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Imagepajonica
Sep 8, 2010 7:43 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Please remember to be civil and respectful at all times, avoid political or religious subjects as they are not in anyway relevant here. As is anything posted in the public domain so please refrain from bad language or profanities of any kind. Please enjoy this cubit and feel totally free to engage in subjects other than the above mentioned regardless of whether DIY related or not, come in have some fun because other than the above that's what I want!

Jon.
Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
http://cubits.org/DIYcomfortheserious/
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Imagepajonica
Sep 8, 2010 8:10 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
For all that want to know how to create and do things, I have spent the best part of my life learning how to do things for myself. Please feel free to ask questions about any aspects of DIY be it around the home, automotive or gardening.
Know we can do anything for ourselves with the knowledge and courage to take it on! Please contribute to my cubit. Those of you that have the knowledge, please contribute, for no one can ever know all. Join me and share a wealth of life acquired knowledge Please for those that have a question and feel they have nothing to contribute, all are welcome and I will be very happy to do my very best to answer any DIY related question.
Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
http://cubits.org/DIYcomfortheserious/
Imagebeckygardener
Sep 8, 2010 8:39 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Jon,

Congrats on your new cubit! Great cubit idea! With this challenging economy, I bet more folks ARE doing more of their own DIY projects instead of hiring someone to do them. I've helped my dh make garden structures, but nothing fancy. And I also like making concrete benches from molds as well as self-watering bucket containers for plants. But I don't have any home construction experience. Wish I did! But Jon, that's where you can shine some light! Lots of great DIY topics that can be shared here on your new cubit!
Another Day in Paradise!
Imagepajonica
Sep 8, 2010 9:14 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Hi Becky and thanks for your support. DIY is something we can all do with the right information, as a rule of thumb expect to pay just one third of the cost of a so called pro job. Let me assure you and others that you will do a better job for less!
Why get ripped off by cowboys? Why pay a small fortune to get your car fixed or build an extension to your home?
None of these things are rocket science, they are things we could all do if we knew how! Promise.
Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
http://cubits.org/DIYcomfortheserious/
Imagebeckygardener
Sep 8, 2010 9:44 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Jon - I look forward to your lessons in doing it your own way and doing it better! Just need to know the basics and the most important rules to do a great job. I am sure you know all the important steps as well as all the tricks to make it quicker or easier! I look forward to seeing how this cubit develops! You rock, Jon! I tip my hat to you.
Another Day in Paradise!
Weedwhacker
Sep 9, 2010 9:32 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Jon, excellent idea for a Cubit -- I'm way into DIY but sometimes my way of doing things (okay, maybe not "sometimes" more like "often") isn't exactly the best way! I'm looking forward to participating here.

I'm wondering how you classified this cubit? I found it under the "new cubits" listing, then looked through the cubits directory to see if there was anyone else doing this and couldn't even find a category it would fit under. I think Dave needs to add a new category, unless I just missed something...

Okay, here's a project I could use some help with -- I put up two 7 x 12 "hoop houses" in my garden this spring and I want to continue using them into the winter. I'm pretty sure I need to add some support under the hoops to help support the snow load, I'm thinking of just sticking some 2x4's under them but am more than open to any suggestions! (keep in mind that I need to be able to get inside and maneuver around whatever I use) Here's a pic of one of the HH --

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This is the frame without the covering
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One more, with plants
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Thanks for any ideas that you or anyone else comes up with!

And best of luck with this new venture!
Smiling
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagepajonica
Sep 9, 2010 2:41 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Hi Sandy, Thanks for dropping in! Yes I did have a problem trying to find a category for this cubit Whistling
Yours is indeed an interesting question, I see that you are in zone 4 and so would assume you get a fair amount of snow accumulation during the winter and I agree you will need some additional bracing to take a heavy snow load.
Sagging of the covering between the hoops would be a major concern so I think perhaps 4 braces across the top curves
running the length of the structure should help.

Thanks,

Jon
Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
http://cubits.org/DIYcomfortheserious/
Weedwhacker
Sep 9, 2010 3:33 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
pajonica wrote:Sagging of the covering between the hoops would be a major concern so I think perhaps 4 braces across the top curves
running the length of the structure should help.


That sounds like a good idea, Jon -- I hadn't really thought of that, I was more just thinking of supporting the framework itself.

Maybe you already know this -- but in case you don't, you can always go to the "cubit owners issues" forum on the "all about cubits.org" cubit and ask Dave to make a new classification; otherwise, I don't think anyone is going to find you, once you fall off the new cubits list! We certainly don't want any cubiteers getting lost in space! Rolling my eyes.

http://cubits.org/cubits/forums/view/cubitownerquestions/
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Sep 9, 2010 3:38 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Here's an example of the snow we might expect --

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It melts off the greenhouse in this photo without any problem, fortunately.
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagepajonica
Sep 9, 2010 3:44 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Hi Sandy, thanks for the advice and link. The frame as a curved hoop structure should be very strong under compression
and so I feel unlikely to require further bracing.

Thanks, Jon
Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
http://cubits.org/DIYcomfortheserious/
Imagemollymistsmith
Sep 11, 2010 12:02 PM CST
Name: Tami Smith
Valdosta, GA
Zone 8b
Hello Jon and all,

Great cubit idea!

I am planning a "secret garden" and have a question. I am trying to decide the best way to make raised beds. Should I use cedar (expense) or can I make hypertufa or some other DIY design for my raised beds? I invision the square frame with hardware cloth or chicken wire on the bottom to keep the moles out. I do not want to enclose the bottom. At least I don't think I do. Confused

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
Imagepajonica
Sep 11, 2010 2:46 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Hi Tami, welcome and thanks for your question.and support. There are endless possibilities in choices of materials. each of which will have their pros and cons. Organic materials like cedar will eventually succumb to rot, inorganic materials like stone, brick or concrete will of course last indefinitely. Your choice will ultimately be decided on the practicalities weighed up with what your looking to achieve. If cost is a factor for example, choose a less expensive material, or if longevity is important choose brick or stone. Chicken wire is cheap and will keep moles out I would think.

I built a number of raised beds last year using recycled cylindrical concrete bricks (photo)

Keep me posted on the project I would like to know what you decide and how it develops, and of course answer any further questions you may have.

Jon
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Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
http://cubits.org/DIYcomfortheserious/
Imagemollymistsmith
Sep 11, 2010 4:57 PM CST
Name: Tami Smith
Valdosta, GA
Zone 8b
Thanks Jon and thanks for the picture. I have never seen cylindrical bricks before. Amazing. I will keep you posted and post pics as we go along. I am going to have to check out your other cubits as well. I love morning glories.
Imagepajonica
Sep 11, 2010 5:05 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Oh! Tami, if you love morning glories you will enjoy! Please come and see. Thumbs up

Jon
Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
http://cubits.org/DIYcomfortheserious/
Imagebeckygardener
Sep 11, 2010 6:22 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Hi Tami! I love your idea for a Secret Garden. Have you seen the recycled material boards? I see them at Home Depot. I think they are made out of recycled plastic and they come in light gray and dark brown and have a wood-looking grain on them. I used them for two small beds. They should last a long time and are very sturdy. The dark brown would blend in with a natural setting. The only down side with them is the price. They are a bit more pricey than treated lumber, but IMHO, well worth the extra $$'s. If you are making smaller beds, I'd definitely go that route!
Another Day in Paradise!
Imagemollymistsmith
Sep 11, 2010 6:50 PM CST
Name: Tami Smith
Valdosta, GA
Zone 8b
Jon, after I got to the MG site I realized I am already a member there. Hilarious!

Thanks Becky, I will have to check on them.
Imagepajonica
Sep 11, 2010 7:00 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Hi Tami, yes I wen't over and checked because I thought I had seen your name on the members list! Welcome Hurray!
Nice idea Becky, I've not seen those here, thanks. I tip my hat to you.

Jon
Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
http://cubits.org/DIYcomfortheserious/
Imagechelle
Sep 12, 2010 8:06 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Great idea for a cubit Jon!

We DIY almost everything here. We use some basic learned skills, but mostly we just figure it out as we go. So far we've only had one project that's been left uncompleted - there's a glitch in the wiring for the barn - we're using an extension cord for now until we bring in an electrician to figure out where we messed up. It seems to have something to do with adding the switches.......

......at any rate, we won't be going any further with that project without professional help. The risk of fire is just way too scary!

How best would a DIY-er share some of their projects? For instance - I can "see" it, and usually do it, but I don't always know or use the proper terminology.

Fourteen years ago I, by myself, built my own small horse stable - with a post-hole digger, a circular saw, a hammer, two ladders and a hand-held drill/screw-gun. I'm not sure that I could convey HOW I did it though......

........the great part is that by using as much recycled or imperfect material that I could find my horse house only cost me around $600. It has an 8x10 feed room, an 8x10 stall, a 10x12 stall and a covered 10x12 dog kennel.





Imagebeckygardener
Sep 12, 2010 10:28 AM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Hi Chelle!

Glad to have you on board Jon's new cubit. Jon is out of town currently and will be online as soon as he returns, so keep on posting so he has lots to reply to when he returns! Thumbs up

The best way that I know how to document a project is to take a series of photos as the work is being done. For those of us with completed projects, it's too late for that. But ... you can still take photos of what you created and maybe some close-ups of details. I would love to see your barn/stable that you built. Start your own thread here on this cubit so you can post some photos and give us some insight into how you built it. I would love to see and hear more about what you built!!! Hurray!
Another Day in Paradise!
Imagechelle
Sep 12, 2010 2:56 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Hi Becky!

I do need to get some updated photos of it - I was holding off until I had a chance to get some new paint/stain on it, but this spring was way too busy. Now the grapevines are covering the areas that needed the new paint the worst so maybe I can get some pix in the morning. Whistling Big Grin

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