The Greenhouse Edition
The Farm Report 3-23-2019
The threshold pieces are just held in place with a cleat. I built them so they can be removed in the event I want to take them out and drive a vehicle inside.
You have to stand back and admire your work from time to time. Really. Getting a long distance view sometimes lets you see when unexpected things are going wrong. Or, it looks great and you breath in before quitting for the day.
The cross arch guy wires help hold the arch in the event of a snow load. More about that later! They also help the arch operate as a single structure during high winds. I have HIGH winds here.
To hold the cattle panels, I just made a ledge out of framing lumber. The panels simply sit on the ledge. Since they are pushing out anyway, it works great.
Once everything was in place, I added a clincher to stop the panels from being able to lift off the ledge. Again, high wind strategy!
More framing details around the opening.
The diagonal support members are just cut to fit.
Although it is 6X6, that is just a guideline. The wire isn't very precise, so things don't match up perfectly. Come as close as you can and go on.
Ragged edges are just part of the bargain.
To save money and save materials, I cut in pieces where ever I could. This wire is to add wind support for the plastic skin. It isn't giving the structure any strength or integrity.
Every sharp exposed edge got black taped up.
Call me Edsel if you want, but I didn't like the black. So, I painted the black tape with some brown camo spray paint from Walmart. (Edsel was Henry Ford's son. It's part of the story.)
Common gate latches are all I need for my doors. No burgelers or thieves here. I do have raccoons and 'possums and coyotes and wind though, so I need something positive to latch and hold the doors.
Lettuce loves to grow in hydroponic basins. These corner shelves and some sweater pans from Walmart work perfectly.
Bottom view, for those who care.
See the doors wide open? During the summer, that's the way they stay most of the time. It gets really hot in there!
In the winter, it gets really cold in there!
One storm was a windless, heavy wet snowfall. The arches just couldn't take it.
The snow load caused them to fail and compress inwardly.