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I'm going to build a greenhouse

Do-it-yourself projects such as greenhouse or shadehouse builds and related topics.

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Postby Lewis_cacti » Sun Mar 30, 2008 5:39 am

Mike wrote:Daiv,

Looks good. BUt what is that white stuff on the ground????? :lol: Mike

Yes, i was wondering the same thing. What is that foreign unfamiliar white substance on the ground?? :lol:
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Postby lordarutha » Sun Mar 30, 2008 6:22 am

That looks great Daiv. Be nice to see the finished pics with the plants at home. :D
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Postby parrotsheaven » Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:09 am

G'day Daiv
That is looking great. What did you put the plastic on with. I was looking for a staple gun but couldn't find one :dontknow:
Sure look better than the one I made out of an old bird aviary. Mind you the bird aviary I made so its no wonder :lol:

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Postby Fingoen » Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:17 am

You are good handyman, strongly that we can see more of your work
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Postby peter » Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:40 am

Interesting setup.
The chair is looking dangerous, I wouldn't work with it!
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Postby daiv » Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:42 pm

peterb wrote:just his saying..."remember, if women don't find you handsome, they better find you handy."


Ahh, I thought maybe the old red barn or something.

I attached the plastic first with a staple gun and then with slats of wood screwed down so that there is a continuous strip holding it on and not smaller points that can tear.

I've got to go up to Grand Rapids today (about three hours north) and so won't be able to finish it until later in the week.

But you can bet I will keep you guys in on the project.
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Postby daiv » Mon Mar 31, 2008 3:23 pm

Mike wrote: BUt what is that white stuff on the ground????? :lol: Mike


Well as for the "white stuff", we got another inch this morning and are supposed to get up to 5 inches before it quits. So if I took a picture now, all you would see is "white stuff"!
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Postby hob » Mon Mar 31, 2008 3:32 pm

daiv wrote:Ian, I've thought about heat, but after reading your experience, I think I might be able to get away without it. The nights shouldn't get below 20 from here on out I think...


i like this post.......it says if i loose any i can blame iann :P :lol:

peter wrote:Interesting setup.
The chair is looking dangerous, I wouldn't work with it!


i like this one too, i can see you falling as the chair breaks and thinking ......i read that somewhere :P :lol:
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Postby CoronaCactus » Mon Mar 31, 2008 3:42 pm

Looks awesome Daiv! Nice work dude.

lol...The Red Green Show. Man it's been awhile, thanks for the laugh :D :P
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Postby daiv » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:20 pm

hob wrote:i like this post.......it says if i loose any i can blame iann :P :lol:


Ha! I'll have to blame Ian anyway. :P

Seriously, by the time I get it up and running and cacti moved, we *should* have regular highs of 50 or above with the occasional freezing night in the upper 20's/low 30's - so I think it will stay warm enough within that it won't freeze. I have a portable indoor safe propane heater that I can always turn on for the night if necessary.
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Postby Tony » Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:09 pm

Lookin good Daiv, Should work out fine until next winter anyway.
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Postby daiv » Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:59 pm

Lots of Red Green clips on youtube as well...
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Postby TimN » Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:47 pm

During my greenhouse/lean-to/shelter build I found that the heavy duty velcro works pretty well for panels that need to be removable or adjustable.

I recently read about plastic batten material. It's plastic about 6 mil thick by 2" wide on a roll. You can tack, staple through that to lend support. I used some cardboard shim material of about the same dimensions. It doesn't get too wet here so it should last a few years.

Almost all the plastic is gone from my project. I had to replace it with shade cloth. I couldn't get enough ventilation. I had to ventilate the entire thing. It actually stays somewhat cooler than outdoor direct sun temp. We'll see how that keeps up over the hot part of the year!

My plan is to use the plastic to make a rain fly that I can attach with Velcro when it rains and/or gets cold.

BTW, the I'd take my chances with the chair, but I wouldn't stand too close to that barn. It looks like a stiff breeze or medium sneeze could bring it down.

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Postby daiv » Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:36 am

Ha -Don't worry Tim, the old barn is sagging a bit, but is fairly sound still.

Ok I finished up the roof and side panels yesterday, but I fogot to bring my camera, so I don't a have pictures of the build. It is complete except for the door, which I'll do this week.

So here is a front view with the side panels locked closed:

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Here, the side panel is extended for ventalation:

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Here is one of the side panels removed -there are two on each side that can be locked tight, vented, or removed completely. They hang on hooks at the top and I use hook and eye to lock the bottom.

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Here is a back view:

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Finally, inside view shows roof a bit:

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If it looks a little slanted, it is not on level ground. when I move it into the final position, I'll level it off.
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Postby peterb » Mon Apr 07, 2008 3:07 am

wow daiv, really looking great! I like the little arty accent over the door. I hope the greenhouse it meets your growing needs for the spring.

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