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New Hoop House Pt. 2

April 24, 2013

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In the last post I talked about bending the frame for our hoop house. This is what it looked like with all of the hoops bent, the purlins and mid-rib installed, and the whole thing leveled from side to side. Pretty snazzy, eh?

If we were building a Quonset style hoop house, we would have bent two half circles out of the fencing top rail. These would be joined in the center by putting the male (pointy) end into the female (open) end (no, I didn’t just make that up). Since we wanted a Gothic style though, Mr. B made a pointy top connector out of a piece of bent top rail, and we put both male ends into that.

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I also recently found a company that sells these as part of a kit, but they were easy to make out of the extra top rail we had. This change meant we also needed to modify the midrib carriers, but they also were easy to bend using a vice.

To complete the frame, we dragged the end walls over from the old hoop house and set them up in place. Since the two hoop houses are the same width, the only changes we needed to make was to add some scrap lumber/plywood to connect the round frame to the arched frame. Ta-da!

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We also attached treated 2x6s from the old hoop house to the long sides of the frame about half way between the ground and the purlin. I want to use this hoop house for some summer crops (peppers, cucumbers, maybe basil), and you need to be able to lift the sides of the plastic to reduce air temperatures in the summer. By attaching the plastic to the 2 x 6 and then leaving it loose to the ground, we’ll be able to roll up the sides. It will also give us a place to attach chicken wire if we want to put chickens in there during the winter.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. sue permalink
    April 25, 2013 7:52 am

    nice work.

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