February is my favorite month probably because it’s my birth month and it’s short and it bridges the gap between winter and spring.
This February we already have plans for a long weekend in NYC with the express intention of seeing maximum Broadway and off-Broadway shows and possible a cabaret. (This is item #53 from my 101 in 1001.)
I also want to align our outdoor flood light so it comes on when someone pulls into the driveway. It became misaligned while we were painting the house in 2015. Unfortunately we have to pull out the big extension ladder to reach it. Time to be seen again without having to walk in the mud and wave my hands like an idiot.
I’m still waiting for a proposal from our tile guy. He said he was a month out when we spoke in January so I hope his crew will start and finish in February.
Charlie is trying to install the baseboard trim that has been filling our upstairs hallway for months now. He complains that he can’t access the other upstairs rooms yet has been dragging his feet on this project. Hoping this will get top priority while I’m at my day job.
I have 2 personal projects set to start this weekend that only I can do. More details later.
Charlie spent a fair bit of time putting the precisely cut 6′ by 6′ foundation in place with 2-foot rebar anchors.
Charlie was careful to square (by taking diagonal measurements) and level the foundation lumber so the greenhouse would sit straight thus allowing the door and window to work properly.
Before driving the rebar into the ground he laid some large cardboard pieces (to help control the dirt) under 2 layers of weed barrier ground cloth inside the perimeter. The foundation timbers hold down the perimeter of the fabric.
Two adults carried the completed greenhouse across the yard (about 20 feet) and four adults easily lifted onto the redwood foundation.
We left the greenhouse on but not connected to the foundation and it was blown sideways by the wind.
Even though the foundation is held in place by two-foot rebar stakes the foundation corners are held together by 3/8-inch by 6-inch lag screws — one per corner.
The greenhouse is very susceptible to being displaced due to winds so it was attached to the foundation by 24 quarter-inch by two-inch lag screws with a washer between the hex head and the wood.
As Charlie upgrades the interior for planting we’ll have some information on what works (or doesn’t work) for him.
The weed barrier ground cloth had been delivered in a 3-foot by 50-foot roll. And the redwood lumber arrived via UPS all the way from California. The package of wood weighed 84 pounds so the UPS driver helped Charlie carry it to the garden.
I cut the wood with our miter saw it so it would create a 6-foot square at the centerline of the 4 by 4 (actually 3-11/16″ square) posts. Two long posts were cut to 75-1/2″ and the shorter posts 75-1/2″ less 7-3/8″.
We were careful to allow the border around the outside and the border around the inside to be approximately equal.
The next step is to put the wood foundation in place and tie it down with rebar.
We’re waiting for another nice day to finish.
Have you started a project that takes more than one step? Are you stuck?