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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 Charles Dunlop on April 3, 2012 at 10:46am

thanks Conor. Can't wait.

Comment by Conor on April 3, 2012 at 10:01am

That's going to be so awesome!

Comment by Charles Dunlop on April 3, 2012 at 9:38am

Looks good. They got the wrong color deck planks, so I'm delayed until tomorrow for the final buildout. Can't wait though, tomorrow it'll be done and my observatory shows up tomorrow evening. AMPED!!!

Comment by Charles Dunlop on April 2, 2012 at 9:16am

They said a few days, but it'll be longer anyway. Today wood was delivered for the deck, today the deck goes in, then wed my ovservatory shows up and I'll put that together and then put the pier on and assemble the telescope. So that'll be thursday at the very earliest but most likely friday or satruday because I've got such a busy life. STOKED.... Can't wait. New obervatory and super solid pier and pier base. If I can't nail super good shots after all this then I'm a moron!! :)

Comment by Marc Basti on April 2, 2012 at 3:10am

Good to hear. Looks like you're on schedule. How long did the concrete guys say to let the pier base cure before you bolt on the pier? Marc

Comment by Charles Dunlop on April 1, 2012 at 4:44pm

Basti the bolts seem very solid on first review. Seems much more solid than my J bolts from my first pier, which two of them had a touch of play. These have zero play.

Comment by Charles Dunlop on March 31, 2012 at 9:35am

Marc, it's drizzling chilly today, good for even drying. Got it covered and am pretty happy. Can't wait to peel the cardboard tube off. Really excited, this is going to be a way more stable pier than what I had before. Kind of stoked to be sure.

Comment by Marc Basti on March 30, 2012 at 6:22pm

Good thanks for that info, that will save me a few bucks. Charlie, may you dry slowly and evenly lol. Marc

Comment by Charles Dunlop on March 30, 2012 at 6:17pm
Conor my pier base will be underneath a deck so itll have little sun exposure if any at all. :).
Comment by Charles Dunlop on March 30, 2012 at 6:17pm
Thats similat to what they looked like. Maybe the plates were a little larger. Guy says he likes these better than j bolts. Im not going to argue. Just letting it all sit there until sunday then ill touch it. Lol.

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