Greenhouse #10: Doh and Dough

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Blog entry by Zuki posted 05-12-2009 01:45 AM 2336 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last night I was reading some Sherlock Holmes after DW and I watched a movie and something struck me. No it wasn’t DW wanting me to turn out the light . . . it was the fact that the latch for the door was an in-swing and the hinges were an out-swing. Doh !! I definitely needed Sherlock and Dr Watson to help me figure this one out.

After work this evening I started by attaching a couple of screws to test fit the door.

The next thee pics you may remember from my last installment. You will notice that the latch will only work when the door swings inwards.

I had to take apart a section of the door in order to make an in-swing latch into an out-swing. You can see the extra board that I am placing over the frame on the inside to give it more depth. No extra DNA tonight when using the chisels to cut the hole.

Here I am walking through my redesign stages for the latch. I am testing the swing and length of the black bar.

This is the latch modified and in place.

Here is a video of how the modified latch works.


After it’s all said and done you may be asking “So Zuki, how much did that really cool looking greenhouse cost.” Thanks for asking and here are the approximate costs in CDN$

Lumber (spruce) Raised Beds - $20 (had them from last year) Framing - $40 (2x4s ripped in half) Strapping - $15 (bracing and door)

Hardware Lag Bolts - $5 (to hold the beds together) Screws - $10 (2 ½ and 3 ½) Bolts - $3 (mating roof to walls) Hatch hinges - $4 Door hardware - $10 (hinges and latch) Plastic - $30 (about 1/3 of the roll remaining) Staples - $5

Total $142 + time (2 weekends and 2 weeks of evenings)

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#1 posted 05-12-2009 01:55 AM

Very Nice! What are you going to grow in there? It’s got much more character than my simple pvc structure. I’m quite impressed.

Be careful of not planting them too close to each other, as I’ve had to deal with a Rebelous lot of Lettuce Babies:

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 05-12-2009 01:57 AM

In-swing latch and out-swing hinges. I’m familiar with the situation. There’ve been many a time I was on the wrong side of a door.

But, you fixed it and all is well, the world is safe for democracy and small children.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 05-12-2009 02:07 AM

DW will be doing most of the planting mmh. I seen your lettuce babies :-)

Dave you are not far off the mark. We actually had snow today. No accumulation. It was about -1C this evening.

I felt so stupid when I realized what I did Russell. But . . . at least those who may read this thread will ensure that they have matching latches and hinges. Oh my oh my.

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#4 posted 05-12-2009 02:24 AM

On your mark get ready start planting

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#5 posted 05-12-2009 04:41 AM

great looking greenhouse. i have enjoyed your blogs. thanks for letting us follow your progress. how are you going to heat the greenhouse in cold weather?

-- jerryw-wva.

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#6 posted 05-12-2009 12:35 PM

Hey Zuki, now that you’ve got this done (and you can get in and out of it), I have say that I’m not only impressed with what you’ve made, but the progressive blog as well. Takes a lot of patience to go through a process like this and document it as well as you have. Good project and good blog.

-- Working at Woodworking

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