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Dome Motorisation - Saturday 20th June 2015


Several members of CMHASD came together to help Andy Barber and Keith Rickard with their dome motorisation project (click here to view details of the project).

The CMHASD members successfully helped remove the old wheels of the dome and replace them with new ones. This was achieved by having four members lift the dome whilst two others placed two planks across the dome ring, allowing the dome to be placed on them and so provide an excellent platform to work on the wheels.

All 12 of the old wheels were removed and many were in a sorry state. They either had a rusty bearing or had their spindles bent, in some cases this was so bad, that the wheel was in contact with the dome wall and so unable to turn.

Whilst at the pavilion members also took the opportunity to do a bit of a 'spring clean' of the pavilion, clean the graffiti off the pavilion wall (thank you Steve Goldson), clear the patio and put up the signs for the anti climb paint.

A very big thank you must go to Janice McClean & Dave Grist for clearing the large amount of rubbish by the side of the pavilion and for Dave then taking that rubbish along with a lot of the items cleared out from the pavilion and loft to the dump and Janice for taking the items to be recycled.

Below are a selection of photos of the day - Thank you to Diane Clarke for taking the photos.
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Andy Barber - The Observatory Manager.
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Remind you of anything?

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Exterminate....exterminate!

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Keith Rickard helping Andy Barber drill the holes for the new wheels....
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Dave Grist taking off one of the old wheels....

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Keith Rickard taking another old wheel off the dome.....

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David Freed helping Andy......

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Honor Wheeler removing yet another old wheel......

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Some of the old wheels were hard to remove...
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Diane Clarke taking another of the wheels off the dome....only seven more to go!
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Steve Goldson drilling the holes for the signs....
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Dave & Honor still removing the old wheels...
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One new bright shiny wheel attached!
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Taking off another old wheel.....
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This is what members were up against when trying to get the old wheels off the dome...
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lots of rust & hard packed dirt around the screws :(
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The observatory work room with new desk!

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Getting the observatory signs ready.....
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More drilling for another sign.........
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Janice attaching the sign to the observatory...
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Whose legs are these????
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Nom, nom, nom.........some yummy cakes made by Mrs Grist :-)
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Tea & Cake :-)
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Honor doing a spring clean......
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David Sheehan fixing the society hard drive.....
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Steve, Janice and Keith clearing the pavilion patio of weeds & rubble....
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Andy continuing with the new wheels.........
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Honor still doing a spring clean......
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Getting ready to put the dome back on its wheels......
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One plank of wood....
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comes out.........
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closely followed by the other plank......
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Does the dome turn?
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Success! the dome turns very nicely :-)
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Happy members doing 'A Martin!'
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Dave, Keith & Honor :-)
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A very happy Dave Grist & Honor Wheeler....
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A big thank you to Janice McClean & Dave Grist for clearing the rubbish by the side of the observatory - which you can see now, is no longer there :-)


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