Wednesday, December 18, 2013

snow melt on the greenhouse roof

a picture to show how the snow is melting and sliding off the greenhouse roof. the whole bottom part is ice. it eventually curved down and around til it nearly touched the greenhouse windows, but i didnt get a picture of that.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

shelving, greenhouse post #16

dad took me to pick out shelving. i choose the 20" deep shelves over the 12" deep shelves.

3 - 96"x20" 'tightmesh' shelves.
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i worried we wouldnt be able to get them IN the greenhouse. they're 8 feet long, and the doorway is in the middle. dad was sure we'd be able to maneuver them in, and we did.
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all other greenhouse work is postponed til spring. i need to work on raking up all the leaves before the snow comes.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

closing up the eaves greenhouse #15

worked on closing up the eaves on the greenhouse. i cut pieces of salvaged 2x4's to fit. this worked on the corners where i could tuck one end of the 2x4 behind the roof truss bracket and push the other end back.

south wall, east corner
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but you'll notice all the other eaves have a roof truss bracket on both sides. so i had to cut multiple pieces and tuck each end in, pushing the middle together and back last.
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same eave, from outside
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next eave, outside view. some eaves needed a shim
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next eave, inside
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same eave, outside. some eaves needed a third block in the middle to make them fit
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next eave, inside
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same eave, outside. some eaves needed a third piece in the middle, and a couple shims to make it all fit right.
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south wall, west corner
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the north wall was a different challenge. i could slide the boards in the eaves from outside, avoiding the roof truss brackets. but to do so, i had to slice the bottom off the 2x4's. this worked because the angle of the roof to the wall gets smaller as you push in. this didnt work on the south wall because the angle got larger as you pushed in, and the boards were just loose instead of fitted.

north wall, east corner.
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north wall, west corner
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north wall, from outside
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close up of the north wall, east corner, outside view
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bottom sliced off the 2x4. you can tell because its fresh wood, not the dried/aged wood you can see in all the other pictures.
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the greenhouse is now closed up fairly well for winter. no fear of bats or birds getting in and making a home.

in spring i'll pop the eave pieces out and paint them. then caulk them back in place to seal out bugs.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

greenhouse post #14

brackets were used to attach the roof rafters. this is the south wall
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north wall
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the metal corners on the northwest corner of the roof
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the bent over metal overhang along the north edge of the roof
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the northwest corner of the roof, looking up from below
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the northeast corner of the roof
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the roof rafters are now painted
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everything in the greenhouse is now fully painted with primer. i am done with the primer! it took two gallons of primer. theres about an inch or so left in this second can.
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caulking on the top of glass. it is really hard to get pictures of the caulk in focus.
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caulking bottom of south window. its not easy to master caulking either. towards the right end of the photo you can see i somehow got an air bubble in there.
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caulking between the glass on the bottom of the south wall
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we could have turned this post to avoid having to fill this hole with caulk
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this post the hole went all the way thru, so it'd have been on one window or the other even if turned
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shims were cut and glued into place on the upper south windows. (held in place with tape until the glue dried))
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caulking, upper south glass
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the greenhouse as it currently stands, north wall
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south (east) wall
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southwest corner. some planks on the red fence were removed. maybe some day in the future i'll move the fence post to the left. but for now i like the red fence where it is and dont want to take it down. so it stands as is. theres ALWAYS more projects...
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like removing oil based paint from the glass (oops)
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at this point the roof eaves are still open and needing to be closed up. south wall
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north wall open eaves
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

greenhouse post #13 painting and caulking

inside walls painted
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taped off the glass on the inside of the roof in preparation for painting rafters
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what it feels like in the greenhouse in the sun
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window caulk, clear for the vertical window edges
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we placed strips of foam between the glass and the posts on the vertical edges, then caulked over them.
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its difficult to get pictures of caulking, especially clear caulking
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the bottom of the windows needed shims
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white window caulk for the top and bottom of the glass
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caulked the three windows on the east, north, and west sides
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the upper windows on the south side all need shims
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pushing the glass flat against the post, you can see the gap
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