Friday, 30 October 2009

The clever sliding roof thingy…

Bizibilder had already assembled the metal roof and had cut out a kit of parts for the roof frame.  Assembly was comparatively straightforward – the only problem was that the roof was very flexible and not so easy to reach across – Bizibilder feels for those who make 10x10 sheds! IMG_1195
A corner joint showing the metal and wood bracing.  The longer screw is 120mm long.  They are taped here to show how the angled joint was made secure. IMG_1197
This picture is to show that you can buy “LONG SERIES” drills.  The lower drill bit is a normal or “jobbers” drill 3/32” by about 2.5” long.

The upper drill is the same diameter but a full 4” long “long series”.  Bizibilder includes this as, unless you are familiar with engineers tools you may not be aware of these drills.  They are most useful!
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The roof frame and wheels in place – nothing is fixed here – its all a bit wobbly!! IMG_1200
“Look – NO screws!!”

You can also see the timber strip that guides the wheels.  There is one on each rail positioned outside the wheel.
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Everything lines up perfectly – just as Bizibilder said it would – see yesterday’s post!!

(Bizibilder is feeling quite proud!)
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Like an over indulgent beetle – flat on its back with its wheels in the air!


The assembled roof structure.
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Details of the roof corner joints. IMG_1208
The roof in place for the first time.  Mrs Bizibilder helped lift it into position.  At a guess Bizibilder reckons the whole roof weighs about 70 - 80 pounds. IMG_1210
First opening – It actually works.  Bizibilder, of course, was not surprised at this success.  He always had complete confidence in himself.


(His head gets bigger by the minute………)
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A weather board temporarily clamped in place.  It fits and the deliberate off setting of the runners (see yesterday) has worked a treat – no fouls anywhere.

The rails have also had a strip of timber added so that the roof slides in a perfectly controlled way (See pic above for detail of rail)
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Bizibilder had to put the turnbuckles in today as heavy rain is forecast overnight, along with a good breeze.  The Observatory is not weather tight yet – at least the roof can’t blow away! IMG_1218
A final look at the days work. IMG_1219

1 comment:

  1. Ok - now can we have a short video of the sliding roof in action please so we can see what it is like.

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