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Old 06-29-2006, 08:42 AM   #29
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Here's a couple of shots taken this morning before the sun was completely up. Remember, I replaced the regular metal screen with a shade cloth so it actually shows better than represented here in these photos. As I said, the birds like the skylight as a target.

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Old 06-29-2006, 09:35 AM   #30
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building the frame

Brad, your plan looks good, thanks for the drawing.

Did you use 2" angle for outside frame and 1" for inside?

How did you construct the corners of the outside frame?
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The outside frame is 1" aluminum angle and the inside frame is 1/2". As for the corners, I cut a 90 degree piece at a 45 degree angle out of the top part of the angle. I'm sure this is very confusing, so I'll submit a diagram later today. Shhhhh - I'm at work at the moment.

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Old 06-29-2006, 02:31 PM   #32
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Thanks Brad....drawing would help when you have time, I think your plan is the answer...oh yeah....quiet, we're "working".
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Hopefully this diagram will explain how this went together. I seamed the ends together in the center of the back frame and riveted another piece of the 1" angle to the one underneath. I ended up needing to make a second one because the first was slightly too small to fit the frame on the trailer. The second one went much easier as I got better at making these corners. This one took a couple of hours. I've been very pleased with the results and it has held up for 5 years so far.

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Old 06-29-2006, 04:57 PM   #34
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I see the light

Oh I see the light. Guess I'm a visual guy. Great drawings, that makes it clear as...sunlight.

So, on the frame back center you have a short piece of additional 1 angle riveted to hold the frame together?
Any sealant used in corners?
Any trouble aligning or attaching the crank mechanisms?

Now that you have this down I'd bet you could whip one out in less than an hour for mine, eh?

The learning curve is about to go vertical again as I begin to learn to cut 45 degree corners.. I'm going for it.

Thanks, this helps a lot.
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Actually, I used a full length additional piece the whole width of the rear frame to better distribute the stress. I used a bit of Vulkem on each corner, inside and out. The vent lift mechanisms were attached with long rivets that went through both pieces of aluminum and both pieces of lexan.

BTW - when you bend the aluminum frame after cutting out the 90 degree piece, bend it against the edge of a square laminated work surface to keep the bend flat and at 90 degrees.

I had to do this on my own, I think you should to. Be a great way to build your aluminum confidence. Gor for it.

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Brad, you've made the journey into sheetmetal fabrication land much easier. I'm going to try to build one. Thanks for the guidance.
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Glad to help Walter. I'll want to see pictures of your completed project by next weekend.

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The one I made is very similar to Dwight's but I used two sheets of lexan with a dead air space between to act as a thermal barrier against the AZ sun. I also replaced the screen with shade cloth. Makes a tremendous difference.

Here's a cross section.

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Brad where did you get the lexan? I'm planning on duplicating your skylight - it looks great - I can't see paying the $$$ Inland wants. I also want to get a piece to replace the oem corrugated front window rock guard.
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I bought my lexan from home Depot but would imagine any of the big box home center store would have. Make your frame, measure the inside and take your measurements to the home center, they will most likely cut two sheets to size for you. Couldn't be easier.

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OK you guys, any progress on the skylight? I'd like to get an update, if you don't mind.

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OK you guys, any progress on the skylight? I'd like to get an update, if you don't mind.

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No progress here yet. Homey D is 60+ miles south of here, so I try and make the trips count. I've just been working on the polishing a little here and there as I have time.
What I really should be doing 1st is fixing the bathroom - I've got to order a riser and install the toilet correctly. (To correct P.O. "fixes" ) Also have to cut an access panel in the belly pan to get to the bathtub p-trap and replace it. My better half threatens no more camping without a pot to pee in
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