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#1 KennFromTX

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 10:46 PM

Hello there follow me as i begin the construction of my 7' diameter dome, It is a complete DIY project . First time ever attempting to build one. Any questions and/or comments would gladly be answered. Till then Clear Skies.    KennFromTXWP_20160620_16_51_22_Pro.jpg


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Posted 12 December 2016 - 10:47 PM

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 10:48 PM

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 10:49 PM

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 10:50 PM

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 10:52 PM

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 10:53 PM

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 10:54 PM

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 10:56 PM

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 10:57 PM

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 10:59 PM

Going to be adding about 6 fixed hard rubber castor wheels each having a 175 lb capacity.WP_20161210_15_35_59_Pro.jpg


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Posted 13 December 2016 - 12:44 AM

Looks like you're off to a great start.

 

Enjoy the build and post plenty of pictures. 


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Posted 13 December 2016 - 01:30 AM

Will do Jay



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Posted 14 December 2016 - 12:52 AM

Tomorrow (weather permitting)  i will start on the fiberglass, Stay tuned for more pics!



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Posted 14 December 2016 - 01:03 AM

Very nice, Kenn!
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Posted 14 December 2016 - 01:43 AM

Thanks Eastwd, ill be posting more pics tomorrow on the progress.   Clear Skies



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Posted 14 December 2016 - 12:23 PM

For the "first time" you certainly seem to know what you're doing.  Looking good, my friend.


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Posted 14 December 2016 - 12:44 PM

You will want to add another set of rollers angled and mounted such they keep the dome on top of the vertical rollers, ie prevent it from sliding off the weight bearing ones.


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Posted 16 December 2016 - 02:37 PM

Ok so my friend came through with some industrial grade material, We were able to coat the whole dome with resin and glass one side but mother nature was having none of that. I had to stand under the tarp with a heat gun for a couple hours for the resin to activate since there was alot of moisture in the air.WP_20161214_14_35_19_Pro.jpg



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Posted 16 December 2016 - 02:39 PM

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 02:41 PM

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 02:42 PM

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