Friday, October 23, 2009

The Greenhouse Project: Mostly Screwed

Yes you read the title right. My greenhouse project is mostly screwed.

Rather than use nails to hold everything together we're using coated deck screws as they tend to hold things much better and if you mess something up it's easier to fix!  The three disadvantages of this is it takes longer, the drill eventually runs out of power (although I'm borrowing my dad's which holds a charge pretty good), and they tend to be more expensive.

Did you think I meant something else?

I thought you might be interested in seeing where we stand with the greenhouse project today. All the windows are framed sized and almost tested. I'm waiting to install them until after we have the roof installed. I don't want to risk damaging any the windows with an errant board, foot or ladder. Sizing each opening properly was time consuming. Every window has different dimensions which means a lot of measuring, figuring, and planning. In some cases I had to take apart sliding windows to use individually because the frames were in no condition to be used.

Because we're using a combination of  patio doors and windows some of the openings had to be specially framed. Here in this picture you can see the two rough openings for vertical patio doors on the left and one opening for a patio door turned on it's side for another window.


 
Here's the same side from a different view. The space on the left will be to house the mowers. After all it's not just a greenhouse, it's a shed too!




Since rain is in the forecast for Friday I have no clue if I can accomplish anything on the greenhouse but I'll do what I can. I feel like I've gotten a pretty good start on things but there is still a long way to go!




7 comments :

  1. Looking good, Dave! And screws are definitely the way to go. You'll be so grateful you took that extra time for them!

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  2. I was hoping that's what you meant!! Looking good Dave..

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  3. Good morning Dave! Yes, I thought you meant something else. I also laughed - the name of your post reminded me how once I wanted to use an expression "screwed, blued, and tattooed" in my post, but I'm glad that I checked its definition! Have a great weekend!

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  4. I love that your reusing an old door for a window! Hubby uses screws for things to when he can instead of nails. You know it will be very sturdy! The extra time is worth it.

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  5. Hi Dave, very clever! Screws are so much better, they don't pop out either. It looks like you are taking the time to do it right, good deal! It is going to be so cool, I can't wait to see the finished product in use. Looks like you might get done in time for winter seed starting too! PS, it pays to also have a plug in drill sometimes, too. :-)
    Frances

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  6. That sure is looking good Dave. Way to go with the screws. Takes more time but will hold up longer.

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