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Old 07-11-2014, 11:45 PM   #166
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Lots of projects to complete during my vacation! I have off until August 4 so I am going to be a busy beaver.

I have finished my sink project for the GH. I put the sink and drain in today so it is ready to install in the GH.

I asked hubby to show me how to use the biscuit joiner so I can be involved in making the top for my potting bench. Here are some photos. I did most of the work with just a bit of help with the wood clamps. I hope to finish the bench tomorrow.

Found some refractory cement and the replacement bricks came in on Wednesday. Time to put the stove together. Will probably start working on that this weekend.

Also found some great outdoor lights on ebay for CHEAP! Much nicer than the ugly outdoor security lights. These are going to look great.

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Got a rain shower today and found out that the thermal mass base is water tight (that is a good thing). Bailed out the water and put the fan on it so that we can lay the next rows tomorrow.

So much to do!
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Old 07-12-2014, 02:08 AM   #167
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Good for you Melissa, well done on the biscuit joinery.

Oh, by the way...you dropped one on the floor...tsk tsk.
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Old 07-12-2014, 06:34 PM   #168
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Forget hot yoga. Lay brick in 95 degree heat.
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:20 AM   #169
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I'm almost done with the brick for the thermal mass. Hubby discovered the perks of actually teaching me to do something new. I asked him to show me how to lay brick and I guess he was really sick of that part of the project so he did.

I got right down to work and almost finished the brickwork for the thermal mass. I'd give myself a C. I did pretty well with a few mistakes. The nice thing is that the mass box doesn't have to be perfect so this is a perfect way to learn.

Today's plan if the weather holds is to finish laying the brick. Last night hubby got to work on the wiring and got the lights finished!
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Looks like you are doing a really good job on the brick, I don't see how it could be any better. Hopefully the weather will hold up for you, I see we all are fixin to catch it.
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Foiled by the rain and HAIL! The day started out hot and sunny so I was ready with my bucket of ice and refreshments. I got as much brick done as I could before the skies opened up. Only one row left. Paul and I got caught in the storm and had to take shelter in the shade house. So here are some snaps of the lovely orchids who will love their new GH when it is completed.

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Old 07-15-2014, 11:59 PM   #172
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Took advantage of this beautiful weather we are having and got the brickwork done today! Tomorrow we start to build the rocket mass heater and the frame to hold the swamp cooler. We might even start on the shelving.
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Wow! I'm really impressed by your brick efforts Melissa, sure looks good to me from here.

And I always love looking at pics of orchids. There's nothing else quite like them. Yours are beautiful.
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We are starting to get into the fun stuff for the greenhouse! The customized upgrades that make all of the sweat equity worthwhile.

Yesterday we installed the swamp cooler. After all of the other hard labor, we were happily surprised that it was easy to install and started to crank out cool humidified air immediately.

I spruced up around the back of the GH just to make it easier to walk around. Gravel is so much nicer than mud when it rains.

Today is a bit of a rest day from labor. Hubby is helping our neighbor change his brakes. I'm thinking that I will pull out the orchids and check for bugs. It is always good to do that every now and again.
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Old 07-18-2014, 12:49 AM   #175
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A few photos from today. I think the orchids want me to finish the GH. A few escaped the shade house and are drooling over the new digs.
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Old 07-20-2014, 11:16 PM   #176
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Electrical is complete except for the exhaust fan, which we haven't ordered yet. Rocket mass heater is halfway complete. I'll take photos tomorrow, but we have the duct together with screws and refractory cement (that we got free!)

Hubby is practicing with the welder, because it has been years since he did that.

Tomorrow we build the heater and if all goes well, will use the refractory cement to put it together.

You might wonder why we are putting so much effort into this off the grid heater rather than just plugging in an electric. The photo represents the carnage caused by the theft of our heater this past winter. We lost 1/4 of our collection.

On a nicer note, here are some of my garden photos. We are really enjoying the fresh produce.
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Okay so it is a good thing that I have been keeping this project up to date, because we knocked over the mock up and disassembled it before I took photos. But I had kept notes here so I can reconstruct the heater burn chamber and riser.

Hubby taught me how to use the tile saw and I made all of the corner cuts. Not too bad.

I'm re-doing the final mockup before we mix the cement. Fingers crossed!
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We are at the point where everything is about the detail and it is painstakingly slow!

Tons of photos. We cut the holes in the barrel with 14 gauge swivel head electric metal shears. Then we had to get the duct installed. We put down a layer of fire brick with refractory cement as a base under the barrel bottom.

Then we put up the cement dura-rock. We had to stop as it got too late to make the final cuts for the dura-rock and we didn't want to disturb the neighbors.
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And more photos from the assembly.
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And still more photos.
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