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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6217019 - 11/26/13 11:39 AM

That looks way too cold for this warm-weather boy!

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dawziecat
Carpal Tunnel
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6221139 - 11/28/13 10:58 AM Attachment (22 downloads)

Wall panels came today. Clapboards will be added later.

Edited by dawziecat (11/28/13 10:59 AM)


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Raginar
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6221180 - 11/28/13 11:18 AM

Well happy thanksgiving to you

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csa/montana
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6221229 - 11/28/13 11:38 AM

I see an observatory taking shape!!!



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tim57064
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6221281 - 11/28/13 11:59 AM

Gotta Love Those doors.
Looks as though someones lurking inside,hiding,trying to stay out of the line of fire.

Edited by tim57064 (11/28/13 12:01 PM)


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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: tim57064]
      #6221563 - 11/28/13 02:06 PM Attachment (24 downloads)


The shed guy brought a roof sample and I decided on an off-white color that looks nice.

I had to remove the AP1600 from the pier as the guy was absolutely paranoid lest it get whacked!

Took the opportunity to tweak the top plate back into level after the pier settled. Pier has not moved since last checked so it seems to have found its rest position with a 0.8 degree lean toward the west. Top plate is as level as my spirit level can make it.


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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6223648 - 11/29/13 03:39 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

Rollers and tracks arrived. Gables are up. Work can proceed on the roof purlins and metal roofing.
No outriggers in place yet so there's no place for the roof to roll . . .other than onto the ground.


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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6224754 - 11/30/13 08:45 AM

Terry, looking good. Excellent craftsmanship. Are those V wheels on an inverted V track?

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csa/montana
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6224925 - 11/30/13 10:48 AM

Nice!! You are getting very close to having your observatory!

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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: Starman27]
      #6225132 - 11/30/13 12:43 PM Attachment (14 downloads)

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Terry, looking good. Excellent craftsmanship. Are those V wheels on an inverted V track?




Hi Herman:

No, they are 3" garage door tracks. Image of a pair attached.


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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6225138 - 11/30/13 12:48 PM Attachment (19 downloads)

Thanks, Carol. Yes, close now but a beautiful dark sky was wasted last night due to construction.

Windows mounted and roof framing complete. Steel roofing is on-site. Another week should see this useable, if still not cosmetically complete.

The roof rolls!


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Midnight Dan
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6225255 - 11/30/13 01:54 PM

Looking good! Very cool to see a semi-prefab observatory go up. Looks like the on-site work happens really fast!

-Dan


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Aquarist
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #6225453 - 11/30/13 03:57 PM

Almost enclosed! Cannot wait to see the finished product.

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Peter L.
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: Aquarist]
      #6228527 - 12/02/13 07:54 AM

You can tell from the pictures that a great deal of care is being taken in how this is put together. Something as simple as how the doors are constructed is a sign of that. You should have a great product at the end of the day.

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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: Peter L.]
      #6228660 - 12/02/13 09:37 AM Attachment (12 downloads)

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You can tell from the pictures that a great deal of care is being taken in how this is put together. Something as simple as how the doors are constructed is a sign of that. You should have a great product at the end of the day.




Thanks, Peter. I have confidence in these guys. The boss has taken the project under his wing. It's the first removable roof shed he's ever even heard of, let alone built himself but building sheds and cottages is how he makes his living. He built a garden shed for us ten years ago and I've seen other stuff he has built too so I know he does nice stuff!

Attached is a detail of the rollers and tracks. Sheet steel roofing goes on today. He hopes to have the outriggers and clapboards on by the end of the week but all depends on weather now.


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tim57064
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6228691 - 12/02/13 09:53 AM

Terry,When I saw the number of roller that were being used,I began to wonder what you decided to use.Thanks for the update and pic's showing what they are.
Those would have worked nicely for what I had and kept the roofs total height down,yet would have been a bit more expensive in the long run.
Glad to see you had been able to recycle a track from somewhere else. At least it appears to be a recycle track.


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Mirzam
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: tim57064]
      #6228739 - 12/02/13 10:20 AM

Do you plan to roll the roof off only part way? Or is there going to be some support structure to carry the roof load when it is open? Seems like a lot to ask of the garage door rails when the full leverage of the open roof is acting on a short section of rail. Maybe a counterweight on one end would help distribute the load?

JimC


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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: tim57064]
      #6228746 - 12/02/13 10:22 AM

Hi Tim:

The number of rollers, one per foot, is what the Skyshed plans call for.
We decided to go for 3" rather than the 2" in the plans.
Overkill, no doubt.


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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: Mirzam]
      #6228767 - 12/02/13 10:29 AM

Quote:

Do you plan to roll the roof off only part way? Or is there going to be some support structure to carry the roof load when it is open? load?

JimC




The outrigger support structure for the opened roof is just not in place yet. In the meantime, it has only been opened a little bit to test things out.

Opening it fully now would be an unmitigated catastrophe!!

I can hear the splintering and crashing!

Edited by dawziecat (12/02/13 10:32 AM)


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Midnight Dan
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6228783 - 12/02/13 10:37 AM

Does seem like an interesting thought though.

A properly engineered roof structure should be able to cantilever out to the side to a certain extent without additional support. A strong two sided rail, like the garage door track only heavier, would allow the roof to put a certain amount of upward force on the rail while the other end is hanging out in the breeze. Stops could prevent the roof from going too far, and the roof that remains over the observatory could be covering a warm room. Counterweights could also be incorporated to give a little more overhang distance.

Not suggesting you do this with your observatory, of course. Just thinking out loud. I don't think I've ever seen a cantilevered ROR design. Seems like it would be doable for people that had limited footprint space.

-Dan


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