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ImageMaryE
May 6, 2011 1:41 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Waiting for pictures...
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageDonkeyJay
May 6, 2011 1:49 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Well, I don't want to post them til I get the door on & wouldn't you know it... I've got the hinges but not the screws. The heads are too small on all the screws I have. Rolling my eyes. So it's another trip into town for 18 stinkin' screws.

I'm inside taking a break from the wind....
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
ImageMaryE
May 6, 2011 3:30 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
How about using some metal washers to make the hinge holes smaller? Most people have a can of nuts, bolts, washers, etc sitting around.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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porkpal
May 6, 2011 6:16 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Just one can?
Porkpal
ImageDonkeyJay
May 6, 2011 7:17 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Hilarious! One of these days I'm going to consolidate all my cans & segregate them into screws, nuts & bolts, nails. Somehow they all keep mingling... I really have no idea how that happens. Just like I have no idea how we managed to loose the philips screwdriver this evening... Blinking I swear these things grow legs & RUN off.

OK, so here's the finished wind shelter....
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Tomorrow we go get a new pup, then Sunday (the Plan) I start putting the tomatoes in the ground in there. Hurray!
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ImageCajuninKy
May 6, 2011 8:00 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
That looks awesome!!!!

Couple questions.
1) Is the clear stuff along the bottom solid?
2) Is the end with the door covered with screen?
3) Is there a door on both ends?
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ImageDonkeyJay
May 6, 2011 8:19 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
The clear stuff is polycarbonate panels. Like the old fashioned corrugated fiberglass, but it's more flexible & doesn't yellow in the sun.

The door & ends are covered w/the shade cloth. It's a good deal tougher than window screen & comes in huge sizes, perfect for covering structures.

There's a door in one end & eventually there'll be a window in the other, so bees can get in & pollinate when it's not insanely windy. The door will also eventually have a window in it, that's why the top part of the cloth is just tacked on, so I can take if off later & put in the window.

This is made using the tube bender from Johnny's Seed... it's 12' wide by 24' long.
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porkpal
May 6, 2011 8:32 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
I wasn't implying that the hardware should be segregated, I was just wondering how you confined yourself to a single can of mixed stuff - the contents will always include lots of nuts and bolts none of which match. I have at least one such container in the house, another in the barn, probably several in the shop and one in the farm truck. Indispensable!
Porkpal
ImageCajuninKy
May 6, 2011 8:41 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
How long are your rib pipes?
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ImageDonkeyJay
May 6, 2011 8:48 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
The arches are formed from 21' chain link top rail, bent using the tubing bender. They are then inserted into 3' ground posts that were cut from 6' chain link posts, drilled & bolted thru. The peak is about 8' high.
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ImageMaryE
May 6, 2011 10:07 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Are the ideas for this structure your own? We have a conduit bender, I wonder if conduit covered with shade cloth would be strong enough to stand up in 60+ gusts? I also have a few challenges with wind.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageNEILMUIR1
May 7, 2011 2:31 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
At last the rain has arrived! After an April where we had 10% of annual rainfall it has led to many forest fires; some natural and unfortunately some not. Why anybody would wish to set fire to pristine forest or our Hedgerows which protect us from the wind is beyond me, there are some sad people in the world. The ground is bone dry and some of the temperatures we have had are very strange to us indeed. April is normally sun and showers and everything grows, not this year it hasn't.
The salad crop growers have had it rough, what with having to use sprinklers in the fields, then the threat of a complete hosepipe ban in some areas.
It is quite wonderful to see the rain pouring down as we so badly need it. Even some of the peat on the moors and the heaths has caught fire.
Of course nice to see the rain but every weed will shoot up now as well. One good thing was the heat fried the snails and slugs, which is good news.
I took this picture yesterday before the rain.
Regards to all.
Neil.
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ImageDonkeyJay
May 7, 2011 6:21 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
MaryE wrote:Are the ideas for this structure your own? We have a conduit bender, I wonder if conduit covered with shade cloth would be strong enough to stand up in 60+ gusts? I also have a few challenges with wind.


I don't know... the nice thing about the shade cloth is it doesn't seem to offer the same resistance to the wind that GH plastic does, so not the strain on the structure. This used the smaller chain link top rail--1 5/8" I think--& it's not all that heavy. I'd think the conduit bender might bend things too tight; it would be hard to get a smooth arch. The bender from Johnny's isn't that expensive & it comes w/a lovely set of instructions for building a caterpillar tunnel... less labor intensive & it'd work, too, done w/shade cloth.

I don't know about where you are Neil, but most of the human caused fires around here are just started from stupidity & carelessness, not intentionally. Glare
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ImageCajuninKy
May 7, 2011 7:28 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
The problem we have with wind is not a constant thing but when it is blowing it comes down between the mountains like a wind tunnel and wants to take everything with it.

Glad you got rain, Neil. I wish the western US could get some of what the eastern US has been getting.

My friends down the bayou are in danger of flooding. The COE is going to open the Bonne Carre spillway Monday. That won't hurt them. The water released from Lake Ponchatrain just floods the marsh. What they are afraid of is talk of opening the Morganza spillway upriver near Baton Rouge. That could flood Terrebonne parish from Morgan City to the Gulf. It's bad enough they live in fear of flooding during hurricane season, now this.
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porkpal
May 7, 2011 11:15 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Glad you got rain Neil - send us some! Can you tell us the name of that lovely rose?
Porkpal
ImageNEILMUIR1
May 7, 2011 3:03 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear porkpal, sorry the Rose as so many are was not labelled!
Regards.
Neil.
ImageKathleen
May 8, 2011 7:02 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers! It is a glorious sunny day here, just begging me to go out and walk through the woods. I may heed the call, wearing my 16 inch boots and avoiding the deepest mud!
ImageAnnaZ
May 8, 2011 8:02 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
I just put a strawberry-rhubarb pie in the oven. Guess we'll go for pizza at a local pizza joint today with the boys. Then tomorrow it is back to tilapia, rice cakes, spinach and broccoli for 2 more weeks.

Need to run a plant of some sort out to the church cemetery to put on MIL's grave for the day. Don't really have anything small flowering, so may just take one of my hanging ferns. Look pretty nice.
ImageCajuninKy
May 9, 2011 12:27 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
DH took me out to eat, then we went on a little picture taking ride. I had a great time. Saw a man with THE worst wig you could imagine. Looked like a big bird nest.
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porkpal
May 9, 2011 6:52 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Did you get his picture?
Porkpal

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