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Old 11-06-2010, 03:06 PM   #3721
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Keith, is there a picture of your curved door back a ways in your thread? You know how my mind is, memory it's another thing I am short on.
Probably somewhere, but my memory is no better than yours.

So the easy solution was to click a pic.
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The next thing that needs to be got out of the way is the cedar on the top stairwell. I estimate it's going to take me at least 50 hours...and that is as long as there is enough cedar already cut to cover it.

The ceiling reaches up just over 17 feet from the hallway floor, and the curved wall is 25' 8" long.

Being able to reach the top is half the battle.

This is the first of the bottom part.
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Got another shot of the light this morning in daylight.
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In looking up at your light I see a lot of work you have done, that had to be tough to be done alone. Your door is beautiful, it reminds me of some of the glorious work on some high end yacht. My hat is off to you buddy.
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Indeed there is. Every month the major astronomy magazines will tell you where to look for any of our planets. Some of them have a two page spread with a pic of the night sky listing all sorts of objects. Once you get used to using it - like anything else it becomes second nature.

A dew shield is helpful to prevent dew building up on your objective lens or mirror.

If you take a look at most refractors (that's the one with the lens in front of the telescope) you will usually see a hood which projects out several inches beyond the lens. This helps to keep the dew away.

If you have a reflector, that's the one with a mirror at the bottom of the tube, the whole tube length is doing that job for you.

If you have Cassegrain type, they have the mirror at the back of the (usually short) scope, and a correcting lens in front. There is often no hood over the front. Frequently, these scopes will be fitted with a dew removal accessory system.

If you are in an area which experiences very little dew, in a dry desert for example, then the dew shield may not be necessary.
Thanks Keith, I appreciate that information.
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Old 11-06-2010, 11:07 PM   #3727
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And check the batteries in your smoke detectors.

I once thought I had a flock of birds in my house. For several months I couldn't find them. When it was time to turn the clocks back, I changed the batteries in 10 of my detectors and wouldn't you know it, the birds left and there was no more chirping! -just kidding.
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The good thing is I can see an hour earlier tomorrow...of course we get ripped off at the other end of the day.
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And check the batteries in your smoke detectors.

I once thought I had a flock of birds in my house. For several months I couldn't find them. When it was time to turn the clocks back, I changed the batteries in 10 of my detectors and wouldn't you know it, the birds left and there was no more chirping! -just kidding.
...and if you have fire extinguishers in your house...take them off their mounts, turn them upside down and give them a damn good shake. The dry powder inside often sticks together and then when you need them to work...!!!!!!!
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I forgot about the smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, I don't need any of them birds chirpin around here. Thanks Barb and Keith.
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Keith, it is 35F here right now and will hit 28 after while. It looks like ya'll will hit around 42F, I am glad the hot weather is finally gone, it was a rough one.
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Keith, it is 35F here right now and will hit 28 after while. It looks like ya'll will hit around 42F, I am glad the hot weather is finally gone, it was a rough one.
Amazing...I just checked the Nanaimo temp on Accuweather and it is 11C (about 52F). The real feel is 4C, about 39F.

Raining like gangbusters here and has been most of the day.

I'm going to try and work out how many square feet of cedar it's going to take for the top stairwell tomorrow. I got up to about the 10 foot level on the second row today...I know it doesn't sound like a lot, but believe me, I had to work at it all day to get there.

I'm nearly out of the pre-cut stuff, so tomorrow will be at least half a day of machining. Might as well get it all done in one go.
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Amazing...I just checked the Nanaimo temp on Accuweather and it is 11C (about 52F). The real feel is 4C, about 39F.

Raining like gangbusters here and has been most of the day.

I'm going to try and work out how many square feet of cedar it's going to take for the top stairwell tomorrow. I got up to about the 10 foot level on the second row today...I know it doesn't sound like a lot, but believe me, I had to work at it all day to get there.

I'm nearly out of the pre-cut stuff, so tomorrow will be at least half a day of machining. Might as well get it all done in one go.
It sounds like a lot to me and would sound like a lot more if I were doing it. That is really time consuming, there is no way to make that type of work faster by yourself. It will be a master piece when you are finished buddy and that is one less thing you will have to do.

It is 30F here right now and a pretty big frost, I may have to paint a fireplace on the wall with a fire so we can get warm.
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High of the day is 8 deg C (41 deg F) and white stuff overnight.
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It sounds like a lot to me and would sound like a lot more if I were doing it. That is really time consuming, there is no way to make that type of work faster by yourself. It will be a master piece when you are finished buddy and that is one less thing you will have to do.

It is 30F here right now and a pretty big frost, I may have to paint a fireplace on the wall with a fire so we can get warm.
Won't your paint freeze before you get the job done?

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