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Construction Begins
 
October 30, 2006

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The big dig begins!  The six deck footers are 16 in. x 4 ft. deep  and filled with 15in. of 5000 psi concrete. The telescope pier hole is  3 1/2 ft. deep x 3 1/2 ft. wide.  A BIGFOOT SYSTEMS BF-36 footer form is placed in the ground and later will be filled with concrete to anchor the telescope pier.

 November 03, 2006

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First we installed  six 6x6 pressure treated posts and then the 2x12 framimg to support the deck
The electric and phone wires are run in pvc conduit.  A subpanel was installed in the nearby garage to provide 20 amp GFI service to the observatory.  Data cables will be run from the opposite end of the garage where a remote operations area will be.

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We removed the concrete form tube temporarily to fill the BIGFOOT first. The tube was reinstalled and the electrical conduit was run up thru the concrete form.  A re-bar cage that was made prior was placed inside of the tube. 5000 psi concrete was used to fill the footer and pier.

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November 8, 2006
 
I removed the cardboard tube.  The unveiling  revealed a nice smooth finish. The 16 inch finished pier was then topped with the pier adapter plate.
The 2x6 deck boards were installed and the entire deck seal coated.
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December 8,2006
 
Putting together the newly arrived Observatory

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The assembled Observatory

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December 15,2006
 
I wrapped the pier with 3/4 in. marine grade hemp sealed with 4 coats of polyurethane.  I then installed 6 mil plastic sheet as a vapor barrier.
 
 

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December 17, 2006
 
Today I installed the 3/4 in. Humane Rubber Flooring Tiles.
Installed the conduit, ships lights, receptacle & switch boxes & did the final connections.

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April  25, 2007
 
Japanese Garden inspired landscaping completed

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May 24, 2007
 
Installed the 8 ft. curved shelf and storage drawers. The OB is now fully operational.

 

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