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1/8\" 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 aluminum angle installed behind the top #31 brace, using the existing bolts, from corner to corner to stiffen the wall. The #31 braces offer little strength, allowing the wall to be pushed inward by the wind.
1/8\" 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 aluminum angle running from corner to corner has been attached, using the existing bolts, to the inside of parts #24 & #25 to stiffen the front wall. Doors now work much smoother.
24\" wide planting beds 18\" deep on the east and south sides. 1-1/2\" insulation covered with heavy builders felt is installed on all outside foundation framing.
All elictrical has been run for fans, lights, and outlets.
An exhaust fan has been installed above the doors and motorized intake shutters were installed in the lower center section of the rear wall. The next step will be to run the wiring.
Back wall horizontal brace detail. Right brace is attached at bottom hole of #49 corner bracket. Left brace is attached to second hole up at left corner bracket #49.
Brace made of 1/2\" EMT tubing has been added between the side walls at the center to prevent the walls from bowing out. Walls spread more than 2\" after installing panels. Additional braces may be needed in locations with heavy snowfall.
Close up of back wall framing detail. Part #48 flat side attached to braces. Top two holes used to join rear top studs #18 & #19.
Close up of front outside corner. Note part #24 & #25 ceiling plates are installed on the outside of corner not inside as stated in instructions. They are joined using parts #26 & #27 Door Rail.
Close up of inside front corner.
Close up of Outside front corner
Close up of side wall brace.
Close up of stud to base plate connection. Insert 4 long bolts in slot at three center side studs, three center roof studs (both sides) and two center back studs before attaching studs. Instructions incorrectly state only two bolts.
Closeup view of window hardware.
Final photo showing full inside view.
Finished bench along the north wall with adjustable lights above and water filled barrels below for heat storage.
Finished frame on treated 2\"x 10\" resting on 4\" solid concrete blocks in a trench 12\" wide. Interior foundation framing will be built up to equal height of steel base frame. Interior to be filled with gravel to top of steel frame.
Finished greenhouse. All windows on south side. North side wall and roof will be insulated with 3/4\" foil faced foam insulation as well as a portion of the front wall. All panels are taped top and bottom.
Floor has been filled with gravel and planting beds filled with soiless mix.
Greenhouse has been placed behind workshop for protection from westerly winds. Near electricity. Close to raised planting beds and compost bins. Behind the yellow lid under the silver tarp are water barrels used to store rain water.
Inside and outside view of the Harbor Freight automatic vent openers.
New bench made of 3/4\" EMT tubing, covered with 1/2\" wire mesh. This bench is along the south wall. A second bench will be installed on top of water barrels along the north wall.
Now the fun begins. Finish the floor and planting beds. Install benches. exhaust fan and shutters, misting system. lights, etc. etc.
The diagonal corner braces will prevent movement of the corner posts in all directions,The corners are attached to the base frame at three points, two bolts at the corner and one at each brace. This firmly attaches the corners to the base frame.
Water has been run and timer installed for use with mister, sprinkler, or soaker hose.
On the south wall the bench is attached to the wall studs with 1-1/2\" x 1-1/2\" x 1\" clips made from aluminum angle. They are bolted to the studs and screwed to the bench. Legs were welded at the front edge using 3/4\" EMT tubing.
This completed bench will rest on top of 55 gal. water barrels along the north wall.
Fold the hardware cloth over the frame and secure it with screws. The wire will eisily deform at the corners to fit the frame. Washerhead screws were placed aprox. 6\" apart.
Once the frame is complete lay it on top of the hardware cloth. Cut the hardware cloth aprox. 1-1/2\" larger than the frame on all sides. The excess material will be bent up and over the frame and secured with screws.
Braces are held in place with a bar clamp and welded. Once all welding is complete, clean up the welds and paint the welded areas to prevent rusting.
Determine how many crose braces you will need. (Mine are aprox. 24\" apart.) Cut them so that they will just fit inside the frame. Next flatten the ends of each cross brace aprox. half way as shown.
Determine the length desired and cut two pieces to length. Attach the two ends to the two side pieces using the pvc joiners to complete the outer frame. The hardware cloth will hold the pieces together.
Make simple tubing joiners using short lengths of 1/2\" pvc plumbing pipe. Split the pipe with a handsaw, bandsaw, etc. Once split the pieces will fit tightly inside the 3/4\" EMT. This is eisier than welding and grinding the joints smooth.
Tools and materials used to create my benches. Benches are made using 3/4\" EMT and 1/2\" hardware cloth.
First determine the width desired and form two identical ends using a tubing bender.
View of west wall
View of the north wall and roof which have been insulated with foil faced foam insulation.
The Harbor Freight automatic vent openers installed on two of the roof vents.