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In progress Dome

Started by Needtoys, 02/11/2006 11:09PM
Posted 02/11/2006 11:09PM Opening Post
I week to mock it up. I have to get the shutters working and then I"ll disassemble and begin building the walls. I have to wait for Spring before I can cover and final assemble it.

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Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
Posted 02/12/2006 05:45AM #1
Bob, your dome frame looks professional, you must have a ton of hours in this so far. When trying to exactly matchup the wall "top ring" with the under side of the dome, I had good luck flipping the dome upside down. Also consider a good overlap to keep the rain out - I only went 1 1/2" using bondo and some rain still gets in. Good luck and keep posting your progress.

Regards,
Steve

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Posted 02/12/2006 08:36AM #2
Looks very good! I hope spring gets here early! 8)

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Posted 02/18/2006 06:10AM | Edited 02/27/2006 11:30AM #3
Shutters are completed. Check out the GIF at the address below.

http://s61.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=0543DV38H8UKZ1HC7C9DMHIFES

http://community.webshots.com/user/phatbob02

http://outdoors.webshots.com/slideshow/550511533ICdPnP

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
Posted 05/13/2006 03:47PM #4
Finally got all the base work done. I dug out 3", put down ground cloth, installed edging and covered with two yards of round stone.
The 4"x6" beams are mounted to two piers each. The scope pier in the pic is not the one I'm using. The new one hasn't come yet.

Tomorrow, floor joists and floor, hopefully.

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Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
Posted 06/02/2006 03:37PM #5
Well, I had the week off and the weather sucked!! I'm still waiting for my siding to come in but I did start to skin the dome today. I should have it on top of the walls within the week.
Bob

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Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?