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Star Gully Construction 1


Frame

I built all the wall frames and the roof frames in the garage. Since it was starting to get colder outside, I skinned and painted the panels inside to insure they would dry well, and then carried them out to the site where they were assembled together. Even though this is purportedly temporary (remember the lesson from Dennis di Cicco) I wanted it to be weather-tight. Getting all the angles to lay together and seal was essential, and my circular saw's angle cutting ability was invaluable!

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Floor

The 8'x8' frame was made out of ordinary 2x6 lumber and set up on cinder blocks to keep it clear of the ground. I was going to anchor it to the ground with 2x4 stakes made out of treated wood, sledge-hammered into the ground and screwed them into the frame -- but the clay soil here is so dense I couldn't sledehammer them into the ground! So I'm relying on mass to keep the structure put for winter. Two 4x8 sheets of 5/8" OSB serve as the floor (which I covered with interlocking foam mats). I didn't do anything to isolate Equinox, on the assumption I'd be the only one in the structure, so I wouldn't be moving when I was looking through the eyepiece.

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