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csa/montana
Den Mama
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5921867 - 06/15/13 09:18 AM

That staircase is super awesome! Recycling the available wood +1, and another +1 for the beautiful, natural beauty that railing brings to your observatory!

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hm insulators
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5929274 - 06/19/13 01:38 PM

That's going to be lovely when you're done!

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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: hm insulators]
      #5936234 - 06/23/13 11:41 AM

Ready for oil!

Well.... nearly...

I have one tread at the top of the stairs left to cut and install. It's a bit tricky because it is surrounded on two sides by thick steel and some bolts, lips, edges etc - lots to custom-cut around to make it fit.

The insulation is back in the walls with every nook and cranny stuffed to keep the temperatures out/in and also a bit of soundproofing.

The bulk of the work is done but there are a couple of gaps that I want to fill and tidy up. Now the wall-panelling can be cut for the stairs and fitted on the walls.



Big hole!

As soon as the stairs are dressed, there's the issue of the long drop from the top floor. A bannister needs to be constructed with a gate at the top of the stairs.

Stay tuned for the updates as I get to the task.



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Mary B
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5936676 - 06/23/13 04:12 PM

Old fashioned craftsmanship is what that is I can't wait to see it all stained and finished.

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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Mary B]
      #5946013 - 06/29/13 06:05 AM

^^^ Thanks mate!

Spent today building the upstairs banister out of steel. The thing is rock-steady. Soon I will bolt in some thick board behind it, which gives me three functions.... it blocks some light from below, (even though later there will be drop-hatches over the hole anyway).... it stops my young toddler from crawling through gaps when he's chillin' up there with me..... and finally, it gives me something to put some charts and space photos/posters on. There will be a gate on the end (left of photo) to stop folks from accidentally falling down the stairs.



Downstairs, I cut one more dead tree down to provide the final post on the far left. I also cut the wall-panelling for the stairs. The wall above the stairs is filled, now to put in the panelling for the wall underneath them.



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JoseBorrero
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5947361 - 06/29/13 11:58 PM

great looking

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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: JoseBorrero]
      #5947730 - 06/30/13 09:22 AM

Quote:

great looking




Thank you Jose.


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Mike I. Jones
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5961340 - 07/08/13 10:29 PM

Lordy, dude, that staircase is BEAUTIFUL! And quite original!

Thought about what to cover your fiberglass insulation with? I used this on the underside of my roll-off roof and it works like a champ.

Well done,
Mike


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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Mike I. Jones]
      #5965532 - 07/11/13 11:22 AM

Quote:

Lordy, dude, that staircase is BEAUTIFUL! And quite original!

Thought about what to cover your fiberglass insulation with? I used this on the underside of my roll-off roof and it works like a champ.

Well done,
Mike




Thanks Mike. I'm just going to put Gyprock (plasterboard) up on the ceiling. Good suggestion mate.

Baz.


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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5965533 - 07/11/13 11:22 AM

SOOOOOO CLOSE!!

I can almost taste completion! The banister is looking great now filled in, painted, gate on one end and a big thick natural timber handrail to dress it all off.

Upstairs the only big job left is to lay the carpet properly then instal the lighting. That will conclude the upstairs construction and fitout.

Full construction page here.







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csa/montana
Den Mama
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5965615 - 07/11/13 12:24 PM

What a great job on the unstairs banister! I love the yellow markings to give warning it's there! The staircase & railing are absolutely gorgeous! I commend you on using the dead trees around you, & giving them new life in your observatory!

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Orion4211
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5966366 - 07/11/13 09:13 PM

This observatory is an inspiration. I love it! and your site and story behind the building of it. Be blessed!

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mikey cee
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Orion4211]
      #5967222 - 07/12/13 11:21 AM

This is just tooooooo damn good! IMHO of course. Mike

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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5970042 - 07/14/13 07:59 AM

Bless you all folks!

Yes, I'm getting pretty excited now that it is so close to finishing and to be quite honest... a little relieved. I've been building this one for around three years and the last one took me over a year to build too.

Once this is complete, then I have to build a pergola/deck of the front of my house which will be a breeze compared to an observatory and hopefully take me a fraction of the time.

Once the deck is done, that's it for big building projects for me. Hopefully then I can just concentrate on creative stuff in the workshop. My Iron Man suit needs to be finished and when that's done, I'm thinking of building a life-sized MK II Colonial Viper in the back yard, to be transported to locations, photographed and eventually sold, making room for the next creative project.


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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5975525 - 07/17/13 07:47 AM

1. I sold some of my unused astrophotography accessories this week, so I was able to afford some plasterboard to start covering the ceiling. It will be good to seal all that fibreglass insulation in and fit the lights.


2. I have found some foam-rubber on a roll that seals nicely the gap between the dome-support ring, and the dome ring itself. I've glued it to the bottom ring only, so the top ring slides nicely along it without binding or too much resistance around the circumference of the dome. You can see it just above the unlaid carpet in the picutre below. The other issue is to seal the light-leak from where the dome panels meet the weather skirt, as well as cover the sharp edge of the sheet-metal.


3. I cut some of the foam rubber into short strips and glued them all in. It dresses off nicely and makes it safer and light-proof.


4. Just to give it a bit more of a finished look, I've adhered the caution-tape to it. Looks good and clearly distinguishes the edge of the dome.


5. I think I'll leave it at that for caution-tape or else it will take over. The carpet looks worse and worse as the dome and fittings improve, but the great news is that someone has offered me much nicer carpet!


6. The stairwell is coming lose to completion too. A few sharp edges to clean up and a gap to fill and dress, then some trim around the end of each tread and it's done.


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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5976183 - 07/17/13 03:14 PM

The yellow-and-black caution tape is a nice touch. Adds a little color.

What color will the new carpet be? I was thinking perhaps a maroon colored carpet would be nice.


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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! [Re: hm insulators]
      #5976869 - 07/17/13 09:39 PM

Quote:

The yellow-and-black caution tape is a nice touch. Adds a little color.

What color will the new carpet be? I was thinking perhaps a maroon colored carpet would be nice.




If it's free I can't be too fussy....


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Deven Matlick
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5976964 - 07/17/13 10:57 PM

Don't forget vapor barrier in that ceiling!

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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! [Re: Deven Matlick]
      #5990872 - 07/26/13 08:43 AM

Got a spare few dollars this week so I could afford the last two sheets of plasterboard for the ceiling downstairs.

This afternoon, it was a race for the light as the sun set after work. I lay all eight pieces down, built a new compass and drew the radius out to fit inside the round building.

As I ran out of light, I managed to score the paper then used a plasterboard hand-saw to cut one sheet to size.





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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5992381 - 07/27/13 02:56 AM

I'll do my best to keep it interesting in it's final stages. I'll have to make my Iron Man build the next saga for you guys.

I made a start today as I had a few hours of beautiful sunlight to work with this morning.

Rather than purchase or hire those expensive adjustable struts to hold up the plaster, I made up these two supports out of some scrap wood. They are just a fraction too long, which give me the ability to wedge them in under the plasterboard as I hold it up to the ceiling. Easy peasy.

I got half the ceiling up so I should be finished the rest by the end of this weekend.






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