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Megabusa
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6137981 - 10/14/13 10:24 PM

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Carol & Nate,I want to thank you both for your responses.

Nate,We've had bad weather all day today.There were times where the rain was coming down sideways and what was coming off the roof was being blown back up into the air. You could clearly see that happening on the OBS from inside our house.
I have not been out there all day because of rain yet I am sure,since the skirting is still not on, that the floor of the OBS is probably very wet.
At least it is protected since I painted the floor not long after installing.
The rain is suppose to persist thru tomorrow and we have already had over 2 inches today alone,so far.


I'm sorry to hear about all that bad weather you guys are having ,

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Aquarist
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Megabusa]
      #6138502 - 10/15/13 08:20 AM

Wow, when it rains, it must REALLY pour. Two inches??? Be glad it is not snow, I guess.

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mikey cee
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Aquarist]
      #6138683 - 10/15/13 10:00 AM

Tim I enclosed my ceilings with 1/4" AC plywood and nailed it off with 3d box galvnized. You could use an air nailer if you had one. It's work but it gives the roof a finished look and keeps the wasp and spider nests out permanently. Mike

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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: mikey cee]
      #6138760 - 10/15/13 10:48 AM

We had a total of 2.76 inches of rain and at times it was coming down horizontally.
I went out to check the OBS this morning and to my surprise,even with no skirting covering the gap between the roof and the walls,there was NO Water inside on the floor! Yeah! There was some paper towels I had left out there also and they were dry too. Unbelievable.
Now it has to quit drizzling so I can get back to work. I have some extra items to go back to Menards and can use that money to get the skirting material and the vertical boards for the siding and trim.

Thanks Nate and Steve for your replies. Yeah, 2 3/4"'s of rain would have been well over 2 feet of snow. Like what Rapid City got a week ago.

Mike,I do want to cover the ceiling. Since I have 2"x6" rafters,thinking of insulating them also. Then the 1/4" ac plywood would be easy and light enough to install.Would look really nice finished off also.
I have been using both an air nailer and decking screws for the build.


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Megabusa
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Loc: Page ,AZ
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6139159 - 10/15/13 02:14 PM

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We had a total of 2.76 inches of rain and at times it was coming down horizontally.
I went out to check the OBS this morning and to my surprise,even with no skirting covering the gap between the roof and the walls,there was NO Water inside


I'm glad to hear that you have NO problems ,WOW! talk about a Silver lining around the Clouds, I'm going to start hanging around you because you have friends upstairs

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mikey cee
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6139640 - 10/15/13 07:07 PM

Tim are you going to install "joists" for a ceiling? Hope so that would be a nightmare attaching plywood under the rafters. I went 24" o.c. then put in flat 2x4 blocks 22.5" long between the joists where your long edges on the 1/4" AC run. Your square footage is small enough it shouldn't take but a few sheets. MIke

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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: mikey cee]
      #6140446 - 10/16/13 08:58 AM

Mike,Thanks for your input and advice,Yet I like the vaulted ceiling look with the different angles.
I do not want to ruin all that work by adding the horizontal joists. If I have to,I have access to a drywall jack to assist in getting the plywood sheets up and in the correct position.
I installed drywall on my entire basement ceiling without the assistance of a drywall jack yet that was a number of years ago. I had just built T supports out of 2'x4"'s to hold the sheets up while screwing them in. I think that 1/4" plywood would be much easier to put up than drywall.
Also Mike,I like the headroom inside and the more open feeling I get by having the higher ceiling.
I wanted a bigger building yet cost and the wife held me to the 10'x12' size. I originally wanted 2 piers inside.


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6140451 - 10/16/13 09:02 AM

Nate, I think I would rather hang out in Arizona than up here with winter coming on. Your replies are continually appreciated. Need a Graemln with ice hanging off his/her brow/arms and shivering.

Edited by tim57064 (10/16/13 09:03 AM)


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6140465 - 10/16/13 09:10 AM

The Clouds have finally parted so I need to get my tail in gear today to get the exterior trim and skirting up. Suppose to get to 54 today and be in the 50's for the next week with lows in the 30's. Yet possible rain at least 3 out of the next 7 days again. Do not think it will get painted 'til next spring. Pine/ Spruce trim and skirts will be okay for one winter season so not worried about that.

Edit: Just went out to get set up and found Ice in the bird bath and covering my decks on the house. BRRRRR!

Edited by tim57064 (10/16/13 09:39 AM)


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6140560 - 10/16/13 10:10 AM

Coming along nicely and looking great Tim!

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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6140616 - 10/16/13 10:33 AM

Tim hey that's cool. It's just that I had to put ceiling joists in mine to have a "deck" if you will to build the 2x6 rafters upon. A hip roof requires a slightly different strategy when considering the end common and jack rafters. Are you going with a flat vault at the top dictated by your collar ties? Lots of tough angles there but like I always say anything worth a damn requires effort!! Mike

Edited by mikey cee (10/16/13 10:36 AM)


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Megabusa
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6141136 - 10/16/13 03:18 PM

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Nate, I think I would rather hang out in Arizona than up here with winter coming on. Your replies are continually appreciated. Need a Graemln with ice hanging off his/her brow/arms and shivering.


,TIM ! Let Me know when Your coming over and My Wife will make a fresh Pot of Coffee Nate

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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Megabusa]
      #6141773 - 10/16/13 08:51 PM

Thank you so much Bob.

Hello Mike,Thanks for your reply and question about the collar tie at the peak.I had put those in place when I started for reinforcement "till the roof was done.My intention was and is to take them down yet I will decide that for sure when I get to working on the inside.

Nate ,How about 6:30 in the morning as I have been getting up at that time lately. I thought that when I retired,by no choice of my own by the way,that there would be no more early mornings. Not the case I guess.I can't stand to sleep in any more.


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6141820 - 10/16/13 09:13 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

Well,I was able to get done with what I wanted to today except that I was 2 boards shy of finishing the verticals. I had forgotten to get enough wood so as that I could trim out the window.
I opted for now to use 2 of what was intended for the corners for the window trim instead.
I was also able to get up all of the skirting around the gap between the casters and the walls. Again,except where I had planned to put a movable flap on the east side of the OBS.
At least if it does rain tomorrow there definitely will be no water inside.
Finishing the exterior painting will have to wait now 'til Spring, I refuse to paint in temps below 60 degrees F.

Here is the first of a few pic's I took from today.


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6141827 - 10/16/13 09:15 PM Attachment (17 downloads)

Here is another shot,Northwest corner showing the west side.

Edited by tim57064 (10/16/13 11:47 PM)


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6141834 - 10/16/13 09:17 PM

Looks really good. Now that I am retired, I wish I could force myself to sleep until 6:30. Old habits die really hard. Once you have the observatory up and running, you may find yourself getting up REALLY early to go out and check the skies. From my SQM monitoring, I find that darkest skies occur around 12:30 to 4:30.

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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6141839 - 10/16/13 09:19 PM Attachment (21 downloads)

Here is another showing the east and the gap that I have yet to cover using a flap that will be made of a minimum 1"x6" board and hinges. I will have a gate or wood storm door latch to hold it up towards the front of the OBS.

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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6141845 - 10/16/13 09:25 PM Attachment (15 downloads)

One last shot of the sidings vertical boards,from the east end showing the south side.

My Board and Batten siding is more or less complete.
I used 1"x3" boards for the verticals and 1"x4" boards for the corners and window trim.


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6141848 - 10/16/13 09:28 PM Attachment (13 downloads)

Last but not least,for now,This image is of the 2"x12" board that I used for a stop on the west side of the OBS. The image shows the detail of the cutout around the angle iron that is the track for the Roll Off Roof.

Edited by tim57064 (10/16/13 09:30 PM)


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. [Re: Aquarist]
      #6141905 - 10/16/13 09:59 PM

Steve the problem for me will be getting me out of the thing. When viewing ,I tend to pull all nighters. At least now,during the new moon periods,I'll be able to go out when ever I want without having to setup.

Imaging will now be more fun as there will be no tear down time. Just shut everything off and close the roof.
Man,I cannot wait to be done.

Oh and most importantly,Thank You.

Edited by tim57064 (10/16/13 10:01 PM)


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