This came in from Craig on Monday,
April 8, 2008
I thought you might like to see the latest
project up here at Casa De Nevada City. This is Jodie's Christmas
Present, which I finally got around to doing.
1: Dig trenches for water and power.
2: Dig more trenches. Why do my projects always have so
3: Pull rock out of ground so big that Tyler can sit in the
hole (the rock is to the right and behind us in front of the tree).
4: Dig level area for greenhouse with retaining wall
too and, of course, a trench around it for the aluminum
foundation. Dig-dig-dig. See Craig dig. Craig is sick
5: Build cheesy stuff for electrical and water hook-up. We
sure hope Mr. building inspector doesn't notice our underground wire
doesn't go through conduit (it's designed to go right in the dirt, but
this is California).
Step 6: Dig another big hole and install irrigation switches and
8: Install greenhouse ribbing. Pray that the whole thing
doesn't fall apart from a slight breeze.
Step 7: Build greenhouse wall and attach to foundation.
This is supposed to require 3 people, but it's more interesting to do
it by yourself (picture a lot of C-clamps and other precarious
inventions to hold things together).
Step 9: Install more greenhouse
ribbing. Looks like it hasn't fallen down yet.
Step 10: Install polyurethane panels. Swear and
cuss trying to get them in by yourself.
11: Install tons more panels, bolt the ribs to the foundation,
the rear wall, try not to think about how tired you are getting.
12: Add doors and windows. Discover the door doesn't open
because the ground in front of it goes uphill. Time to dig some
13: Fill in all the dirt around the foundation. Put in all
the weather stripping inside. Almost done. Hurray!
Step 14: Tell the wife it's done. Next year get
her socks or underwear for Christmas.