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Re: TAWPIA 2014

PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:08 am
by TheChairMan
Saturday 12th April 2014:

The Treasurer Jacked up the observatory Dome to knock off a few nobbles in preparation for auxiliary wheel installation.

The Chair and Assistant Treasurer continued medium density block laying in observatory basement. At last, on one of the six pillars, the 12th and final full block layer has been reached. The plan (as agreed at a previous business meeting) is finally being visualized.

Coffee and Donuts.

Re: TAWPIA 2014

PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:41 am
by TheChairMan
Saturday 19th April 2014:



The Assistant Treasurer and Chairman split the remaining Medium Density building blocks using the angle grinder, hammer and bolster method. An additional 10 whole blocks are needed to finish the major Observatory Block work structure.

The Treasurer was scratching his head in the Observatory Dome. The conundrum being an analogy to how do you support (in more than 3 places) a horizontal buckled bicycle wheel on it's rim whilst allowing rotation.

Coffee and biscuits at tea-break.

Re: TAWPIA 2014

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:05 am
by TheChairMan
Saturday 27th April 2014:

Four members were active today with good progress made by all.

The Dome was raised using a hydraulic bottle jack and first installment of auxiliary support wheels fitted. The head-scratching has eased a bit since last week.

Lecture hall and observatory mortar pointing was done do prevent ingress of insects and water.

Continuation of Observatory basement laying.

Brief visit by couple viewing a house on Westcliff Street to see what there prospective neighbours are like.

Coffee and biscuits.

Re: TAWPIA 2014

PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 12:52 pm
by TheChairMan
Saturday 3rd May 2014:

Carpentry and and inspection of Observatory Box Ring started. This continues where left off last year. The Dome will not be used for the next few months.

During preceding week the Observatory has temporarily been installed with an unfitted fitted-kitchen. This will in the near future migrate to the Lecture Hall for kitchen overhaul and refurbishment.

In the Observatory Basement finally one of the block-work pillars has been completed.

Also coffee with accompanying Donuts and Biscuit/s for 4 TAWPIA attendees this week.

Re: TAWPIA 2014

PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 10:33 am
by TheChairMan
Saturday 17th May 2014:

There was not a TAWPIA For last week as the Chair was forgetful.

It was apparent on arriving this week that the mid week work party had been doing some impressive work: The Steps leading to the site have had the edges repainted to increase visibility and the kitchen has been removed prior to upgrade and floor tiling well underway. Thank you

This Saturdays activities mirrored last weeks in that there was continuation of observatory block project, nearly there now with the blocks.

Outside The Treasurer and assistant treasurer continued renovations to the Dome box ring structure.

A very active week at the observatory and one that will benefit members of the Society for long into the future.

Re: TAWPIA 2014

PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 10:10 am
by TheChairMan
Saturday 24th May 2014:

Four members participated in TAWPIA today.

The Kitchen refit has been progressing at speed during the week. It is very impressive. The Society is extremely grateful for the donation and the skill of those who are installing it. The plumbing is being rerouted to make more resistant to winter freezes. This activity was on to days to do list.

The final medium density building blocks for the observatory basement were split out side. It is calculated that the major block laying requires only 15 more to be set into position. This part of the job has taken about six months. 144 blocks will have been split and set in total.

Some rather heavy showers but an enjoyable and constructive afternoon.

Re: TAWPIA 2014

PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 8:03 am
by DIYastronomer
Saturday 31st May

Three members in attendance this week. The main activity was to clear a way down to the site due to the rapid growth of the bushes with the rain. (The handrail was hidden in the shrubbery). The lecture hall entrance received a good tidy up ready for the lecture on Tuesday.

No building or other maintenance work was carried out this week.

Re: TAWPIA 2014

PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 5:58 pm
by DIYastronomer
Saturday 7th June

Two members attended. The pipework to the boiler was completed, together with removal of the old pipework from the toilet. The remaining plumbing work is under the new sink when fitted- hopefully next week. No work was carried out on the dome this week.

Re: TAWPIA 2014

PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:19 am
by TheChairMan
Saturday 14th June 2014:

Return to 4 TAWPIA members this week.

The Chair was a bit lazy however. He will continue basement project next week.

The kitchen plumbing is being rerouted and modernized.

Dome Box Ring repairs progressed.

A nice sunny day.

Re: TAWPIA 2014

PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 10:10 am
by TheChairMan
Saturday 28th June 2014:

Three TAWPIA Members had a busy afternoon.

Kitchen renovation has been carrying on smoothly the last few weeks. The finished job is impressive. The walls were painted on Tuesday evening by Tuesday TAWPIA, today saw the plumbing finalized and pressure tested. The kitchen will be in use for the next meeting this coming Tuesday.

The steps and pathway to the site was tided up. This time of year sees the quickest growth of the plants and weeds down. If this work were not done the site would soon become inaccessible within a few months.

The last of the medium density building blocks were mortared into position today. This is a significant milestone. The six columns now need capping off to insure that the tops are level. The new timbers can then be fixed in position.