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My New Observatory.....I'm Under Construction!

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#101 imjeffp

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 12:58 PM

If mine were that smooth, I wouldn't cover it with anything!

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 01:57 PM

That thought crossed my mine too, but concrete is sort of cold looking, a customer of mine used rope on the columns in his basement that support the I beam. Looks really nice.

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 03:55 PM

Rich,
Thanks. I was very happy when I saw it. Just a few pock marks, that was it. I kicked it really hard doesn't move,the minute amount of vibration settles down instantly.

No it was not soupy, it was about a 2- 3inch slump, somewhere in the middle you could say, thick but workable. It was 5000psi high strength concrete, usually a bit drier mix. Just tapped around the tube a lot with a rubber hammer to settle it in there.
No parge was done on it. Just left the tube on and decided to take it off & there it was.

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 04:45 PM

If mine were that smooth, I wouldn't cover it with anything!


Hi Steve, that looks great!! Super Job! I think agree with Jeff on this one. It looks so smooth and uniform. Here's another idea I had heard of here on C.N. someone said to paint the concrete with rubberized rocker gaurd. Spray it on light and leaves a nice textured coating, somthing like the finish on the Synta mounts. And if you didn't like it you could always put the carpet or rope on it. Just a thought Steve, but like I said earlier it looks really nice. :applause: :waytogo:

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 04:51 PM

Kent,
Thanks.

Yeah, I forgot about that idea, I'll have to look around and find a brand name or something.

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 08:20 PM

Hi Steve, it was me that used undercoating to protect the sonotube for the winter. Yours looks great! I used rope for trim on some of the logs in my home. I think it would look fine on your pier. (After seeing yours, I think I'll just leave the sonotube on...... ;))

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 09:15 PM

What was name of that product in case I decide on that?
I'm really starting to like the rope idea though.

Its hard to tell the tube is still on it. I don't think it looks bad. I know with mine it didn't dry or cure to fast, I guess that helps I dunno.

Is that a 16 in pier? Looks hefty like mine.

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 10:01 PM

Steve, I tossed the can already. Probably any spray-on automotive undercoating should work. Shake well. Also it stinks for a few days.

It's just a 12+ 3/4 inch pier. What kind of threw me was each 4' section of sonotube I looked at had a slightly different diameter. I guess that allows the manufacturer to place them inside each other for shipping. I got the biggest I could find.

If you use rope, I bet hot glue would help.:idea:


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Posted 04 December 2006 - 10:48 PM

Rob,
It looked bigger than that. They do make them a bit different in size just so one will slide over another. Mine was 16 1/4" another one there was 16 1/2".

I have some linoleum adhesive, or I'll just use liquid nails.

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Posted 05 December 2006 - 12:43 PM

The stuff Rob used looks like 3M undercoating. Available at most auto parts stores. The can is 3M red.

You could also use roll on bed liner such as Duplicolor which is smooth or Herculiner which is course with rubber bits in it.

There is also concrete floor paint. Some of the newer varieties have color chips in them so they look more like a tiled floor than a painted floor.

My thought on the rope, which would look cool, is that it will be a dust collector and the hemp particles could become problems down the road.

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Posted 05 December 2006 - 01:00 PM

For my money, I vote for a carpeted pier. I think it would look clean and finished, and if one were to run one’s knee into it late at night, it might prove a bit softer than undercoated concrete. The rope does sound cool, but may prove to be a bit harder to keep up.

No matter which way you go, I am green with envy.

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Posted 05 December 2006 - 01:00 PM

Thanks Michael.

I'll look into the last two. The 3M I already found.

The hemp is going to have few coats of polyurethane to seal it up, so no moisture, scratchiness, or dust problems. The person who I mentioned had it in their basement said he sealed his.

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 04:36 PM

Well the ships rope is on. 1 inch rope glued on with liquid nails. Then 4 coats of oil based polyurethane to seal it.
Not as easy to do as I thought but it came out ok.

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 04:39 PM

Here's one from the top. Just need to dress up the concrete under the adapter plate & I'm done.

And yes that was the new 9ft dome in the background of the first pic.

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 04:42 PM

And the new observatory laying in the lawn getting some sun.

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 06:46 PM

Looking good Steve!

Your grass is still green and there is no white stuff all over the place, the gods are smiling upon you!

Nice looking dome. Bet you can't wait to get'r'dun!

How about some rope brown low nap carpet glued to the top of your pier to match your rope? Assuming you will have a little gap between your pier and pier plate.

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 07:18 PM

Just continue the rope in a spiral under that top-plate.. :)

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 08:04 PM

Thanks Michael.

Yeah, carpet just might work. Have to think on that.
The dome is really nice except for a big scrape that went thru the paint. I waiting for them to call me on Monday. Only happened 3 times in 10 yrs moving these things, of course I was number 3 :ooo:

Hi Jeff,
I only have enough room to adjust for level if I need to or I would have kept going.

#119 Scott Horstman

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 09:28 PM

Looks purdy sharp Steve! Looks like a Clear Skys 8.5?
Those are nice!

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 11:53 AM

I'm thinking some scraps of the flooring, cut to fit and glued down on top of the concrete pier would tie things together nicely.
Assuming there will be any scraps of flooring. :shrug:
I like the rope wrap. How did the electric outlets turn out with the rope?

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 12:48 PM

Looking good Steve, my dome is due tomorrow...all being well...... :jump: :jump: :jump: :jump: :jump: :jump: :jump: :jump: :jump:

I guess I'm a little excited...... :jump: :jump: :jump: :jump: :jump:

Regards,
Neil.

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 01:03 PM

Thanks Scott.

Yeah, I got a real good deal on it.

David,
Duh, Why didn't I think of that. There should be some left over for sure. Thanks for the idea

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 01:10 PM

Neil,
Thanks,
That's so cool. I'll second that emotion :jump: :jump: :jump: :jump: :jump: :jump: :jump:.

We've both been waiting for our obs to arrive and now we will both have our Christmas early.
I'll keep you posted how it all goes together.
My flooring will be here Wednesday was supposed to be today but us rural folks get delivered last.
Did you get yours yet?

I wanna see some ob pics too!

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 01:31 PM

My flooring will be here Wednesday was supposed to be today but us rural folks get delivered last.
Did you get yours yet?

I wanna see some ob pics too!


No I didn't get the flooring as I'm following a lead that the missus found, a local company in the area, no website but it looks promising. I have to get a sample and check the material out.

Yep I'll keep you all posted with lots of piccies tomorrow.
I hope to be set up by this weekend and hopefully will start serious observing by the christmas week, hopefully.

Hope yours goes well too, keep us posted.

Regards,
Neil.

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 02:27 PM

Good luck with the obs Neil,beats the cold!!
I use a motorhome to get a dark site,mobile obs in a way.
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