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#1 Gary.McK

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Posted 08 October 2020 - 06:36 PM

Hi,
I've just finished building a small roll off roof obs measuring 1.5m x 3m for my wedge mounted CPC925. As a first step to automating it, I'm setting up an AAG Cloudwatcher which can trigger a roof closure. Looking for options to motorise the roof - cheaply if I can. Thinking about using a sectional garage door opener - is this feasible? If so, are there some models that are easier to use than others? Other options?

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Gary



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Posted 09 October 2020 - 08:01 AM

I used a gate motor. Chain is attached to the roof at two points with pulleys at either end to pull open or pull closed.  

https://www.amazon.c...2248290&sr=8-1 



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Posted 09 October 2020 - 09:10 AM

I used a gate motor. Chain is attached to the roof at two points with pulleys at either end to pull open or pull closed.  

https://www.amazon.c...2248290&sr=8-1 

Does this opener have a soft start?



#4 Gary.McK

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Posted 09 October 2020 - 11:03 PM

I used a gate motor. Chain is attached to the roof at two points with pulleys at either end to pull open or pull closed.  

https://www.amazon.c...2248290&sr=8-1 

That sort of thing was what I was looking at. I think I would only need a fairly small unit as my roof is very light. I can easily open it by pushing with one hand.

 

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Gary



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Posted 10 October 2020 - 08:33 AM

When I built my 16'x16' roll off, my son advised me that I might want to look into some kind of motor to operate the roof since I "wasn't getting any younger"..... 

I began looking for a solution that would not only be suitable for my purposes, but would be something that would be reliable.
After searching through the past posts in this forum, I ran across a lengthy post by Dustin Smith who built a remote observatory and has had great success with this opener. 

 

http://www.amazon.co...ords=aleko 1450

I ordered one and have had it on my observatory for about four years and it has worked perfectly every time since the installation.  
Here is the portion of Dustin's post where it picks up on the discussion of the roof opener. 

https://www.cloudyni...s-ca/?p=6808494

 

 



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Posted 10 October 2020 - 08:29 PM

Ross, I do like the idea of the sprocket and rack version.  I roll my roof past the wall, so I'd end up having a bit of the rail poking out from my wall if I converted.  But if you can make the sprocket version work Gary, I'd suggest that route too.  



#7 Gary.McK

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Posted 11 October 2020 - 01:08 AM

Thanks guys, The gate motor is the way to go I  think. Simple to install, controls set up already. Just need to fit the rack and motor. Going to get one this week and fit it asap. Have set up my AAG Cloudwatcher, and hooking this to the roof when it is motorised will be my first step to automating it.

Thanks again

Gary




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