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#51 Special Ed

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 07:12 AM

Steve is cleaning out the holes. The two in the middle are for the telescope piers. We didn't hit a single rock (!) :)

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 07:15 AM

Next we poured the footings for the posts and the piers and inserted the steel for the piers. The post footings holes are covered with boards for safety's sake.

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 07:20 AM

This will be the C 14 pier. It's 40 inches deep and flared out at the bottom.

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 07:26 AM

We put the outside box together, squared it up, placed it over the footing holes, and leveled it temporarily.

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 07:28 AM

Steve is cutting the notches in the 4x6's that the band board will sit on.

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 07:30 AM

After we got the corners in, we put in the floor joists.

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 07:50 AM

The piers will clear the joists by an inch. Now we're ready to add the support posts. I'll have to put up more pics later--Steve is coming over soon and we are going to pour the piers. :cool:

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 08:01 AM

I'm getting really excited for you! Looking good, Michael!

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 08:20 AM

Michael; that is looking great! You sure have a beautiful site for an Observatory; looks like the weather is cooperating for your build, as well!

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 04:19 PM

Man I can't remember the last time I saw "batter boards" like that...even on a commercial job! :shocked:That floor ought to be as square and level as a gnat's *BLEEP*! :roflmao: :roflmao:Mike

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 06:55 AM

Thanks, everyone! @ mikey cee--Steve, Joe, and I are just old fashion carpenters. :)

We poured the roof support footers yesterday and the piers. After mixing and pouring 18 bags of Sakrete, I was too tired to post pics until this am. :p

BTW, Carol, we did have good weather, but most of this work was done with temps in the mid-90's. Hydrate, hydrate...

Picking up where I left off, by last Tuesday evening (July 6th), we had the deck down and had started on the walls.

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 07:00 AM

Here's another view with my wife, Judy, in the background come down with one of the cats to see the progress...

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 07:05 AM

The next couple of days, I was at the Green Bank Star Quest (I would have skipped it this year to work on the OB except I was scheduled to present two astrosketching workshops and I didn't want to cancel out on the organizers). Steve kept working by himself (in that 90 degree heat) and when I got back Friday evening, things looked like this. This is the north side.

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 07:19 AM

East side with doorway.

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 07:26 AM

South side with fold down wall. We made it in two parts so I wouldn't have to manhandle 15.5 feet of wall. The siding is 5/8 inch T-111.

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 07:37 AM

It rained Monday and Tuesday, but we got back on it Weds. Here, Steve is cleaning out the holes for the roof rail uprights before we pour the footers.

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 07:43 AM

Sonotubes ready. I am putting in two piers. The second pier is for a 10 inch f/4.5 Meade Starfinder on a Synta mount. This scope belonged to a friend, Eric Knapp, who passed away last October. He and his widow wanted his scope to be used for educational outreach--I plan to do exactly that with it.

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 07:47 AM

Here is the scope in Eric's observatory. My friend and observing buddy, Dave Buhrman, helped me dismantle it and pull the pier out of the ground on Tuesday. I'll have to stop here for now--Steve will be here soon and we're putting up the roof rail system. More pics to come.

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 09:14 AM

Sonotubes ready. I am putting in two piers. The second pier is for a 10 inch f/4.5 Meade Starfinder on a Synta mount. This scope belonged to a friend, Eric Knapp, who passed away last October. He and his widow wanted his scope to be used for educational outreach--I plan to do exactly that with it.


What a wonderful way to keep Eric's memory alive! :bow:

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 09:15 AM

South side with fold down wall. We made it in two parts so I wouldn't have to manhandle 15.5 feet of wall. The siding is 5/8 inch T-111.


That's a great idea! The drop downs do get heavy.

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 03:33 PM

Thanks, Carol. Eric got started in astronomy as a child looking through someone else's scope and he wanted other children to have that same opportunity. Eric went on to have a career as an operator of the 100 meter radio telescope at Green Bank.

Btw, I like your drop down walls and your whole observatory setup--and what a great view you have! :cool:

Back to yesterday--here is the pier out of Eric's observatory. It is a 5 inch diameter pipe with a stainless steel pier top plate welded on to it. He dug a hole and poured concrete around it. Right after I snapped this pic, Steve took a 4# hammer and masonry chisel and knocked the concrete off.

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 03:35 PM

The tubes are all kicked off and ready to pour.

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 03:38 PM

Thank goodness it was only in the low 80's yesterday--we mixed 18 bags of Sakrete. I was tired last night--so was Steve.

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 03:40 PM

We shoveled in 16 of those 18 bags...

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 03:42 PM

This is the pier for the CGE 1400 Pro.

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