The TexasPrepper2 greenhouse is all set in it’s permanent space in the garden/orchard, that trellis in the front is our newly planted hardy kiwis, I will be following up on them in the future. As far as the greenhouse goes, the rest of this post will kind of show you how we got to this point with it. What I won’t be doing is giving any particulars about dimensions because he is now selling a book with plan on amazon and it would be like stealing from him to do that. Go buy his stuff!
This is our test fit of the two cattle panels in the frame. It was then tacked to the side skids with 1.5″ fence staples.
This is after the panels were attached to the skids, we decided to paint the skids since we did not use pressure treated lumber. You will also notice the black foam pipe insulation used to protect the plastic covering from the ends of the panels are snugly zip tied into place.
We laid it out like this to get the proper length for our first cut. We bought 4 mil plastic on a 15’x25′ roll and luckily we will be able to use that one roll for two, count’em two, covering jobs.
Here we have the full test fit look going on. This is where we took a break to bask in the beauty of it all, get a drink of water and think about the best way to start the attachment of the plastic. TexasPrepper2 tells exactly how to do it, but I always try to think of different and possibly better ways to do things. I couldn’t come up with any so we followed the directions and started stapling it to the skids.
Once it was stapled to the skids we started pleating and stapling it to the door and window uprights.
That cleared the way for us to staple it to the frame between the skids.
We cut the excess material away from the doorway and window so that we could work more easily. First we had to make them so we ripped a bunch of 2″x4″ boards into 1/4″ strips and pre-drilled them so that they would not split when we screwed them in to place.
When it was completely fixed to the frame work it was time to reinforce the plastic by attaching wooden strips over the areas where the plastic was stapled like around this door frame for example.
Here is the window frame all reinforced.
We reinforced the areas below the door and the window first then we did the skids. Coming right along huh? Ma is a hard worker and she is precise, I like that a lot.
And wouldn’t you know it, as soon as I say that she goes goofing off.
Once Ma’s Ma and Pops got here we went to work and have pretty much been busy doing all kinds of things for the last 10 days or so. One of the things we did though, was to put the greenhouse where it belongs in the garden/orchard area. Looking good eh? You might notice there is a door in place I covered it and the window one morning and forgot to take pics of the process.
Ma and I built the shelves too and we didn’t take pics of that either. Sometimes we are old and forgetful. See that funky looking hinge? That is an automatic opener, sort of a hydraulic affair, when the oil warms it expands and causes the window to open and vent out the heat that WILL build up in your greenhouse if you decide to build one.
There is a close up of the Harbor Freight opener. I have got to rig up some sort of a weight to pull the vent closed as the temps drop in the evening. I am going to try using washers and string attached to the top of the window and looped over the first rung of the panel on the end. I’m pretty sure it will work but for now I just go out in the evening and pull the window shut.
Tie downs you ask? Well so did my buddy Glen so I knew I would have to come up with something to combat wind induced roll overs that could easily happen when the winds come sweeping down the plain. I do believe Pop’s may have found a much better use for these cork screw type dog tie downs than their intended purpose.
How about a close up of the way I attached the tie downs?
And this is what it looks like from the inside when it’s been raining. Pretty kewl water droplets eh?
Well, that’s about all I got, take it easy.
TL;DR Step by step of how we built our TexasPrepper2 Greenhouse. Look at the pics…
- Texasprepper2 Greenhouse Plans (offkilteracres.com)
- Researchers at Ford and Ohio State look to dandelions for ‘green’ material (reviews.cnet.com)
- Appeal for 2,000 bottles to build flower show greenhouse (telegraph.co.uk)
- Greenhouse is Up and Growing (juliencb.wordpress.com)