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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Construction Begins
      #5817988 - 04/23/13 05:04 PM Attachment (280 downloads)

So the snow has finally melted and the ground has thawed! I have begun my modest but long-desired warm room extension. Here is a shot of the dimensions and when laid out, I realized it will be the size of a bathroom (but will not function as such.)
Michael


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roscoe
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Reged: 02/04/09

Loc: NW Mass, inches from VT
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #5819336 - 04/24/13 09:14 AM

Looks like a good start! Now, just photoshop a couple of pieces of concrete into that photo, and you're good to go!
(if only it were that easy......)
R


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dmdouglass
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Reged: 12/23/07

Loc: Tempe, AZ
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: roscoe]
      #5820022 - 04/24/13 03:22 PM

Well... based on the photo showing the obs off the ground... i doubt he will be pouring concrete...

And what a photo !! How about a wider view, from back a ways... It appears as if that is a beautiful location !!


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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: dmdouglass]
      #5820881 - 04/24/13 09:31 PM Attachment (128 downloads)

Thanks for the comments! I am running two beams from a ledger attached to one of the sides of my octagonal observatory that will be supported on the outlier end by two concrete piers. The plan is to connect the warm room to the obs with an internal (insulated with window)door. (BTW, I suffer from Arizona envy.) The attached photo was for selling this scope, (I did. I have a C11 Edge HD that I love) but you get an idea of the observatory.
Michael


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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #5846321 - 05/07/13 06:40 PM Attachment (121 downloads)

Small update: This is definitely going to take longer than I had hoped. These old muscles can no longer be tortured as I used to do. Anyway I forgot how hard it is to back fill a hole by hand. I am hoping that once I get out of the dirt, I will have an easier time.
Michael

Edited by MHamburg (05/07/13 06:41 PM)


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Aquarist
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Reged: 08/27/12

Loc: Illinois
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #5850479 - 05/09/13 05:05 PM

My muscles ache responsively when thinking about this project.

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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: Aquarist]
      #5851816 - 05/10/13 11:17 AM

Thanks a lot, Steve.
Michael


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MHamburg
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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #5865280 - 05/16/13 05:34 PM Attachment (88 downloads)

Small step 2: The two piers are in and I have survived!! As soon as they have fully cured, I will start the floor framing. It feels good to be out of the ground.
Michael


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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #5913477 - 06/10/13 04:07 PM Attachment (64 downloads)

Just a few new photos for the update.

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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #5913482 - 06/10/13 04:09 PM Attachment (61 downloads)

Joists in place. (BTW: all framing is pressure treated for the floor framing.)

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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #5913488 - 06/10/13 04:11 PM Attachment (63 downloads)

Pressure treated ply for the bottom layer of the insulation "sandwich" that will be the floor.

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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #5913495 - 06/10/13 04:14 PM Attachment (71 downloads)

2" of foamboard insulation which will be covered with 5/8" exterior ply for the floor (later to be carpeted.)I will post a couple of pics of the electrical extension tomorrow. Now I have to figure a way to stop the rain. Thanks for looking.
Michael


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jazle
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Reged: 05/20/10

Loc: California, USA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #5913801 - 06/10/13 07:06 PM

Take a vacation. Skies always clear up at home when you're away. Looks good. That insulation is wonderful stuff. I used the 1" stuff on the inside of a Rubbermaid Shed and it made a remarkable impact on keeping it cool during the day and holding in the warmth at night. 2" will be even better!

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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: jazle]
      #5914735 - 06/11/13 09:52 AM Attachment (62 downloads)

Thanks, Jason. I forgot what vacation means.

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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #5914736 - 06/11/13 09:53 AM Attachment (66 downloads)

Another angle:

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roscoe
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Reged: 02/04/09

Loc: NW Mass, inches from VT
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #5915830 - 06/11/13 08:56 PM

Good idea to put ply under your foam, Michael. It'll help a lot to keep critters from making cushy pink nests.....
Russ


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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: roscoe]
      #5917382 - 06/12/13 05:23 PM Attachment (66 downloads)

And you know how many critters would love to do just that! The electrician got a deal on this service panel. I guess I could run a big cooler off this service. Michael

Edited by MHamburg (06/12/13 05:24 PM)


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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #5917392 - 06/12/13 05:27 PM Attachment (77 downloads)

Look at the poor ground after all this rain (with more on its way!)
Michael


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roscoe
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Reged: 02/04/09

Loc: NW Mass, inches from VT
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #5917685 - 06/12/13 08:42 PM

I'm guessing a 100-amp/20 circuit service will do, but only for a modest observatory.......Mt Palomar or something.......

Looks like a few days of dry weather coming over the weekend..... hopefully you'll be able to see the bottom of your trench again.
R


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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: roscoe]
      #5918529 - 06/13/13 10:59 AM

I actually got the trench back-filled late yesterday in anticipation of today's rain.
Michael


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