Sunday, 29 November 2009

Bizibilder puts his braces on…

IMG_1281 To solve the door problem Bizibilder has spent a VAST sum of money on 10 metres of 20mm x 20mm aluminium angle (A quarter of the cost of the original shed!!!).
Anyway – three braces, as seen here, were enough to straighten the door panels.  This proved to work! Bizibilder did a trial door hanging and the difference was quite remarkable!! The door slid easily (with no appreciable shake) in both directions – success!!  The door was also tight against the runners – hopefully making future weather sealing a somewhat easier task.
The top runner had to be slightly cut away to allow access to the door hanging holes.

(Sorry about the pics – the matt black paint is a pain to photograph!)
IMG_1284 Finally additional braces were fitted to the door simply to strengthen the structure.  Now when the door is shaken it is quite rigid – originally the door panels were so flexible as to be virtually useless.  I could easily flex them almost sufficiently to get the hung door to “pop” out of the bottom runners!  They are not “security” doors – and never will be.  Lets face it, its only a shed!

Monday, 23 November 2009

A man with at least two vices!

Bizibilder thought it would be useful to show how he dealt with the components of his pier.  The slab of steel shown is roughly 8 inches square and half an inch thick!  But not to worry!

The first requirement is to be able to hold the thing securely – for this Bizibilder uses two vices.
To trim the corners it is far easier to make several cuts to the line and then cut each “tab” away separately – you can’t cut round a curve with a hacksaw. IMG_1278

Saturday, 21 November 2009

A Long Felt Wont…

The Observatory porch has finally been felted!  After a couple of weeks of heavy rain and showers.  (By the way Bizibilder thanks JW for the off-cut of felt!) IMG_1265
Bizibilder has included another close up of the “post shimming” method employed.  This has proved to be a great success. IMG_1267
“Underneath the Arches”
A view from inside the Observatory showing the roof rails, wheels and braces.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

A little touch of paint….

It was quite apparent to Bizibilder after his first (and, so far, only) observing session in his new observatory, that lights from the neighbours houses were reflecting of the nice bright white internal walls of the shed.  So Bizibilder has bought some matt black paint.  The trouble is that the temperature outside is barely warm enough and the paint is taking twice as long to dry as it should – He thinks he will wait for warmer weather! IMG_1259
He has also started to caulk around the lower door slides to try and stop the, admittedly small, amount of water that is finding its way into the shed.  It POURED down yesterday – the only water in the shed was below one side of the lower door track. 

So: The Porch seems to work!!!!!

(Bizibilder, of course, knew it would and is therefore most definitely NOT surprised at all!)
This pic shows “the new door problem” – both doors have bowed by about 1cm.  Bizibilder will have to make some sort of internal “frame” to try and get the doors flat again (and simultaneously strengthen the rather flimsy doors).  IMG_1263
Another view of the “bowed doors” – there is no point in trying to seal these gaps until the doors are made straight.  Hopefully this will also ease the currently VERY jerky sliding action of the doors.

They really are not very good at all – even for a shed!

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

The shot that I forgot!!

This is the shot that Bizibilder forgot!  It is quite important as the whole project depends on it!!

Each of the four corner posts was cut to length.  BUT with the slight errors in marking out and setting the saw to the line all the posts were SLIGHTLY different lengths - if only my a millimetre or so.   Additionally Bizibilder required all four corner posts to finish JUST above the height of the metal wall panels – so that all the rails etc did not foul the tops of the panels.

The solution he adopted was to use a strip of “damp proof course” (plastic tape 100mm wide and 0.65mm thick) folded over and over to “shim” the posts to the correct height – you can just see it, under the post, in the picture.  This worked very well, Bizibilder was able to control the heights of the posts very precisely, thus everything fitted as desired.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

The Porch - I hope it keeps the rain out!!

Bizibilder’s Observatory now has a rather fetching porch – only a piece of OSB on a frame plus a couple of posts to make it look “posh”.

It will be covered in felt to make the whole thing waterproof as soon as Bizibilder can scrounge a suitable piece.
(By the way everything IS square – Its just that Bizibilder had to take the pic whilst standing rather too close to the Observatory.
The idea of the porch is to prevent rain from hitting and running down the doors straight onto the lower door rail and hence straight into the Observatory!! Bizibilder wants it dry in there! He decided that fitting the porch was easier (and cheaper) than trying to make the doors both robust and totally waterproof.

This pic shows the final shot of the bracketry at the “front” (door) corner of the Observatory.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Another day done…

Bizibilder managed to do dozens of little jobs today. The most obvious being the bracing of the roof rails. IMG_1247
The ends of the rails will be cut and tidied up once Bizibilder is sure just how far the roof needs to go back in the most extreme case – no point in cutting now and finding that the rails are a bit short!!IMG_1249
Bizibilder has also stripped off the original silicone sealant that he used round the base of the shed – it did not stick to the concrete properly – hence the leakage seen when it rained. The new sealant says “sticks to concrete” on the label – We shall see!!

He has also come up with an idea for preventing water ingress through the sliding doors – Build a porch!! The doors will then not require such a perfect seal to keep the rain out – He hopes.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

(Especially for Ann.)

"Bizibilders Observatory Movie"

or "25 seconds of Pure Movie Magic"

(complete with wind noise and the Sun shining straight down the camera lens!!)

Boy did it rain today!!! But – Things GOT DONE!!

Today Bizibilder finally managed to get the last weatherboard in place.

To be fair to him it must be said that the weather this morning was AWFUL. It rained heavily AND blew a gale – so little work was done until after lunch.
The rear corner where the weatherboard had to be cut away to clear the roof rails – the gap is less than 5mm – it looks bigger due to the light flooding in and the fact that Bizibilder has not yet painted the bare wood green yet!!IMG_1236
The effect of the extended weatherboards can be seen here from the inside. They do keep out a considerable amount of unwanted light – the camera is higher than my normal eye level in this picture. IMG_1240
The door showing the flood due to the rain pouring down the doors and straight into the shed via the lower rails – this needs fixing! IMG_1237
The open roof buffer stop – very gentle and entirely natural!!!IMG_1243