Dome shed simplicity

As to the advantages of the traditional 4x8 sheet based rectilinear
structure, well said Chuck (see below). But also consider the need to
get things square and plumb with a rectangle shed- sometimes to
prevent collapse later - not always an easy proposition especially on
nonlevel ground.  Dome *assembly* actually has some advantages once
the pieces are cut right.  At least it will *stay* up once put up.
Two thoughts along those lines:

1) The 2 frequency triacon icosa (Class 2 Method 3), edge up,
hemisphere is a really under rated and underutilized structure for
small buildings.  Only "one" triangle is needed for the entire thing
(some are cut in half).  Once you get set up to cut that one, its
redundant. True, an angled cut looks harder than a 90 degree cut, but
at least the user can get by with one set up only.   Further, consider
the "diamond" version of this (Kaiser Aluminum style after Richter) -
looks neat, and flexible panels are somewhat self centering despite
complex angles.  For the 2v, the whole dome is made from the same
panel basically.

Consider it for the temp structure in Tennessee.  I think Ernie once
mentioned that he uses this.

2) There is merit to JMR's panel approach, although if I'm not
mistaken, the
Millers have really given the overlapping panel technique a good
workout and can probably speak to that...
So, instead of a hub connector, maybe what we need is a *panel*
connector. Provide a cutting pattern for the plywood, and provide
angle to join panel edges, rather than hub/strut?  Cut panels, screw
the angle to the edges, join panels....done?  What would it take to
hear, "Boy that sure went up
easy. Why did I ever mess with those old wood shed plans..."

-Dan G.
>Well, just compare it to the ease with which we can build
>a highly standardized stick-framed wall.
>Buy some 8 foot 2x4 lumber, and some stud length 2x4s.
>Lay down an 8 foot board as a footer, lay the studs at
>right angles, nail them into the footer.  Top it off with a
>header, nail it all together, and stand the wall vertically.
>The sheetrock is sized for this construction, too, so just
>take 2 sheets of 4x8 sheetrock, nail/screw them on, and
>you have a finished wall.  No cutting, no fitting, and hardly
>any finish work.  A very elegant, if not overly sophisticated
>By comparison, WE have to pull out the calculators,
>multiply by chord factors, cut (wastefully for many sizes)
>boards to length, figure out a way to join them at the
>"corners," etc.
>Next we have to fugure out a way to finish the walls,
>since sheetrock is a real pain, and the outside must be
>sheathed and made watertight...not the simplest
>proposition using traditional materials.  (I know about
>elastomers and peel-n-stick roofing)
>It's not worth it!  Domes are too hard to build, for
>the average person.
>Given this, I think a connector system that would allow
>the use of plywood panels might be a good solution.
>Sell them with plans for a dome, that make good use of
>a 4x8 sheet of plywood.  (Simpsons sells "dutch dormer"
>garden shed connectors and plans using this model)
>After all, most people just want a place to store their
>lawnmower (garden shed?), and don't care about making
>an architectural statement.
>     -- Chuck Knight
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