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MHamburg
scholastic sledgehammer
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6110222 - 09/30/13 10:41 PM Attachment (43 downloads)

Update: I took advantage of the glorious weather and finished up a lot of the exterior work such as door and window trim and battens. Next step is to wire and insulate.. Then I can really work inside the new addition.
Michael


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MHamburg
scholastic sledgehammer
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6110226 - 09/30/13 10:43 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

The other side:

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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6110239 - 09/30/13 10:45 PM Attachment (23 downloads)

One more: This was the toughest area to work on as I had to literally squeeze myself into contortions to raise a hammer.

Edited by MHamburg (09/30/13 10:46 PM)


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MHamburg
scholastic sledgehammer
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6110243 - 09/30/13 10:48 PM Attachment (20 downloads)

I constructed an interior insulated door around an old double-glazed window I "recovered" from our town dump.

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MHamburg
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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6110244 - 09/30/13 10:49 PM Attachment (27 downloads)

It actually works!!

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csa/montana
Den Mama
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Reged: 05/14/05

Loc: montana
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6110287 - 09/30/13 11:13 PM

The outside really is beautiful! I love the "recovered" window that will now see a new life in your door! Very nice job!

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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6110996 - 10/01/13 11:13 AM

As always, thanks for your kind words, Carol.
Michael


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wavecloud
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Reged: 09/22/13

Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6111060 - 10/01/13 11:50 AM

How'd you make that dome?

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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: wavecloud]
      #6111403 - 10/01/13 03:04 PM

Basically it is .025" sheet aluminum pop-riveted onto 1/8" aluminum bars. The base ring and frame for the shutter are rolled angle iron. It is not as elegant as the commercial versions, but it has withstood time and weather for 25 years. I will post some detail pics asap.
Michael


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tim57064
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Reged: 08/23/12

Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6114837 - 10/03/13 10:13 AM

Wow, that is one thick and wide door.Looking great and I love your choice of siding also.

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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Construction Begins [Re: tim57064]
      #6116893 - 10/04/13 10:04 AM

Thanks, Tim. The siding continues the look of all the buildings on the property. I guess I got used to building in that style. I really wanted to make sure the dome room is thermally isolated from the control room. I will update with pics as I inch forward. Thanks for comments.
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]
      #6148784 - 10/20/13 05:56 PM Attachment (20 downloads)

Latest update: I just got back from hiking two weeks in Utah and kept thinking how this landscape is like another planet to this Easterner. Did some interior work on the warm room:
Here is an entrance light salvaged from another project that will glow an inviting red soon.
Michael


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MHamburg
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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6148790 - 10/20/13 05:58 PM Attachment (17 downloads)

#2:
Insulated the ceiling with the same stuff that I did for the floor so many moons ago.


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MHamburg
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Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6148795 - 10/20/13 05:59 PM Attachment (14 downloads)

#3:
Completed the rough-in wiring.


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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6148800 - 10/20/13 06:01 PM Attachment (13 downloads)

#4:
The walls are next!
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]
      #6148806 - 10/20/13 06:04 PM Attachment (15 downloads)

#5:
I also closed the open wall connecting the warm room and the telescope room. Not sure yet how I will finish the boards. Thanks for looking.
Michael
ps BTW, this project has turned out more demanding than I ever imagined (and it isn't done yet).


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tim57064
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Reged: 08/23/12

Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6160321 - 10/27/13 08:18 AM

Quote:

One more: This was the toughest area to work on as I had to literally squeeze myself into contortions to raise a hammer.



Michael,I just had a thought about the area between the dome and your warm room. I your part of the state where the OBS is ,do you get a lot of snow? I hope that the snow build up is not so that it makes it's way into the observatory or pile up and make it difficult to remove.
I was just checking out your thread again and was wondering about it.


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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Construction Begins new [Re: tim57064]
      #6161182 - 10/27/13 06:01 PM Attachment (16 downloads)

Tim,
Funny you should ask! I am installing de-icing cables on that connecting roof. Otherwise I probably would wind up with a solid block of ice locking the dome until the spring. Thanks for your concern! Here are a few pics of the latest progress (very boring insulation.) BTW, I ran one of those oil-filled electric radiator heaters today to test the heat retention and man oh man----as Kramer told Jerry Seinfeld as they sat in a sauna, it was like a sauna in there in less than 30 minutes. Next step is to install all the outlets and lighting fixtures (oh yes, and those deicing cables.)
Michael


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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Construction Begins [Re: MHamburg]
      #6161186 - 10/27/13 06:03 PM Attachment (15 downloads)

One more angle:

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Mary B
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Reged: 05/21/10

Loc: Minnesota
Re: Construction Begins [Re: MHamburg]
      #6162849 - 10/28/13 03:59 PM

Fiberglass... itch... now I am going to be scratching all day just from the picture

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