM Attachment (46 downloads)

Update: I have actually begun the framing of the warm room. Picture 1 shows the existing wall I removed to connect the buildings.
Michael


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MHamburg
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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6016052 - 08/09/13 03:10 PM Attachment (39 downloads)

Picture 2 shows the observatory as a drive-thru.
Michael


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MHamburg
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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6016057 - 08/09/13 03:12 PM Attachment (33 downloads)

Picture 3 shows the first wall framed. (Need some fire stops.)
Michael


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MHamburg
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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6016064 - 08/09/13 03:14 PM Attachment (33 downloads)

Picture 4 shows my little Orion 80mm ED I am using while the observatory resembles my basement workshop. More pics to follow and thanks for looking.
Michael


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MHamburg
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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6019691 - 08/11/13 08:45 PM Attachment (25 downloads)

A few more pics:

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MHamburg
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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6019695 - 08/11/13 08:46 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

#2:

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MHamburg
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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6019696 - 08/11/13 08:48 PM Attachment (36 downloads)

#3:

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SkipW
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Reged: 02/03/11

Loc: Oklahoma, USA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6019860 - 08/11/13 10:38 PM

2X6 studs, or are those 2X8? Either way, good idea.

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MHamburg
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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: SkipW]
      #6022550 - 08/13/13 09:59 AM

2x6s to accomodate the insulation for the protection against winter that is the premise for this addition.
Michael


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Starman27
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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6022681 - 08/13/13 11:26 AM

Looks like excellent construction effort. 2X6 will allow better insulation. Is the entrance to the dome using an insulated door? Glass?

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MHamburg
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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: Starman27]
      #6024112 - 08/13/13 10:40 PM

Hi Herman,
I plan to build an insulated door around a double-glazed window I already have. The devil is, of course, in the details. More pics to follow and thanks for looking.
Michael


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MHamburg
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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6029262 - 08/16/13 02:05 PM Attachment (31 downloads)

So now the walls are all framed and braced. Next comes the roof(s). I also need to build the insulated door between the new addition and the observatory so I can start to use the telescope again while construction continues.
Michael


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Toml08
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Loc: Evergeen, CO
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6029382 - 08/16/13 03:13 PM

Very nice build you have going, keep the pics coming.

CS,
Tom.


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MHamburg
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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: Toml08]
      #6029511 - 08/16/13 04:33 PM

Thanks a lot. Will do.
Michael


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MHamburg
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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6037269 - 08/20/13 08:32 PM Attachment (31 downloads)

Latest progress. Walls and roof are framed. Tomorrow plywood on roof and building paper on walls. This had turned out well but I am exhausted.
Michael


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MHamburg
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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6037275 - 08/20/13 08:35 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

#2: This is the "airlock" necessary for clearing the shutter as it rotates. (Low Bridge)
Michael


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