Step # 1

Your Choice of Foundations

Full Basement, Crawl Space, Concrete Slab....

With the following example, the dome is put on a concrete slab


Step #2

Putting Up the Riser Wall

This 2x4 riser wall is 59 inches high
and supports and lifts the 30 foot diameter EconOdome frame kit.   
A 2x4 Basic frame kit cost 25% less
than our standard Basic 2x6 EconOdome frame kit for each particular size.  
In this case we are building an economical garage next to a dome home.   There are 4x4 posts at each corner, trimmed to be flush at the outside corners.   The ten top and ten treated bottom plates are all 111 1/4 inches long with the ends cut at 18 degrees away from 90 degrees.   Studs cut 56 inchs long are placed vertically at 16 inch o.c. spacing between the plates.
This 5 foot high riser wall may be purchased pre-cut as an option.

Step # 3

Before going any futher, it is best to sort the struts and make groups of each different letter.

There will be stacks of "A", "B", "C1", "C2", "D1", "D2", "E" & "F" struts.

Step # 4


After the corners are braced to hold the riser wall in alignment, the trapezoids are attached above each of the ten sides.   Econ-O-Dome frame kits have modified trapezoids that allow for the easy installation of conventional doors and windows along the lower perimeter of the building.

Step # 5

Ok, you are all set to begin putting the first level up.   One person can do the job, a second person is a plus, and, a third person is a bonus.   A really quick method is having two people up on the scaffold and one person below loading the screws into the pre-drilled holes and handing up the needed struts.   An assembly diagram is used when putting the dome together.   All the struts/boards are marked on the outside edge with letters and arrows that match the diagram.   Attach the struts one at a time ensuring that the struts are positioned according to the assembly diagram.

Step # 6

In the left photo the next two levels are completed.   The right photo shows the EconOdome building frame nearly completed.

Step # 7

The final five "A" struts can be put together on the ground and lifted into place.

The assembly of the frame is complete.   Now would be the time to go back and put in any screws that were omited and to begin putting metal strapping criss-crossed at each connecting point.  


This is a photo of how this frame kit will look from the inside now that it is completed.  Detailed instructions and an assembly diagram for this process are printed in the EconOdome Planning and Building Manual.

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