OK, done with another project! I can certainly say, if I were
to do this again, I would go to the lumber yard and buy some good wood - cobbling things together from scraps that have laid around the shop for decades (dried out, warped, twisted) is not the best thing for my patience.
All glued, screwed and nailed together, out on the driveway for a final coat or two of paint:
(It's really not tilted, I'm taking all these shots with the iphone and I have a hard time figuring out what's level, from time to time.
Here we go - all equipped, Max-Minimum thermometer, two Current Temp thermometers, and the new barometer:
The barometer came in ahead of schedule -- I told the seller what I wanted it for, and she shipped it "One Day Priority." Nice. Rosebud was quite interested in the bubble wrap packaging.
A thing of beauty, a Taylor High Altitude Barometer, made specifically for use from 4900 to 9500 feet above sea level (ASL).
It reads from 21 inches to 26 inches Hg, so you have to apply the proper correction factor for your altitude. About a 16th of a turn of the adjusting screw, and it was set for my altitude. The correction factor for my back yard is plus 5.3757 inches, and when added to the dial reading, it turns out that it's within .02" to .05" of the reading from the Davis VantagePro2. Not bad for a "vintage" instrument. It actually looks so good, and the copper and brass case is in such good shape, I'm not putting it outside in the SS, it will reside right on the radio table. I've got it hanging on a bookend, by the way, so it won't tip over onto its face.
And there we are - set up next to the post with the Davis, and the 4-inch rain gauge. Timber wonders what all the excitement is about putting a box in "his" back yard.