Orchid house

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Project by nailbanger2 posted 05-29-2011 07:47 PM 9351 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I completed at the beginning of the year. I suddenly got to thinking of the projects I have posted, and the number of them is quite pathetic, really. So, for penance, I will try to post at least one a month, at least until I am up to date. Early in January, Florida was hit with a freeze, actually, two of them. What we usually do is grab all the extra blankets and staple them onto our old orchid house, which was made by others, and horribly built. This time, while pulling the blankets down, the rotted wood also started coming down. The old one was 4×8, and couldn’t hold all our orchids, so we brought a bunch inside and had them everywhere. Tables, beds, desks, and makeshift platforms.

Here’s my solution. It’s 4×12 and 8 ft. high with a 1/12 pitch to the roof. All the lattice, and screen (west side only) are attached to cedar panels which are screwed to the inside of the PT SYP 4×4’s and 2×4 PT rafters (that are hurricane strapped to the posts). This is done so we can cover it in cases of inclement weather. For the winter, I attach plastic curtains to the sides and staple plastic on the roof (hence the pitch). In case we have another ‘cane, I can put plywood all the way around it. Pic #4 shows the plastic down, being held by cedar 1×2. I didn’t finish any of the wood, hoping it will all come to a pretty similar grey eventually.

Enjoy, and questions and critiques are welcome, as always.

I almost forgot, while building this, I had the opportunity to take care of a pet peeve of mine. “Mister” sprinklers are all throughout on two levels, so I never have to soak myself while watering again. At least not on these orchids.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#1 posted 05-29-2011 07:57 PM

excellent improvement

what a joy

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 05-29-2011 09:53 PM

Thanks, David. Never said it was the fanciest, but it does the job. BTW, I hope your sciatica has calmed down some.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#3 posted 05-29-2011 10:10 PM

If my mom sees this, I’ll have another line on the to-do list. She loves orchids too.

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#4 posted 05-30-2011 03:50 AM

Be a great place for those orchids to thrive. Do you have any issues with the flowers getting sunburned? Have given my friend a hand on rebuilding his orchid houses from top to bottom and tables to shelves. Only thing holding the table straight was the other table leaning. Now it looks like a proper house for them.

-- Deeds not Words.

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#5 posted 05-30-2011 08:34 AM

Great improvement nailbanger.Looks like you put a lot of thought into your project,looks great!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#6 posted 05-30-2011 03:30 PM

Thomas, build one for her before she sees it! Harry, beside the lattice, there is screen in the ceiling/roof and on the west side. Not shown is the additional piece of screen suspended between the house and the orchid house. Michael, the thinking took a lot longer than the work, it’s called procrastination.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#7 posted 05-30-2011 04:01 PM

While I was making the above comment, loml was looking on and said “you don’t have any pics with flowers!”, so I’m going to try to amend that with some more pics.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#8 posted 05-30-2011 04:04 PM

That’s the first time I tried that. With my old and ailing computer, it was a task. Have fun everyone!

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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