Aug 13 2006, 05:52 PM
For those of you who have already installed your rotation kit or own one I have a question.
Did you notice that when you place all 4 sections end to end; they make too big of a circle? And not a perfect circle. Looks like all 4 will have to be cut to make the proper diameter.
Anyone do or notice this yet?
Did anyone cut thiers already?
Magic Man (Merlin Raymond
Aug 13 2006, 06:17 PM
I only cut the last one to fit. I did see that they were not all the same height. I used some scrap to level out the joints a bit. Rolls now with two fingers!!!
Aug 13 2006, 06:39 PM
Thanks Merlin. So; just cutting one gave you a good circle; interesting.
Aug 14 2006, 09:51 AM
Cutting one would work fine. What I find interesting is they are not all the same height. :?
Aug 15 2006, 03:47 AM
I am having a little bit of anxiety about CUTTING the roof Transisition
pieces ....Then I'll worry about the tracks...
I used Dans original plans and my Boxed in Walls measure 120 inches on each side... ...But when I test fitted the Roof panels Sunday afternoon they were way way too big.... Looks like I will have to trim about 3 or so inches off evevy single one of them to make them fit...Then hope my rings are
I asked the other day about the Fit of the Transistion roof panels and have not gotten an answer yet if everyone ..or anyone...had to trim this much off
I just was not expecting them to be oversized...
I could not get up the nerve to cut yesterday....Instead worked on
installing a few braces and a trap door to get into the dome from below...
The Transisition roof panels are on todays list ...
Aug 15 2006, 04:19 AM
Have you looked closely at Allan Rahill's thread in the Explora-Dome Observatories Forum? He noticed the exact same thing with his roof transition pieces. I think he cut 3.5" away from each transition piece.
You may want to check his thread :wink: I know these roof transitions
come oversized. In a way, I think this is a good thing...just in case your
building turns out slightly larger than 10'x10'. In my case, this will help me when I get around to installing these roof transitions, as my base WITH siding installed is just slightly larger than 10' square :?
Good luck! Your coming along just fine and it looks great thus far :wink:
Aug 15 2006, 08:43 AM
I would love to see pictures....Maybe people cant relate to your problem because it is a bit hard to speculate without seeing it.
Please post a picture so we all can brainstorm on it :wink: :wink:
Aug 16 2006, 12:13 PM
I am still working on getting the roof in my garage ready to accept the dormer with the dome on top. One thing I was thinking about was maybe adding a 3/4" plwood ring directly to the bottom side of dome to help the dome hold a perfect circlular shape without the flexing and then mount the roller tracks unto this. In this way I would be able to maintain a perfect circle with the track also. Also I was going to make the dormer 8 foot square as this is what fits between the joist in the roof. I was going to use the trasistion pieces to transistion to a 10 x 10 foot roof, this would give me a 12" overhang. But because the garage roof has a slope of about 45 degrees I may have to go to no overhang (maybe an inch or two) and I would then cut down the trasistion pieces. If I kept the 12 inch overhang I would need to go another foot or two higher on the dormer walls so the overhang would clear the slope of the garage roof on the peak side. If I don't do the 10 foot roof I wouldn't need to build the roof with any slope as I wouldn't be trasistioning from a 8 foot dome to a 10 foot room. I will know more in a few weeks as I get closer to working on the dome itself. By going 8 foot all the way it will also save a lot of lumber in the roof as the weight of the dome will rest directly on the walls of the dormer. I hate to have to cut the nice trasistion pieces but it looks like this may be the way to go in my situation. Because of the 45 roof slope the dormer will still be almost 8 feet high and I will be able to just see over the peak of the roof when looking at the horizon in that direction.
Hope this makes sence, It may all change as I get closer to the time I start working on the dome.
Nov 8 2006, 09:44 PM
Built my 10x10 but the transition panels are larger (125 in) with proper overlap. Don't see anything in the instructions about that. Guess cutting is needed as noted in this forum.
Instructions could be a lot clearer. Doesn't tell how to put in retaining rings, etc.
Nov 8 2006, 11:09 PM
I replied to your question under the other thread you posted it under...
(the one with the TWIN DOMES....)
But the tracks etc are easy....and we now have a bunch of us who have been there done that ...so fire away with any questions...
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