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Got the deck taken out, and my buddy and his small crew put in an 18 inch round pier with a T base 5 feet deep. The dirt in my hill is super strong and solid, and I'm guessing that pier base isn't moving at all if much at all. Just levelled the J bolts (except he used screws with flat square 3 inch plates on the end. It'll be solid. So, that part is done. Monday they install the actual deck, should be done my tuesday. Wed. my observatory shows up. Can't wait.

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Comment by Marc Basti on March 30, 2012 at 6:10pm


Charles, when you referenced the bolts w/plates were they similar to this. This is what I was thinking of using (5/8"-11 ss rod) instead of J-bolts. I had this stuff around (I'm a packrat) and to buy 3 ss J-bolts is $60. Wasn't sure if these would work as good as J-bolts.

Comment by Conor on March 30, 2012 at 4:12pm

When you remove the solotube. The pier can absorb heat during the day and radiate it at night which can often adversely affect seeing. Looking forward to seeing the final setup altogether.

Comment by Charles Dunlop on March 30, 2012 at 4:09pm

you mean once I rip the solotube thing off or as it's drying?

Comment by Conor on March 30, 2012 at 4:07pm

Be sure to buy some mylar and wrap it up so it doesn't absorb/emit heat.

Comment by Charles Dunlop on March 30, 2012 at 3:55pm

This is my new pier. You can see my old smaller pier in the foreground. This new one is much more sturdy and put together by pro's. It's also made to accept the paramount Pier. Can't wait to bolt the pier in and light it up!!!

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