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What with one thing and another we just haven't had the time to make a start...but that all changed yesterday!  It's my interpretation of what a greenhouse should be, for better or worse.  And I am not a builder.....there maybe some weird aspects of the project that get weird solutions!  

 

 

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If you look around you can find the semi-circular roof fabrication. Maybe you should make your greenhouse width to fit these ready made panels.

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15 minutes ago, carlyai said:

If you look around you can find the semi-circular roof fabrication. Maybe you should make your greenhouse width to fit these ready made panels.

Was going with a curved roof on a half metre fall to the low side.  It's half the width of my proposed bigger size which has a breezeway running the length of it and the fall both ways...which would be 12 metres plus the breezeway....as long as you want It,  but in my case the next one may be either 12 or 14 long.   This first one is to test perforated plastic wall lining that will eliminate (reduce???) the ingress of bugs and allow air flow without the use of fans.  There will be a thermostat controlled fan to help combat high temperature and a yet to be determined water spray unit in front of the fan that will switch on separately.  Still much to learn!

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Slow progress!  But I am getting the feeling it will work out OK. 😉 Have learned not to trust my bubble level!  First 4 uprights OK,  then the next 2 I had to double check by eye. Someone must have dropped my level......  

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32 minutes ago, Grumpy John said:

Have learned not to trust my bubble level!

Ive  found all the Thai ones  pretty <deleted>, the thing I dont like is  the level marking is  not set to the exact size  of the  bubble like in the  UK and then the  things even when new and I check when I  buy  them give two different  readings  when you reverse them round to check how  level  they really  are. Most are  non adjustable also.

Noticed the wheelbarrow, another gripe, most of them are  junk too, not weighted  properly so  fall over left-right back forwards when   filling up, I  cut and re weld  my  legs wider theyre  too  narrow.

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Give the levels the flick! Get a 1/4" clear plastic tube and fill it with water. One guy on each end, set the height you want on the first post then just line the water up to that point and mark the other end. String line from there, or just move the marker's end of the tube to each post and mark it using the original height at all times. 20 metres of tube and a bucket full of water much more accurate, never goes out of whack, and much, much cheaper

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9 hours ago, bodga said:

Ive  found all the Thai ones  pretty <deleted>, the thing I dont like is  the level marking is  not set to the exact size  of the  bubble like in the  UK and then the  things even when new and I check when I  buy  them give two different  readings  when you reverse them round to check how  level  they really  are. Most are  non adjustable also.

Noticed the wheelbarrow, another gripe, most of them are  junk too, not weighted  properly so  fall over left-right back forwards when   filling up, I  cut and re weld  my  legs wider theyre  too  narrow.

I am sure there is a wheelbarrow seller in Thailand with big front wheels and well spaced legs but I haven't found that seller as yet.  And an Aussie sized barrow box would be nice! 

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4 hours ago, IsaanAussie said:

Give the levels the flick! Get a 1/4" clear plastic tube and fill it with water. One guy on each end, set the height you want on the first post then just line the water up to that point and mark the other end. String line from there, or just move the marker's end of the tube to each post and mark it using the original height at all times. 20 metres of tube and a bucket full of water much more accurate, never goes out of whack, and much, much cheaperwor

Know that system well but I  cannot See how it would work checking that each post is upright. I've taken to legging it far enough away to see if the post is upright.  I head up onto the road then move 90 degrees to check the other way.  It's working!

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1 hour ago, Grumpy John said:

    And an Aussie sized barrow box would be nice! 

know how you feel thats why i brought a couple over ,1 wide wheel, 1 skinny wheel & a proper mixer

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what do you expect the cost to be... and how much land was being sold for?  and whereabouts are you? thanks for the info and good luck w/the project... check back in when finished... 

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54 minutes ago, agrow said:

know how you feel thats why i brought a couple over ,1 wide wheel, 1 skinny wheel & a proper mixer

I have a big (3HP) concrete mixer built in Thailand and it has been working for over ten years. Everything I have done of our place, even been used to build local 6 metre concrete roads. It is a beauty and actually designed with purpose (often rare here). I asked the guy who made it how much concrete can I mix per load. He said, one bag of cement. When we started using it I found out what he meant. They put the bag and all in and then pull out the bag when it is ripped up! 

I have no idea how many of those blue barrows shown in your picture we have had. All rubbish, but doesn't stop them brim filling them and slopping a lot out during the push. Oh if only I had my old barrow from Oz!

 

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3 hours ago, IsaanAussie said:

Plumb Bob mate on a piece of string. Measure the "Angle of the Dangle"

Never thought of that!  With all the good advice I am getting the next one will be perfect!  😜

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3 hours ago, agrow said:

know how you feel thats why i brought a couple over ,1 wide wheel, 1 skinny wheel & a proper mixer

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Yep, now your making me envious!  Bailey barrows last for years....years ago!  But the best labour saving device is the Bobcat.  Lucky you!

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Hate to sound like a Millennial but most smart phones have an app to measure angles, and they work, much to my surprise.

Plumb bob and string is the answer when the phone dies.

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