Tuesday, May 21, 2002
For the pier I bought a 6" in diameter 10' long PVC pipe. To attach the GT1 to it I used a coupler from 6" down to 4" with another adapter that has 8 holes in the top. I mounted a piece of round wood to that and drilled a hole into the middle so the Yang would sit flush onto the wood. And I would be able to bolt it from underneath.
I cut out a 4" x 5" hole in the PVC pipe so that I could access the mount from underneath to tighten the bolt. I also cut it big enough to set the SkySensor hand controller in it.
The PVC pipe is 3.5 feet into the ground. I then got a 12" form and put this over the PVC pipe and filled it with cement 5' above the ground. This made it very sturdy.
Deck is finished - added 5 feet. The view is looking NE
Framing is started here. I added another 2x4 in between each of these 2x4's. Sorry didn't get a pic of the finished framing.
Added the 1/4" plywood as my outer siding and trimmed. Finished with clear varnish. Mounted permanently onto the deck. Insulated the inside with 4.x8 sheets of extruded insulation.
Built the dome base ring 4 1/4" wide which is an 13/4" wider than the building base ring which will give us the overhang. The arcs are 30" apart.
Arc's are finished.
For the outside skin we used 1/4" plywood. Trimmed it with mahogany trim and silicone all the gaps. Used small door tracks to slide the door open.
Cleared the dome for weather proofing. Put more than a hundred golf balls on the building base ring in the track. Made a track on the bottom of the dome ring so this set down over the golf balls that are in the base ring. This gives it a fluid turning motion.
Have my Yang mounted inside it's new home. Looks really great there!!!
Covered the insulation with paneling. I then attached a 24 volt dc motor with forward and reverse to the inside of the dome. I put a sprocket onto the shaft of the motor and mounted a chain on the inside of the dome base ring which turns the dome in either direction.
November 20 2001