Home observatories

Next stage of putting new shingles on roof of our log cabin/observatory in Lichfield

Rhys and I addressed the back of the log cabin today. In a previous post I described how the roofing felt on the observatory was blown off in recent high winds and how I started the process of re-roofing the cabin with shingles. Ed Mann has meant me a ladder which is an absolute God-send for this work as the cabin is 2.4m high and I am a bit short! My own step ladder is not up to the task.

My son Rhys, also member of RAG, is somewhat taller than me and this really helped today as we successfully shingles all but one row and the apex of the back of the observatory together.

NB for anyone wondering we were not allowed to have an observatory or dome in our garden (household rules!) And in any case there are a lot of trees at bottom of garden which obscure views of sky and this was where the observatory had to go….so instead the log cabin has double doors and a ramp to allow the 16 inch Dobsonian on castors to roll out on to the lawn.

This follows from previous post:

New shingles on front of our observatory in Lichfield 11/5/2019

Andy

New shingles on front of our observatory in Lichfield 11/5/2019

Re-roofing hone observatory after previous roof blew off in recent storm. Today, got quite a bit of front done. The tarpaulin is a temporary cover tacked down between repair sessions to previous ingress water before the new roof if water-proof. Rhys and I have never done this before so lots of lookong at videos on YouTube. Hopefully we have got it right!

Andy

Repairing roof on LRO log cabin 14/4/2019

Plastic edging which diverts water into guttering and roof underlay being put onto front of log cabin today (our home observatory). Part of repair after roofing felt blown off in recent high winds. We will be fitting shingles to the roof.

This post following from previous one:

Roof renovation on log cabin LRO 13/4/2019

Andy & Rhys

Roof renovation on log cabin LRO 13/4/2019

After the recent winds blew off part of the roof on my log cabin, I am starting work on the repair.

First step is to remove the guttering and then tack the temporary tarpaulin cover back down again.

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Temporary roof for log cabin observatory

Andy

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Repairing roof on LRO log cabin 14/4/2019

Temporary roof for log cabin observatory

The storm on Sunday night blew off a large patch of the roofing felt on my log cabin observatory in Lichfield. I am very grateful to the help of Damian and Rhys last night, as we struggled against the wind to put a temporary covering over the cabin. This involved cutting down a tarpaulin from Screwfix to appropriate size in the dark and wobbling about on a step-ladder as we tacked it on. We discovered that the underside was a better colour so we installed it upside-down!

Now I need to buy some proper roofing felt and do it properly……

NB Double doors are to allow the 16″ Dobsonian on its castors to be rolled out onto the lawn.

Andy

Log cabin with new temporary roof:

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Roof renovation on log cabin LRO 13/4/2019