Construction of a Permanent Pier
Those into skygazing know the importance of a good alignment; and a good vibration-free pier! That is what I attempted just recently (November 2002); the building of a pier on my balcony in Urla/Izmir/Turkey.
A Pier can be anchored into soil, or, as in this case, attached to the cement floor.
If a balcony is chosen, it needs to be an area that is free of vibrations.
|Surprisingly, the construction
of a pier requires a considerable amount of information. I had to
research for months for the right kind of pier, the one that's easy to
build; yet is vibration-free and trouble-free!
Also, I also had to find a design that was relatively easy to build with the local materials. I was fortunate to find good people to work with.
To withstand nature, layers of paint, silicone and steel have to be used.
|It also requires dozens of
tools, bits, a solid drill. Otherwise it's impossible to build something
that needs to be strong, solid and unflexing.
|Here you can see the bottom
plate; almost ready to be buried into concrete..
|Pier, just after it got
siliconed; and screwed into place. It's still empty.
|Aligning and leveling the
bottom plate ; before the concete sets in. Homebrew solutions,
such as two screws held by tape to serve as sights, can be seen here.
|While filling up the tube,
make sure to remove the bubbles..
|Once the concere is dry, you
can work on leveling the top plate; make sure to turn the water level in
all directions, and check to see that it's really flat.
|Here is a detail of the
bottom of the pier.. White silicone is visible.
|Finally, here is how the bottom half of the pier looks..