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In October 2009, David Yeardley gave us the greenhouse that he had had years ago, and which he had disassembled in about 1993. No instructions, of course, and some of the pieces were missing, so assembling it was something between an adventure and a nightmare. It was finally finished on 15 April 2011, after nearly 18 months.


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This page consists of extracts from my diary and shows the progress of the effort.

Monday, 19 October 2009

David and Chris came over today to deliver the bits and pieces:


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It'll be fun putting that up, especially since we don't have all the parts, and we don't have any instructions.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

CJ and Sue along this morning to look at the greenhouse, and started trying to work out how it fits together. Made surprising progress. Yvonne went over to the Yeardleys to pick up the screws, but they had been lost in the course of the years, so we'll have to get some new ones. Not much chance of starting tomorrow now. Followed up on a label we found on the door of the greenhouse, and found the manufacturer, Christie garden products in Dunedin, NZ, on the web. Unfortunately they don't have any online manuals for erecting the thing.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

CJ and Sue along today. We had planned to put the greenhouse together, but we still don't have the screws. Took one out as a sample. It's amazing how primitive the things look, with straight slits and square nuts:


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That's not ideal for modern tools; maybe we can find something else.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

After that, we attended to the greenhouse, and at least got the main frame up:


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The problem is that a number of the brackets for the roof are broken, and I don't know where to find replacements. I suppose I'll have to call up the manufacturer. They're made out of plastic, and they don't look like an easy thing to fake:


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Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Call from John Bram, the greenhouse man, about the missing parts for the greenhouse. He was very helpful, but without seeing the parts, it was difficult for him to come up with any ideas. Took some photos for him to make it easier to work out what replacements we can use:


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The inside measurement of the profiles is exactly 25.40 mm (1.000 inch).

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

We haven't had much progress with the greenhouse, and I hadn't head from John Bram, who only works Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so decided to go to the Banksia Garden Centre in Melbourne, where I found John Bram and discovered that he's really John Bramley, and that he had sent me a reply. Presumably another damned false positive. He said that the new-style fittings would work, but after looking at them, I'm not so sure. In particular, the middle roof beam now looks very different:


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I'll have to compare these pretty carefully, but at the moment it's looking like custom-made brackets.

Friday, 20 November 2009

The greenhouse has been on hold while we consider how to replace the missing parts. A call from Doreen at the Banksia Garden Centre, left on the answering machine, helped: they can supply the plastic plugs (which I think they call Gussets). But I didn't get round to calling back to confirm.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Winter's around the door, so it's time to finish erecting the greenhouse. Out to try to puzzle out how the thing fits together, and took 30 minutes to screw down two rails which hold the roof trusses (on an angle at the very left of the left-hand photo below). Why do all these holes not quite fit? I'm fairly sure that I am putting the thing in the right place, but some screws have to go through 3 holes that are up to 1 mm offset, and I needed a fair amount of force (not to mention cursing and swearing) to get the screws in place. Then we tried to put in the roof trusses:


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We're missing about 20 cm length in the beams. How is that supposed to work? We also have some kind of flap that I think is intended to open at the top to ventilate it, but I have no idea how it is supposed to fit, and these gussets in the middle (the piece with the round holes in it) came attached to one of the trusses, and there are holes on the other which match. The only way that could work would be if the trusses started further up. But then there would be a gap at the bottom, and the flaps wouldn't work. I wish I could find erection instructions for this thing.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Today was supposed to be rainy, but we had bright sunshine, so out with Yvonne to try out my new idea about how to mount the roof of the greenhouse. In exactly the second where I started to lift the roof section, the rain came and quickly made it clear it didn't intend to stop. Something doesn't want me to finish this project.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

The current state of play was that we had four roof sections, each consisting of a cross-member and two rafters, and we couldn't work out how to mount them. Clearly two of these fitted on each side of the central arch, but the rafters weren't long enough to reach the gussets at the top (thoughtfully mounted on two of the sections):


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Since then I had taken another look at the parts and identified screw holes about 20 cm from the bottom of the rafters forming the arch, and decided that they must fit there. The rain let up enough for us to make another attempt. It didn't need to be very long: yes, there were holes on the end rafters, but not on the middle one. Clearly that wasn't the way it was intended either. Somehow the whole thing doesn't seem to fit. And just as we were giving up, it started to rain again.

Did some more head-scratching and looking at the mounting holes. There's only one place on all the rafters where the cross-member would fit, but it's close to the top, so the rafters would have to point down, and the gussets would be at the bottom, where they don't fit. To fit the things, we'd have to remove the gussets. But it turned out that that's the correct way to assemble the roof. The gussets go on the other end of the rafters, close to the cross-members:


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Now everything makes sense. There are ventilation flaps along the roof, and they attach to the same kind of gussets. They're upside down in this photo:


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Each flap has two gussets, which fit exactly into the holes at the (real) top of the rafters. But that leaves a couple of questions unanswered: first, why were the gussets attached to the wrong end of some of the rafters, and secondly, where do they fit at all? I had already established that one gusset was missing, but now it's beginning to look as if we have three too many. Has somebody (David?) already made an attempt to re-erect the greenhouse, and didn't finish?

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Greenhouse progress

After yesterday's success with the greenhouse, continued with the rest of the structure, which went well. Got the remainder of the structure in place (I'll screw most things tight later), including one door and rail. Now I only have a couple of things over: the flaps at the top, which need straightening before I can mount them, and a few odds and ends which I can't place.

As I had noted, there are three gussets, engraved “arch gusset”, but which would also fit between the rafter and the wall, explaining their position on one of the roof sections when I started. But there are only three of them, and there's space for at least eight. Have five been lost? Just about everything else seems to be there, and there are the little plastic gussets to hold things in place as well. I think I'll attach them where they seem to contribute most to the structural rigidity.

Apart from that, I have a couple of items that I really can't place. One is a U profile as long as the greenhouse, which looks as if it should fit on top. But there's no obvious way to attach it, and the flaps don't look as if they need anything on top. Wouldn't it be nice to get the instructions, or at least a look at a correctly assembled example?

Monday, 10 May 2010

I pretty much have everything in place with the greenhouse now, but there are still a number of things that puzzle me. Chris came over today to take a look, but she couldn't add much:


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The problems I have are:

I wish I could find somebody else with a Christie's greenhouse for comparison's sake.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

More thinking about the greenhouse. I still don't understand some of the details. We've decided to leave the left-over components out for the moment, in the hope that they can be attached later if necessary, and concentrate on getting the glass in. But we still have the question of the roof. We've already established that things look wrong at the bottom of the surface. In particular, there's nowhere to seat the glass:


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David Yeardley should know, but he is currently in the Persian Gulf and unable to look for himself—for some reason his company won't allow web access, or allow email of more than 50 kB, which makes it difficult to send photos. But Chris contacted him, and he replied that things looked correct, and that we should attach the glass at the bottom cross-member with some of the metal S-strips that are used for the glass. Found a sheet of glass (the rest is still at the Yeardley's) and put it in place, held by the thicker-than-normal bolts we bought. Problem: the cross-member is bent down on the inside, so the S-strips won't fit. And the thickness of the rafters means that there's an air gap between the glass and the cross-member. Given that the sides have a rubber seal to keep the air out, this seems wrong:


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Monday, 24 May 2010

Progress with greenhouse?

I still don't know what's wrong with the greenhouse, but finally got round to doing what I should have done a long time ago and called up the manufacturer in Dunedin. Spoke to Grant, who told me that they had had the assembly instructions online (locally, it seems) until about a month ago, when the machine with the information on it died—implicitly, there was no backup. Growl. If I had called them up at the beginning, I might now have the assembly instructions. Sent him an email with more details. Hopefully they can find something.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Greenhouse plans

Received the plans for my greenhouse today, or at least most of them. The original was apparently on a single A2 sheet, and Grant had copied them onto A4, unfortunately missing some of the details. Tried to stitch them together, but for that you need some kind of overlap. At least I have a photo of what the finished result should look like. It's not that different from what I have:


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It's interesting to note that the greenhouse was not made by Christie garden products , but by a company called H E Gardner. Also the one in the illustration doesn't have the corner braces, and it does have arch gussets on every rafter, as I had suspected. That makes a total of 19 arch gussets, and I only have 5. How important are they? More studying needed.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Getting the glass climps

Into town to buy various materials that I need to complete the garden projects: nails, screws, and some glass clips for the greenhouse:


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These clips are made out of thin sheet metal, and it's fairly clear that I couldn't get the exact component. But it should be relatively simple to cut a strip of metal to size. Went looking for that all over town—nobody seemed even to have an idea where I could find something to suit—and finally ended up at Skipton Street Sheet Metal, a rather dubious looking place without a proper entrance. But the bloke I spoke to had exactly what I wanted, and he cut me four strips each a little over a metre long in a matter of minutes—$5. I have the feeling I should have asked for 5 strips.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Greenhouse at a snail's page

Spent the time doing some weeding and attending to the greenhouse, which needs it. Finally made the clips for the roof glass, and in principle we could now complete it, but somehow I was feeling a little tired, and decided to take the afternoon off.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Removing the gussets

Also a bit of work on the greenhouse, removing the roof gussets in preparation for putting on the flap mechanism at the top.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Mounting the roof flaps

More work on the greenhouse, and finally got a section of the roof flaps in place, after discovering that all the work we did yesterday had been unneccessary.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Completing the roof

Another day with mild weather, and did a little more work in the garden. Finally got the roof on the greenhouse. It doesn't look pretty:


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That sag in the middle of the roof is not very reassuring; I suppose that's the purpose of the arch gussets, of which I have far too few. More head-scratching.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Correcting the sag

So it seems that putting the arch gussets in the middle of the greenhouse should help cure the sag of the roof. It did, though it still looks a little uneven. Here before and after:


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Now I just need to put in some of the last screws, in the processing changing some for flatter-headed ones, tighten them up, glaze the greenhouse and we're done! I was spared the work of looking for an excuse not to do it immediately by the arrival of yet more rain.

Monday, 30 August 2010

Finishing the glass clips on the roof

Work on the greenhouse, replacing hex head bolts with screws and adding the glass clips for the roof until I ran out of screws. I hate working on this greenhouse, and today it became apparent why: it's all a kludge, and I'm continually repeating work and wondering whether what I'm doing is right. I've had four attempts at putting up the roof trusses: the first time the wrong way round (the top mounted at the bottom), the second time with hex head nuts that were too thick to put the glass on top, the third time to replace the nuts with thinner screws, and now to put in the mounting clips for the roof glass. These screws are horrible! Turn the (electric) screwdriver too fast and it tears the heads off. I had to drill one out and replace it.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Did a little work on the greenhouse. Somehow it's always one step forward, two backward with the thing. Still, it looks as if we're getting there. A few more screws, then we can start glazing.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Greenhouse, bamboo, pond and irrigation

A nice, warm spring day today, so tried to do some more work on the greenhouse. Got all of about 4 screws put in before I realised that I would have to go up on a ladder, not a thing that I want to do with my leg in its current state, so gave up, somewhat frustrated.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Greenhouse progress

It's been almost a year since we started erecting the greenhouse. We haven't made much progress: working on it is like pulling teeth. In fact, there wasn't much left to do before we start glazing, but it's frustrating beyond belief.

When we started erecting the greenhouse, it was clear that we were going to need more screws. The originals were very old-fashioned: straight slit screws and square nuts, not very well suited to modern power tools:


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The bolts I bought instead had hexagonal heads and nuts, and they fitted well. Then I discovered that the heads were too thick: in many places, the glass lies just proud of the screw heads, held away from the metal by plastic liners. It would press against the heads of the bolts. So I had to buy some other screws more like the originals (on the right and front):


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There are a number of problems here: I have to remove most of the bolts I put in (some aren't near glass), the screws are of very poor quality, and the nuts are so thin that it's difficult to get them on the thread (not helped by the poor quality of the thread). Today I replaced the remainder of the bolts, and it seemed that every location had its own particular trick to annoy me. But finally I have it done. The only thing we need to do before glazing is to go over to Chris' place to pick up the glass.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Slowly in the garden

My enthusiasm for working in the garden seems directly proportional to the quality of the weather. It's getting better now, and I did some very little work in the veggie garden. But I really need to start glazing the greenhouse. We're nearly there, but not quite.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Garden progress?

Chris and Yvonne brought over the glass for the greenhouse today, but the weather was a little varied, and we didn't actually put any glass in. It looks as if most of the glass is there, and there are samples for the panes that are broken, so we can take them in and hope for accurate replacements.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Greenhouse: glazing starts!

A year ago today David Yeardley gave me the greenhouse. It's been a long, frustrating job putting it together, but today we started a new phase, the first pane of glass:


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True to the level of frustration I've experienced, it'll have to come out: I noticed too late that this corner (and only this corner) of the greenhouse is bent out of shape:


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So I'll have to remove the glass, straighten the member, and then replace it. But at least it shouldn't be that difficult any more. Fortunately, I've found the glazing plan for the greenhouse, so I can be pretty sure what to do. There are strangenesses like having the vertical panes abutting each other, but the roof panes overlapping (by how much? Suck it and see, it seems). The clips look very flimsy, but somehow the pane I put in is nice and snug. Here a view looking down at the top of the pane:


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Friday, 22 October 2010

Greenhouse work: little progress

I'm really motivated (by my current standards, anyway) to finish this greenhouse, but somehow the weather's never right. In the past the weather has been too cool, but today it was too warm—the temperature was over 28°. Still managed to make some minor progress: decided not to remove the pane I had already put in, but instead to bend the frame to shape with a pair of clamps and a length of wood:


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Spent some time fitting (rubber) glazing strip and (metal) clips to the end of the greenhouse, in the process learning to make my own clips from the strip that I bought a few months ago. For reference: the strips should be 50 mm long before bending.

Finding the correct glazing strips is not easy, and I'm sure we've lost some. Hopefully I can find a replacement: they're essential for protecting the glass from the screw heads. So far there's not much to be seen, but it will make it a lot easier to put in the glass when I'm done.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Greenhouse: slow and unsteady

Spent some time in the garden looking at the greenhouse. This is so frustrating! First loosened the clamps to see how well the rail had straightened—not at all. And then, after finally putting in a few more panes of glass, discovered that I had overlooked another bent rail:


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That'll clearly have to come out, and I'm wondering about the other one. This continual discovery that I have to revert all my work is really getting on my nerves, so gave up and took a look at other work instead, and did a considerable amount of weeding.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Finally a day to spray

I should be working on the greenhouse now, especially since David Yeardley is coming back home later in the week, and it seems he expects to see it finished. I don't see that happening, though I would like to make some more progress. Still, he had it in pieces for decades, so I think I'm making comparatively fast progress.

Today's excuse was the weather: warm, sunny and little wind, just what I needed to spray the weeds which are threatening to take over the garden.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Garden progress

Did some more work on the greenhouse, which continues its excruciating frustration. Decided to remove the bent rails so that we could straighten them:


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That bent horizontal rail was held in place by four screws. It took me half an hour to remove it: the heads of the screws were completely worn out by one attempt at tightening them, and I had to drill them out. CJ was using the power drill, so I used a battery drill, getting through both battery packs in the process. The other (vertical) rail, which I had tried to straighten with the length of wood, was even worse: the bottom was in a concrete base. CJ brought a sledge hammer and managed to get it to shape, and we straightened the other one. After my pain with Telstra (below) I returned and put things back in again. Now we should be able to glaze; I'm just wondering whether we shouldn't clean the panes before inserting them.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Greenhouse, finally!

Now there's not much excuse for not finishing the greenhouse, so spent some time in the afternoon glazing the end opposite the door. It's much slower work than assembling a new greenhouse: in particular, the glass is dirty and needs to be cleaned, and finding the correct glazing strip is also an issue. With a new greenhouse you get a roll of the strip and cut it to size. Mine is already cut to size, and I need to find the correct piece.

Got the end almost completed. One of the panes has a corner broken out of it, so I'll leave that until the end, when we'll have to go and get some more glass. And tomorrow one of the sides?

Thursday, 28 October 2010

More greenhouse progress

On with a little work on the greenhouse today. It's pretty slow going, but I managed to get the other (door) end finished, and also a couple of panes on one of the sides. It's now enough to make it worthwhile moving plants there from the verandah.

Monday, 1 November 2010

More greenhouse progress

Gradually the rain is subsiding. Last month we had 92.8 mm rain in Ballarat, not that much more than the average 67.1 mm, but it seems wetter than usual. Today was bearable, though, and I spent some more time on the greenhouse, finishing the glazing on one side. I now have only the other side and the roof to go. 40% done? Still, it means that I can put things in the greenhouse and they'll be out of the wind, so moved a lot of stuff there from other places. The thing is already looking useful.

In the process, found a clue to the age of the greenhouse, and more particularly when it was dismantled. A little over 17 years ago:


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Thursday, 4 November 2010

Next greenhouse increment

More work on the greenhouse: put some panes in the rear wall. I'm gradually getting to the end of my materials: there are only 12 large panes left (we need about 18), and the rubber seals are also running low.


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I will have to get some new ones to finish the side. The “glass clips” that I bought 3 months ago are also running low. That annoys me particularly, since I probably only need one more, and I probably could have got it for no additional price at the time. I've decided to put in everything that I can first. Then I'll be in a better position to know what I need.

Friday, 5 November 2010

A day in the garden

Spent most of the day in the garden today. More greenhouse work, and ran out of the metal strip for the clips. It proves that my guess as to the amount of strip I needed was wildly inaccurate. I had bought 4 lengths (of about 90 cm, a metric unit) in the assumption that that would be enough, and even a couple of days ago I thought that another strip would be enough. But today I calculated rather than guessed, and discovered I'd need another 4. Yvonne was in town and picked them up for me. To be on the safe side, we got 5—as I guessed, still for $5.

I now have all the side panes in that I can fit; I'm missing a couple of lengths of glazing strip, so I can't do the last one. Also symbolically put in a roof pane, but I think now's the time to count what I have and buy what I need.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Lots of garden stuff

Out this morning to continue work on the greenhouse. It was quite windy, with unexpected results:


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Those were the new shelves I bought yesterday. I wouldn't have expected them to blow over. Fortunately, the glass they landed on was broken already. That was about the only positive side of things. Things kept blowing away in the wind, and my tools kept disappearing. I wanted to mount the doors, and that needed some adjustment, but I couldn't find appropriate spanners: the bolts were mounted in such an unfortunate place that I couldn't get normal tools around them. Spent nearly an hour trying to mount the doors, and in the end gave up. The only thing I really “achieved” was to wash the 5 panes of glass I needed to complete the doors. I'll continue when there's less wind.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Pottering in the garden

What do I do in the garden now? The greenhouse needs glass and rubber “glazing strip”. Did some counting—I need a total of 31 panes. Now I need to call around to see where I can get the cheapest supply. The glazing strip is less obvious: I have some that doesn't fit anywhere, probably because I used shorter ones where they should have gone. It looks as if I don't need very many, though.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Garden laziness

There's so much to do in the garden! And I did so little. The weather was surprisingly warm, with a maximum of 30.4°. In the greenhouse I measured 33.4°. I need to think of how to attach shade cloth in front of it.

Put a few more panes in the greenhouse. I now have all the walls complete, though one of the panes is cracked and needs to be replaced when I get the new glass cut. Also more attention to the wire mesh in front of the garage, but still didn't get it finished.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

More greenhouse progress

David and Chris Yeardley came along this morning to take a look at plants that we can give them. While they were here, David took a look at the greenhouse, which he gave me over a year ago. Work has been on hold while I try to work out how to attach shade cloth, but he found a few details I hadn't recognized. He came back later with some more components, not without further surprises: a number of screws and glazing strips that are now largely redundant, 13 of the missing 7 arch gussets that I commented about in May, and also some brackets for hanging up shade cloth, and another of the brackets that we had been puzzling about since that time. It's a door track support. The second one was in better condition, and the inscription is more clearly legible:


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So where do the remaining 6 arch gussets go? At the ends? I suppose it's possible. Looks like I'll have to get back to work again.

Friday, 1 April 2011

More greenhouse frustration

So, only one arch gusset to go on the greenhouse. But I knew why I didn't want to do it. It proved even more of a problem than I had expected. The arch at the far end of the greenhouse had a damaged plastic gusset, and the top was a couple of millimetres closer together than it should be, so I couldn't get the screws into the metal gusset. I needed to push the sides further apart. But how? Firstly, the end is completely glazed, and some of the glazing strips and panes have come loose, possibly because of the instability:


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In addition, the shade cloth roll is screwed onto the remains of the plastic gusset. So I need to find a way to move the ends apart, then remove the panes and possibly the roll (it might be sufficient to loosen the screws), put the metal gusset in, then replace everything. What should be a 2 minute job looks like being 2 or 3 hours, and I didn't have time today. WHAT a pain.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Greenhouse: the last gusset

Finally got round to attaching the last gusset to the greenhouse today. The problem was that the sides of the greenhouse were too close, and the holes were offset by about 1.2 cm:


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As I feared, it took about two hours. First removed the glass at the top of the end, then inserted a car jack to prise the two sides apart:


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That wasn't enough, of course. The first thing that happened were that the roof bars bent outwards, so I had to screw them down without the gusset. After that I was able to attach them with two nuts, then remove the screws one at a time to remove the middle nut:


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Finally! Now all I need to do is attach the doors, buy some glass and finish glazing. What a pain this thing is.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

The last part of the greenhouse

Back home, continued with the greenhouse. The one remaining structural component before the glazing was the second door, itself mainly glazed. For once things went without much difficulty. Now I can go and buy some glass.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Glazing the greenhouse

So now I have no excuse not to glaze the greenhouse. Well, almost. I still don't have any glass. Spent some time calling around looking for prices, which were higher than I expected. The first place I called, W.J. Robson & Sons, quoted me $279. Others quoted much the same, and one walked me through it. The larger panes (41×56 cm and 51×56 cm) cost $10, and the smaller (25.5×56 cm and 20.5×56 cm) cost $5. I needed 23 of the larger, or $230, and 11 of the smaller, or $55, so this one quoted me $285.

One other quoted $407, and the last one, Menzel Glass, didn't call back until the evening—$195! But the funny thing was, he gave his name as Nick Robson. It turns out he's the brother of the Robson who quoted me $279, and the company name isn't Menzel any more: the Yellow Pages seem to be 3 years out of date. Now it's W.J. Robson & Sons, just a different location—and 30% cheaper. Interestingly, this isn't a fly-by-night operation. I've been there before and found the facility to be so shiny that I was expecting to have to pay above-average prices.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Greenhouse: slow progress

It was clear that I wouldn't get the greenhouse glazed today, but I made a start. The main issue was the roof: unlike the rest of the greenhouse, the glass has to overlap here, and I needed to make some S clips to hold it in place. In addition, there was the issue of just putting in the panes at all: I can't lean over the greenhouse to put the top panes in.

The length of the S clips proved more critical than I thought; it seems that about 3.2 cm is correct. In the space of 2 hours I managed to put in 3 panes, and in this case the lower clips are longer than the upper ones:


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When I continue, hopefully things will be more even and it'll go faster.

Also reseated the last slipped panes at the end. The seals had come undone, and everything was loose. I didn't have seals for all the sides, so tried this new self-adhesive sealing strip that I bought a while back. I had thought that 5 metres would be enough, but this one window frame alone took nearly 2 metres, and there's plenty more to go:


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Monday, 11 April 2011

More greenhouse progress

Despite the continued rain, managed to make a little progress with the greenhouse. Attaching the rubber seals is a pain, and I get glue all over my fingers. Managed to glaze the doors, so now only the roof is over. Attached the remaining glass clips, so now all I need are the seals, the clips between the panes (another 44 to be cut to size) and the glass itself. And then I'll be done. Somehow it's all so slow. I've built a greenhouse before, 20 years ago. With my father's help we got it done in an afternoon.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

More greenhouse progress

The weather is gradually improving, and today I returned to working on the greenhouse. Finally got one side of the roof done; if that continues tomorrow, I'll be finished. What a pain this work is!

Friday, 15 April 2011

Greenhouse: done!

Back to work on the greenhouse today, and finally finished it, just short of 18 months since I started:


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Spent some time tidying it up and rearranging things, and also planted the tomato seedlings that I had been holding back until the glazing was one. It's surprising how different things are now that the glass is all in place; while tidying up, I caught myself about to throw out something out of the roof, like I used to. And the glass really makes a big temperature difference in the sun. The highest temperature outside today was 21.1°, but in the greenhouse the maximum was 33.1°. It dropped rapidly in the evening, though. It'll take me a while to get used to this, and to decide when to roll down the shade cloth.


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