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Old 10-06-2010, 08:04 PM   #2911
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I have got to get out in the shop and see if I can round up enough wood to build a work table similar to yours, I love it. I can't wait to see the door.

Finishing up an area that has been left for a good while just feels good because I know I won't have to do that area again.
Boy, isn't that the truth. Slowly but surely, all these odd bits and pieces are being attended to.

I probably won't be gluing up the balance of the door until tomorrow as i want some decent light to do that. But, we'll see.

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This one?
That's the one!

Now that I'm looking at it closer, do the boards on the ceiling continue beyond the window to the outside?

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I always thought the gas around the earth was held in place because of the temperature being so cold up high. Outer space is so amazing, I wish I did know all there was to know about it.
Nobody knows it all Jim...it's still a guessing game. Theories seem to change on a very regular basis every time they manage to discover something else.

One thing's for sure...it's about the most fascinating and interesting subject out there.
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That's the one!

Now that I'm looking at it closer, do the boards on the ceiling continue beyond the window to the outside?

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No, they stop at the wall. Let me get you a pic of the outside (it's still light enough right now) and you will see the outside wall and soffit.

Back in a mo.
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That was close, the sun is about 2 above the mountains! Almost missed it.

Had to round up a step ladder to get up in the air a bit. Sorry for the delay.
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So, as you can see if you look at the ceiling inside, it only just clears the size of the window. That's what we call a barrel vault ceiling.

And of course the outside wall needed to be covered properly and the roof overhang soffited.
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So, as you can see if you look at the ceiling inside, it only just clears the size of the window. That's what we call a barrel vault ceiling.

And of course the outside wall needed to be covered properly and the roof overhang soffited.
Absolutely beautiful, that took some time to do that and it is just perfect. I have found if something looks good it takes a lot of time and if it really really looks good takes even more time.
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Coco's astronomy tip of the day (No. 2)

How many of you have seen a comet in the night sky? Yes...no?

OK then, well you are in luck.

Comet Hartley 2 is up there right now and moving fast! This comet was only discovered in 1986 and this was due to several recent passes by Jupiter, which pulled the comets' orbit much closer to earth. So here we have Jupiters' gravity altering the course of a small object several million miles away.

Right now Hartley 2 is shining at about 6th magnitude. I did promise to explain that to you, and I will, just not right now. But a 6th magnitude object would just be visible on a clear, moonless night in a good dark area. Anywhere near a city doesn't qualify as dark.

However, binoculars or a telescope evens up the playing field for you, and even if you live somewhere like...oh, let's say...Chattanooga f'rinstance, you will be able to spot the comet. The catch is knowing exactly where to look.

Now you all have time to get ready for this OK? Tomorrow night, Hartley 2 will be passing less than 1 south of the double cluster in Perseus. The double cluster is a well known astronomical object, and the clusters measure at magnitudes of 4.3 and 4.4. In itself, the double cluster is a sight to behold. You can see this with the unaided eye. Providing you have a clear, dark sky.

Either a telescope at very low power (the largest size eyepiece you have, which means the biggest number) or binoculars will do the job.

Can't find Perseus? Try this. Look up in the sky for a group of stars which look like a big W. One end of the W is a bit squished but there's not much I can do about that. If you can see the milky way at all, the W is in the middle of it.

Somewhat south of the short side of the W you should be able to find the double cluster - use binocs for this. Once you have found the clusters, you will know exactly what I mean.

Now Hartley 2 will be very close to the clusters both tomorrow and the following nights. It will surprise you as to just how faint it is, but nevertheless, that's your comet. It will be about 15 million miles away.

Good luck!
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Thanks buddy, I will see what I can find tomorrow evening. I will be looking for a W because I don't have a clue where 1 is. You really do know a lot about all that.
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Thanks buddy, I will see what I can find tomorrow evening. I will be looking for a W because I don't have a clue where 1 is. You really do know a lot about all that.
Jim, the 1 refers to how far south of the double cluster the comet will be.

I just went outside with the binocs, and I'm sad to say my night sky is so clear tonight that I can see the clusters and the Andromeda galaxy without even using any binoculars. Plus countless other clusters and so on.

When I put the binocs up, there is an embarrassment of riches tonight. Everything is out of this world as it were. The fact that there is no moon - and no moon tomorrow night either - aids tremendously for night viewing.

If you were to look outside right now, I think the W should be high in the sky and due North of you. That is assuming your sky is clear, of course.
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Can't find Perseus? Try this. Look up in the sky for a group of stars which look like a big W. One end of the W is a bit squished but there's not much I can do about that. If you can see the milky way at all, the W is in the middle of it.


Thanks for going to the trouble of getting a ladder and taking the picture!

Did you make the half-round window?
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Thanks for going to the trouble of getting a ladder and taking the picture!

Did you make the half-round window?
I did indeed...there may be something in the thread, although I'm really not too sure about that.

What I did was to work out how large a semi-circle I could get up in the ceiling after allowing for adequate insulation.

I started with a board for the window sill, then laminated up the curved piece for the outside of the window. After a little testing to get everything to fit, I put that piece in.

Next up was that sort of round chunk in the middle of the sunburst, followed by the mullions. Then glazing, finishing and Bob's yer uncle.
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Well it's a beautiful window.

I think you said something earlier in the thread about making 90+ windows for the house, but I don't remember anything about the round one.

But in another post you mentioned that the windows are double paned. I think it was when you were installing the frosted glass you got at the salvage yard.

Did you have to do anything special to the windows to keep condensation from getting between the two panes on cold days?

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Well it's a beautiful window.

I think you said something earlier in the thread about making 90+ windows for the house, but I don't remember anything about the round one.

But in another post you mentioned that the windows are double paned. I think it was when you were installing the frosted glass you got at the salvage yard.

Did you have to do anything special to the windows to keep condensation from getting between the two panes on cold days?

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If the air is dry when the second pane goes in, there usually isn't any problem. If it's damp...then maybe.

Almost all of the windows are OK, except for some small ones which I sealed on both sides with a latex/silicone sealer. Oh, the seal is OK...but it didn't dawn on me for some time afterwards that the latex part of that sealer unquestionably added a trace of moisture to the air. On some days we can see the condensation. Not often, just enough to be annoying.

It will only get fixed if one of the windows gets broken.
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Keith, I just went outside and there are so many trees in my line of fire to the north I can only see a few stars and also north of us is Raccoon Mountain so not able to see the horizon even if there were no trees. I am right now watching on the Science Channel "Wonders of the Solar System", they are telling about the rings around Saturn.

While outside I did go in the backyard were there are less lights shining and the stars are just brilliant tonight. I am serious when I say it took my breath it was so beautiful. I have got to get that telescope out and make some pictures. Thanks for your information and patience buddy.

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