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Observatory leaks

Started by dv78391, 03/25/2004 03:07PM
Posted 03/25/2004 03:07PM Opening Post
This is getting a little depressing ...

I finished my observatory serveral months ago. It is plywood and masonite dome (painted, no fibreglass or anything). So far, I've used it only a few times because it leaks, and I cant really leave my equipment in it.

I'm hoping someone can make suggestions here. It's a 8x8 square with a 7ft dome. The problem is where the flat part of the roof meets the dome. I have a sheetmetal skirt around the dome, and a little sheetmetal dam on the roof. The leaks are where the wheels are attached to the roof (they roll on a flat surface under the dome). I couldn't really get the sheet metal dam around them good enough. I suspect I will need to remove the dome, and work more on the roof (I hate to even think about that ... its terribly heavy).

If there is anyone with a square building, and a round dome, could you please tell me how you solved this problem? Anyone else have ideas?

Other than the leaks it works pretty well. It rotates pretty easily and stuff.

thanks,
dan