Barker's Bluff Observatory Begins
Posted 07 June 2014 - 07:46 AM
The "Dob Deck" is framed. I didn't picture seat backs on the benches, but love the look. They will not block the view as I use my dob on a stand that gets it 16-18 inches off the floor.
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Posted 07 June 2014 - 07:50 AM
Tubes are plumb... camera was not
Posted 07 June 2014 - 07:52 AM
18 inch culvert was easier to find than 18 inch Sonotube, plus the black will be less visible in elevated design
Posted 07 June 2014 - 07:56 AM
Posted 07 June 2014 - 08:00 AM
Floor is in place. Final roof height will be determined once ROR is in place. Pitch will be identical. The roof for this room will nest under the ROR, to allow this room to be watertight with the exception of the cased openings facing the outdoor fireplace.
Posted 07 June 2014 - 08:03 AM
It DID NOT look nearly this big when I had stakes in the ground and a little orange paint. Having said that, I think we will get a lot of use out of it for astronomy and entertaining.
Posted 07 June 2014 - 09:32 AM
Added bonus - you can still use the deck when it's raining by sliding the roof over it! Amirite? Wait ... there may be a flaw in that plan ...
Posted 07 June 2014 - 09:49 AM
The right side deck will be covered at all times of course.
One of the best things about living in the sticks is no zoning, no homeowner's association. All to code for safety reasons, but I can build whatever I want and change the plan on the fly. This has really been fun and I haven't even used it as an observatory yet!
Posted 10 June 2014 - 09:44 AM
Ha. Barker's Bluff is the name of our property here at the lake. My wife is a Veterinarian, so our home is the Land of Misfit Toys for dogs no one else could/would keep. All are special needs projects or found by the side of the road. Our Treeing Walker Coon Hound was one of the inspirations for the name. The lake is Alabama Power project that was made in the early 60's. When they flooded the valley, some areas of the lake are up on high rock bluffs overlooking the water. Gorgeous this time of year.
I've heard of coon hounds in general, but is the Treeing Walker Coon Hound a separate kind? Never heard of it.
Pretty countryside, though. Now where did I put my hiking boots?
Posted 10 June 2014 - 12:09 PM
Hiking is best here in the colder months unless you don't mind bugs, copperheads and rattlers. Oh and our coon hound was a snake alert dog too. Great to let her drag you through the forest knowing she'd pull up and point at so much as a shed snake skin.
Weather has been awful with lots of thunder and lightning since Friday so construction has slowed a bit. The Dob Deck is almost done. V-groove casters are here and waiting for dock company to incorporate into the frame for the roof.
Contractors were hoping for the big concrete pour on Friday, but the weather crushed that. Even though Obs floor plywood decking covers the holes for the piers, I found about 8 inches of water in the hole that went to solid rock. Water brought some silt with it. I built a small diversion wall Saturday to prevent that from worsening, and asked the guys to scoop out the mud and get back to solid rock base. Hopefully they'll pour today or tomorrow and that problem won't recur.
Posted 10 June 2014 - 12:13 PM
Posted 11 June 2014 - 02:40 PM
Great observatory / entertainment complex
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Posted 12 June 2014 - 07:54 PM
So the guys must have had a lot of pent up building energy with the rotten weather this week.I arrived home to find:
1. Dob deck 90% complete
2. Handrail along the boardwalk that connects the zones
3. Preliminary guides for the roof line of the enclosed entertainment area.
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Posted 06 July 2014 - 12:49 PM
Yesterday evening I came home to something that no longer looks like a giant bird's nest.
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