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Raginar
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6134170 - 10/13/13 01:13 AM

Looks good!

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Toml08
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6134939 - 10/13/13 12:44 PM

Tim very,very nice build you have going. Love the roof.

CS,
Tom.


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Aquarist
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Toml08]
      #6135435 - 10/13/13 05:20 PM

Yeah, the roof looks wonderful!

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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Aquarist]
      #6135813 - 10/13/13 08:50 PM Attachment (32 downloads)

Thanks much Chris,Tom and Steve for your very appreciated approval.

I spent today finishing up the roof and then had one honey do list item that needed to be taken care of.
Gutters needed to be cleaned before the rain coming tomorrow.
So here a couple of shots of the now finished roof showing the ridge cap.


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6135816 - 10/13/13 08:51 PM Attachment (24 downloads)

Here is another at a different angle.

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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6135818 - 10/13/13 08:52 PM Attachment (24 downloads)

And one last shot for the day.

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Megabusa
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6136112 - 10/13/13 11:57 PM

Looking good Tim ,Got your drip edge up and your roof done , Pretty soon you are going to be looking at the Stars ,

Nate


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Megabusa]
      #6136121 - 10/14/13 12:02 AM

Thanks Nate, The true test will be tomorrow and Tuesday as to whether it will weather the storm. Suppose to rain for the next 2 days and need to get the skirting and vertical boards on, to finish the siding.

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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. [Re: tim57064]
      #6136172 - 10/14/13 01:02 AM

I'm sure it will hold up to the weather with no problems , I don't recall seeing , but you do have a way to lock down the Roof from winds rights ?

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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Megabusa]
      #6136576 - 10/14/13 10:22 AM Attachment (26 downloads)

Nate, thank you for continuing to comment and for asking questions regarding my OBS. Yes , I do have 4 Turnbuckles,1 in each corner inside the OBS that lock it in place when closed.you can see one of them in this shot.

Edited by tim57064 (10/14/13 10:30 AM)


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6136622 - 10/14/13 10:42 AM

Wow ,Am I glad I got the roof finished yesterday. The rain gods have opened the the faucets again for the third time in the month I have been working my Scopes new home. Now it is only going to get colder with every passing day.

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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6136702 - 10/14/13 11:26 AM

Your roof job looks really nice!

Have you decided on how you are going to close that gap where the wheels are? That will let in a lot of moisture, not to mention bugs and possibly critters.


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6136773 - 10/14/13 11:57 AM

Thanks again Carol. I have decided to use a 2"x12" board on the west side for a stop when closing and 1"x 12"'s on the other sides for the skirting. Then to close the small gap,I am considering your choice of the garage door seal.
My son suggested the same material that is used on the sides of garage doors that seals them up on the outside.Yet I think that rubber would wear out too fast as it is fairly thin.

I am going to use your idea of the paint brush for over the angle iron that the casters roll on to cover that area.


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6136851 - 10/14/13 12:28 PM

Sounds good, Tim.

The garage door seal for the bottom of doors that I used, is pretty stout, yet flexible; and I don't foresee it wearing out. I'm not familiar with the side of the door seal.


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6136952 - 10/14/13 01:07 PM

Even though it is not ready for it yet, I have been thinking about what to use for the interior sheathing/finished walls. My wife keeps asking me if I am going to use drywall yet it would take more time to finish that then it would to just use plywood.
Also I was thinking that sheet rock would also tend to absorb humidity more and while the roof was open if dew formed the moisture might cause a problem unless I went with what is sometimes referred to as "Blue Board". What I believe to be a wet location drywall, much more expensive.

I know quite a few on here have just left the walls unfinished or just painted the stud walls,yet I would like the studs covered.
What do you all suggest?
Do you insulate if it is not going to be heated?
Seeing how the roof is not totally sealed to the building,isn't insulating just a waste?
I would appreciate any and all comments,thoughts on the subject.
I plan to hang my Bass Guitars on the walls and use the area during the day for playing them. That way I won't be bothering my wife at any time while playing them in the house.

Edited by tim57064 (10/14/13 01:13 PM)


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6137513 - 10/14/13 05:21 PM Attachment (26 downloads)

Quote:

Seeing how the roof is not totally sealed to the building,isn't insulating just a waste?




When the roof is closed, it should be pretty well sealed to the building. I can go in mine during daylight, close the door, and see absolutely no daylight anywhere.

I used pegboard that I painted for the walls. In the photo you can also see the garage door bottom strip to seal the wheel area.


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6137561 - 10/14/13 05:50 PM

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Nate, thank you for continuing to comment and for asking questions regarding my OBS. Yes , I do have 4 Turnbuckles,1 in each corner inside the OBS that lock it in place when closed.you can see one of them in this shot.


Opps Sorry I missed that in the other Photo , , It looks like your at the point where you could work inside your Obs if the weather is bad ,

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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6137631 - 10/14/13 06:32 PM

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Even though it is not ready for it yet, I have been thinking about what to use for the interior sheathing/finished walls. My wife keeps asking me if I am going to use drywall yet it would take more time to finish that then it would to just use plywood.
Also I was thinking that sheet rock would also tend to absorb humidity more and while the roof was open if dew formed the moisture might cause a problem unless I went with what is sometimes referred to as "Blue Board". What I believe to be a wet location drywall, much more expensive.
Quote:


Tim , I'm against the Drywall , because in the dark you will bang things around , I used 5/8" Thick 4'X 8' Smart siding on the inside as well as the outside , At the time I got it ,it was about $28.00 a board , It is more expensive , but I think worth it , I would Insulate the walls , Just like your ROR Obs has some openings , My Dome does also , But still cuts way down on the Humidity & Temp if Insulated , When on super hot days I would turn on the AC for a few Hours , after turning the AC off it would remain cool for a good time if I don't keep opening the door , Insulated Walls works for me ,

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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Megabusa]
      #6137720 - 10/14/13 07:45 PM

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.


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. [Re: tim57064]
      #6137898 - 10/14/13 09:32 PM

I'd just leave it studs since you want to run remotely from the garage.

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