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Greenhouse – Part 2


Still waiting for the cold weather and snowy pattern we are in to break here in New Hampshire.  I was able to successfully disassemble the greenhouse and move it outside pretty easily with the help of Wen and the boys.  Reassembly of the greenhouse was straight forward.  With the frame complete I needed to add some strapping for my corrugated roof panels because I will be installing the roof panels with the flutes running vertically on the gambrel roof.  This design change will help the gambrel roof shed snow up here in the great white tundra much easier than if the flutes were running horizontally.  So I installed some 1×3 strapping perpendicular to the roof trusses two foot on center that would pick up the closure pieces for my roof panels.

Installing greenhouse strapping

With the strapping in place I needed my trusty assistant to help pass me the plastic closure strips that would attach directly to the strapping. These plastic pieces get screwed down and fill in the voids between the panels and the strapping.

Greenhouse closure strips

It’s always good to have a second set of hands to help hold things in place and after all the greenhouse is like a mini jungle-Jim now.  I ran out of short screws so I had to resort to using some 1-1/4” drywall screws that started to poke through the strapping.  I will need to come along with a saws-all after the panels go up and trim off these pointy screws so I don’t wind up with any greenhouse injuries this spring.

Installing Greenhouse Closure Strips

A close up below of the plastic closure pieces as I installed them on the strapping. Not sure if you need to put a screw in every flute but I figured I better so I would limit my chances of having a panel blow off in high winds.  I also plan on using corrugated roofing crews long enough to penetrate though the plastic closure strip and into the wood strapping itself.

Plastic greenhouse closure strips

We had to mock-up at least one plastic panel on the side and they seem to go up pretty quickly.  I just need to cut the roof panels to the appropriate length and away we go.

Plastic Greenhouse Panels

Thinking of spring…

Thinking of spring


February 16, 2015 - Posted by | Gardening, Home Maintenance, Woodworking | , , , , , , ,


  1. My hands are cold just looking at those photos. 🙂
    You mentioned high winds. To protect my greenhouse from getting blown away, I drove a steel fence post into the ground at each corner. Then I bought some vinyl covered 1/4″ stranded wire, looped it over the ends of the greenhouse, hooked it to turnbuckles on each fence post to secure it to the ground. I’ve never had any wind problems.

    Comment by solarbeez | February 16, 2015 | Reply

    • It has been a brutally cold winter here and snowy to boot. Good tip on using the fence post as anchors, I will need to look into that a little more when we get the greenhouse into its final location this summer. Believe it or not I may be moving this again!

      Comment by billcarpenter4 | February 21, 2015 | Reply

  2. I love this series you are doing especially with such a qualified helper, and I can’t wait to see the rest of it go up. We’ve built a hoop house with greenhouse plastic and years ago we built a loafing shed at another house with the panels you are using. I also applaud your tenacity to work in this weather we’ve been having. But, I’ve been psyched since doing chores this morning because I actually heard several birds chirping. 🙂

    Comment by Judy @ newenglandgardenandthread | February 17, 2015 | Reply

    • Thanks, good help is hard to find! We decided to skip the hoop house and go straight for the greenhouse so we will see how it works out. I admit I had to google “loafing shed” to figure out what it was. Still have a lot of work to do outside especially to get ready for the upcoming maple season, and the snow depth and cold is hampering my productivity quite a bit. Thinking spring here!

      Comment by billcarpenter4 | February 21, 2015 | Reply

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