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Greenhouse – Part 2

Greenhouse

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 | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Greenhouse – Part 1

Greenhouse

Finally have an opportunity to sit down and write a few words.  Despite the continuous snow fall that we seem to be getting lately, I am thinking spring. Inspired by searching for greenhouses on Pinterest I came across a greenhouse design PIN that we think would work for us from the Ana-white.com website I tweaked the design, a smidge as I always seem to do and started the build a couple of weekends ago.  I ended up building it in the garage because it was hovering right around 0-degrees outside without wind chill at the time.

We decided to go 10’ x 10’ in size and figured we would use clear plastic panels to skin the whole outside.  We are in a heavily wooded area so we are hoping that this will help get us to an early start this growing season before all the trees leaf out.

I ended up building this by myself in one weekend, and because I was building inside, I had to build it so it could be knocked down, moved out of the garage and assembled outside.  The side walls are each their own components.  The front and rear end walls are also their own components.  Lastly the (4) roof trusses and ridge are one component.  Anything that was not being disassembled was nailed, and any connection points that I was going to need to disassemble was put together with screws.

I started construction with the knee wall.  I used a 2×4 PT sill plate and KD SPF 2×4 top plate and 2×4 studs 24” o.c. to build the knee walls.  I threw and extra 2×4 in at the corners so I could easily screw in the front & rear walls to the sides walls.

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Next I built the end walls.  The first thing I did was to make the rafter gussets.  The Ana-white website has a great video of how to this, which saved me from having to figure it out.

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Essentially using a piece of blue tape and a couple quick marks on my chop saw you can mark the point where you make your 22.5-degree angle cuts and where you make your 90-degree cross cuts.  This made for quick work of cutting out the dozen or so plywood gussets I needed for the trusses.

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With all the gussets cut, I cut a total of 8 rafters 48” long with 22.5-degree angles on both ends.  These are for the end walls.  It easy to make a quick jig for cutting your rafters to length as well.  With the rafters cut, I glued the but joint where they meet and clamped them to my work table.  I then applied a liberal amount of glue to the face of the rafters getting the plywood gusset plate, and clamped it down.  Eight screw later and I was good to go.  Just make sure you thing about the orientation of the gussets prior to assembly on your greenhouse.  I wanted all gussets facing inside the greenhouse, so they would cause a problem when I side the outside face of the greenhouse walls.

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Three gusset plates and four 48” roof rafters and I had the end wall roof rafter ready to go in place.  I had to add a couple more 2×4’s to keep the end wall rigid when I go to move it outside.  Rinse and repeat for the opposite end and away you go.

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I got both end walls up and stopped for the night.  The next day I set the ridge up and and made the rest of my rafters up and installed them.  I don’t have many photos but it’s pretty easy to figure out.  Just make sure you do the math on the lengths of your pieces so everything will work.  I deviated from the Ana-white plans on the framing so some of my dimensions were slightly different.  This goes up quick and is an easy build just take your time.

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February 8, 2015 Posted by | Gardening, Home Maintenance, Woodworking | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Greenhouse

Things have been busy and the weather has been odd lately, so I was way behind on my gardening and even further behind on my blogging.  So after a month long hiatus, I am ready to catch up with this years gardening attempt, which happens to be our 3rd attempt.  This year, is the year of the raised bed greenhouse.

The plan was simple – create some type of wood frame, attach some box store poly to the frame, and increase my growing season later in the year for one of my raised beds.  I have a couple raised beds that are 48” square in size.

I took six 2×4’s 8’ long and cut them in half and then ripped them to 1-1/2” in width.  This made a bunch of sticks 1-1/2” square 48” long, with an extra rip a little more that 1/4” in thickness.  This off-cut or waste board I anticipated using a a batten to help attach the poly to the frame.  I like to minimize waste…

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From here I used coated deck screws, my fastener of choice lately, the type that use the torx head bits to drive them.  I made a basic square frame using two 48” tall vertical supports and two 42” horizontal pieces at the top & bottom.  A simple square shape that was surprisingly rigid with just screws and no cross bracing.

Next I screwed an 18” piece to the top of the frame in the center of the top horizontal member of my frame to act as a ridge pole if you will.  From there my inner architect decided to do two different angles for side of the roof.  While I thought this looked wicked cool and at the time seemed practical for doing a future vent at the top of the roof this design detail proved to be a huge pain the the butt when dealing with the poly!  This detail has been V.E.’ed out fo the next design.  The next design will have the same roof angles.

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I screwed each square frame with roof assembly to the raised be frame with some 3-1/2” deck screws and attached ended up attaching four total cross member that spanned the two frames, two of them are shown above.  This made the entire frame surprisingly sturdy.  In addition to what is shown in the photo above I added some 6” long 45 degree braces at the bottom corners to help stiffen the base of the frame where it attaches to the raised bed.

Now for the poly – one suggestion, try to pick a non-windy day to attach poly to your greenhouse.  A calm day is a sane day.  I picked up some 6mil poly that Lowe’s calls clear, and draped it over the greenhouse and cut it to length before unfolding it.  The “clear” poly was far from clear… Once I had it cut to length allowing for a little extra I unfolded it and set about attaching it to the frame.  I started at the bottom and took one of my off rips which were already cut to 48” long and and screwed in on top of the poly to the raised bed. I then stretched the poly and attached the off-cuts or strapping as I went up and over the roof and back down to the raised bed I then cut and stapled the poly inside the frame.  This left the front and back of the bed which are oriented East and West for the doors.

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For now I took some more poly attached it to a couple extra 2×4’s, 48” long and attached one to the top of the frame and one attached to the poly itself acting as a weight until I could come up with a better door system.

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So the top 2×4 is fixed to the greenhouse frame, and the bottom is attached only to the poly allowing you to lift the poly up and out of the way while planting.  I secure the bottom 2×4 with a simple wood lock.  Coming up with this simple yet inefficient entry system gave me a good idea for the second generation sliding greenhouse door.  When I find time of course.

Since this post we have most of our garden planted with the exception of the cukes. I always seem to be late on these.  Any how the greenhouse is fully planted with some hot peppers and bell peppers from seed.  My seedlings did not survive this year so I am hoping the greenhouse will extend my season enough at the end of the year that we will be able to harvest some peppers.  We will see….

May 9, 2012 Posted by | Gardening, Woodworking | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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