Procuring plans for 30' - 36' dome

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Procuring plans for 30' - 36' dome

Postby erektor » Thu Jul 15, 2010 2:02 pm

Anyone have resources where I can get plans/material list for this structure?
Alternately, if anyone has access to a used dome, that'd be excellent to know too.

Thanks!!
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Postby kman » Thu Jul 15, 2010 2:09 pm

You could follow the plans I used to build my smaller dome, and scale things up a bit.

Dome Page

Be prepared to get really friendly with DesertDomes.com and their handy-dandy calculator.

Their Dome Tips page should be required reading.
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Postby falk » Fri Jul 16, 2010 7:11 pm

Seconded, Desert Domes is definitely your first stop.

If you have Linux, you can try the software at http://geodome.sf.net/ which allows you to customize your dome and it can produce strut cutting lists and canvas cutting lists for you.

Considerations: you'll be tempted to fiddle with your dome's diameter and other parameters in order to optimize your use of pipes. Before you do this, however, decide how you're going to cover it and what sizes the covering materials will come in. I built a 32' dome because it used the 10' rebar pipes most efficiently. Unfortunately the size I wound up using was the worst possible size for the canvas tarps I wound up covering it with, so it was very wasteful of covering material.

I think your best choice for canvas covers, if that's where you want to go, are canvas tarps from tarpsplus.com. There's a section at http://geodome.sourceforge.net/example.html#better_way that describes how to do this.

Don't use straight canvas from the fabric store. It MUST be pre-shrunk before you cut it, and it should be weather-proofed somehow. That's why I think canvas tarps are the way to go.

Other people may have suggestions about cover material.
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