Monday, January 17, 2011

KS wind

If you've lived in Kansas for at least a month, you know we have wind: fast/slow, hot/cold, north/south/east/west. We have wind. And it's always more-so on the farm. Sometimes we appreciate the wind that day, and sometimes we don't. Take last month, for instance.

Paula's brother Mike came down for a few days Christmas to help with farm projects. Finally, the greenhouse was going up (this project has been on the to-do list for quite some time). Once we got started, it was fairly simple.

Day 1: level and fill the foundation

Day 2: construct the frame

Day 3: insert the fiberglass panels

Day 4: see photo below

Three days to build. Two hours to demolish. Eric stated is was a complete structural failure. Even the molded aluminum piece attaching the side walls to the base was ripped in two. At least we didn't need the ladder for final tear-down. All the panels are piled north of the greenhouse and will be used in future, more stable greenhouse projects.

Can you believe starting seeds is just a month away?

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At January 21, 2011 at 10:41 AM , Blogger Loretta said...

So this is the greenhouse. Finally found your blog, wow, you have been busy. Looks great

At January 23, 2011 at 3:17 PM , Blogger Petunia's Gardener said...

Oh! So sorry to see this! I just posted the damage to ours, too, but nothing like this. And a link to your post. I'm looking forward to gardening after the non-gardening 2010.

At January 23, 2011 at 10:35 PM , Blogger Nola said...

From Paula's blog. Oh No! I know how much work it is to assemble one of those greenhouses. And to have it collapse right away is just awful. I worry about my Hall's 8 x 14 with every windstorm but so far we've been lucky. It's anchored to concrete pilings, though, so perhaps that makes it sturdier.

At January 24, 2011 at 7:35 AM , Blogger MHf said...

The greenhouse came from Harbor Freight. I considered leaving a review about the wind, but haven't done so. Concrete pilings would have made no difference in this case because the material attaching it to the base was too soft. If you look closely at the base, you can see a thin piece of silver material. That literally ripped in two parallel to the base.

At December 21, 2012 at 12:50 AM , Blogger Rachel Stevens said...

Mine looks simmilar to this now, today the wind ripped this to shreds! i was in tears! We had to pull many of the panels out in freezing wind\rain and snow just to stop it from blowing away more and damaging my neighbors property. the frame is twisted ripped and actually bent in two, wish i could post a picture cause mine is worse than yours, and i wish i could talk other out of this greenhouse!


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