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Apr 09, 2021, 08:08 am #15 Last Edit: Apr 09, 2021, 08:30 am by pgordon
A chance advert for a local shop gave me a thought this morning for what could perhaps be an ideal material for outdoor TARDIS construction for any/all parts using flat plate material (walls, roof panels etc...)

The advert was for replacement panel for the bottom of a trailer.. I have a trailer, the bottom is a plate of an extremely tough, resillient material which appears wood-like. - I don't know for sure that it is wood, perhaps some composite, perhaps with wood fibres within. It's maybe 12mm thick, comes in fairly large sheets - the one in the bottom of my trailer is a single piece 1200mmx2000mm.

My trailer lives outside in all weathers all year round, it has had snow & ice covering it for months on end. The drain holes in my trailer block with leaves, so it often sits there with a puddle in it for weeks on end. I throw great lumps of concrete & stone in there, soil, you name it, it all gets thrown onto this surface, and it just takes it (and takes it), and still looks in perfect condition (albeit rather dirty!)

I bet, if I bought some of these panels and made a TARDIS out of that, it would be pretty resilient against rot!

Also, anyone tried installing a solar powered fan for a bit of forced air ventilation? - plenty of suitable items on Amazon...

Just a couple of thoughts.



It's times like this when we need GalacticProbe.  Because I'd swear someone did install a fan (or at least researched it).  But I'll be darned if I can remember who or when.  (Of course I'd swear my "Readers Digest Complete Do It Yourself Guide" had a section on building shed doors and after days of searching the index and finally paging through the entire thing, I have to admit it doesn't.)  But yes.  There was someone, I'm sure of it.  And in the old days I could just say this and in a few hours Dino would come back with the link.  :(
"My dear Litefoot, I've got a lantern and a pair of waders, and possibly the most fearsome piece of hand artillery in all England. What could possibly go wrong?"
-The Doctor.


Apr 09, 2021, 08:22 pm #17 Last Edit: Apr 09, 2021, 08:36 pm by pgordon
Not much progress today.. darn real life, and real earning a living type work keeps intruding. Back to back teams meetings is nothing like as much fun as TARDIS building...

I did manage a little bit in my lunch break... I've drilled a hole through the floor panel big enough for 2 cable conduits, and I've installed 2 lengths of flexible cable conduit through the floor, through the deck, and run it beneath the deck back to the garage wall. I've drilled a hole through the garage wall, and made a start feeding the conduits through, but then my final teams call of the day was due and I had to stop.

The 2 conduits are filled with 4 cables, 1 is mains electricity cable, a rubber sheathed   1.5mm2 3 core variety. The other conduit is for low voltage signal cable: 1 CAT5E Ethernet, 1 CAT5 CBUS (home automation), and 1 6-core alarm cable. I'm not sure if I'll actually end up using any or all of the LV cables, but I figure it's better to have it & not need it than the other way round right?

I may install a small-form-factor PC in the TARDIS, so Ethernet will be handy for that. The CBUS will give me the option to install a variety of automated lighting, and the alarm cable will let me install a PIR motion sensor and/or magnetic door sensor so I would have the option of setting up a variety of automated responses based on the door opening, or movement inside or in front of the box...

I do have integration between my alarm and my CBUS system, so alarm sensor inputs can trigger CBUS responses, and I also have both integrated with SONOS, which I could also install in the TARDIS... I could do things like.. magnetic door sensor detecting the door opening could play an MP3 of a creaky door opening sound, and turn on the interior lights, boot up the PC...

I just have to think of what to do with it all!



Unfortunately, not much TARDIS building this weekend:


This is forecast to continue until the end of today.



I've had a few days nice weather, so I have managed to make some progress. I've got the base in position, got all 4 corner posts fitted into place and caulked in. Even though the end-grain on the bottom of the posts has been painted multiple times, I also smeared caulk over all the end-grain cuts as wellso that sould serve as a backup against water penetrating through the bead of caulk that I'm adding along all the outside joins.

I'm adding one wall at a time, finishing it off & repainting it as I go. As mentioned earlier, my glazing bars weren't up to snuff, so I'm resecuring the windows & the glazing bars with screws, as well as a new caulk all around both inside and outside.

Only the back wall is fixed in place so far, - the side wall in position in these pics is just there to keep the back at the correct angle whilst the caulk goes off, I'll be removing it later for its refurbishment.


Here's some views from te other side showing how little room there is behind it. I did have to squeeze myself in there in order to properly caulk all the outside joins around the wall...


because I'm using oil based paint on the outside, each wall panel has to stay up on the sawhorses for at least a full day while it dries. I've got 2 more days of nice weather forecast before some rain overnight so I'm hoping to complete and install one more wall before I have to put the covers on again. I think I will also go ahead & install the roof stack - the sides go in & out quite happily with it in place, and the roof being on, and caulked will surely help keep the rain at bay - the covers will go back on anyway at this stage as there will be a couple of completely open sides...

Best get back to it...



More unsolicited advice you probably don't need:  I don't know how much wind you get at that location, but I would try to keep an eye on those evergreens.  It sounds like you have a pretty robust paint plan, but if those branches grew out and then wind action started scouring them against the paint it could compromise your waterproofing. 
"My dear Litefoot, I've got a lantern and a pair of waders, and possibly the most fearsome piece of hand artillery in all England. What could possibly go wrong?"
-The Doctor.


I hate those damn trees! but I don't think there's much danger to the TARDIS from them... - they tend to grow (very) slowly, and have very little by way of serious branches apart from the central stems - heck it was good anough to cushion Rambo's fall from the cliff face in First Blood... - out at the edges the 'leaves' on these things are like feather dusters, and are quite easily trimmed....  I've a plan to maybe put fence panels along my side of them, but I hadn't planned to go behind the TARDIS with them (that would impede my ability to squeeze into the gap behind it) and they wouldn't be that high anyway.


May 03, 2021, 08:35 am #22 Last Edit: May 03, 2021, 08:47 am by pgordon
So, been a busy couple of weeks, and not with Tardis building unfortunately, - just had a complete kitchen renovation so my hands have been full for a while, hence no update to the diary for a little while.

However, with that job (mostly) behind me, I did manage to make a little progress this weekend. The weather was mostly kind to me.

I brought the parts of the roof stack back out of storage in the basement where they've been languishing for the last year. I may have mentioned before that this build was originally planned to be portable & thus comprised of parts that could be easily manhandled into place by me working alone. Ergo, the roof was made as 2 separate parts; the bottom 2 steps:

This has cutouts at the corners to site it correctly on top of the corner posts. It also serves to keep the corner posts upright and in the correct place. Previously, (and TBH currently) nothing more than gravity was used to keep the roof parts in place... Although I _can_ manhandle it into place on my own, it is nonetheless quite heavy. Now that I'm changing the plan to make this a permanent box, I'll obviously be looking into some proper mechanical fixing, and weather proofing.

The fit is 'OK' but not fabulous...


I will be adding the small detail pieces on the outside, so these gaps will be closed up and hidden. Here's how she looks so far...


Once that layer is on, the top step with the pyramid & the lamp housing sits on top, again, thus far only using gravity to stay in place. Here's a couple of views of the roof from both outside and inside.


The seam between the two layers is actually pretty good & tight, - you can't really tell here, but I have gone round all the seams with a bead of transparent caulk, so the roof components should be fairly well weatherproof already...


I don't have a satisfactory lamp housing yet - I'm always on the lookout for something better, but in the meantime, I've found this one locally which will do for the time being:


It's completely closed at one end, and so it presents a totally waterproof face to the outside world. I've not yet made the cap.

Lastly, because rain is forecast about 24 hours from now, and I've only got the barest minimum of weatherproofing done on the roof, I've fitted the cover that I made last year, just to be on the safe side: