This is all older work but i reckon it ought to be up here somewhere.
At last, time to put on the top and start growing some tomatoes.
Resist the urge to put the top on first. Covering the ends first, leaves more surface area of the structure exposed for taping. If you put the top on first, you will only be able to tape the ends over the top instead of around the structural tubing where a more secure binding can be made. However, if you want to be able to remove the end coverings, then you might as well put them on last.
Now that the top and sides of the basic structure are completed, we're going to close up the ends and build the door frame and finally the door itself. I'll build the door 'in place' because the doorframe may not be perfectly square.
Flip through the slide show below to see the process.
This is my greenhouse experiment. The 'high-tunnel' greenhouse design is just about the cheapest to build because it requires very little in the way of materials. This will be a 10' x 24' greenhouse built for around $500 over a few weekends.
The tricky part in this design lies in finding precisely the right size of 3/4" PVC pipe. In this case, it's the inside diameter that we're concerned about. Measure your pipe carefully (before you buy it) and get the stuff that is between 29/32" and 15/16" ID. A lot of it will be 7/8 but skip those because you will not be able to insert the metal conduit. You want the stuff with the widest opening so the metal conduit (aided with a bit of WD-40) will slide in from 6" to 24" giving a lot of wiggle room in the positioning while giving a snug fit. I didn't find any that were too big.
Flip through the gallery below to see part 1 (of 4?) of the construction process - framing the structure.
This is a follow-up post to my original koi pond post. Here, I've detailed the construction process with a few notes about lessons learned and so forth. I'll be doing another post that concentrates on the rest of what I've learned from this experiment. If you're looking to build your own pond, shoot me an email. I'd be happy to give you a free consultation and compare notes.
I just completed a new e-commerce website for mouthguardz.com. L. Heckel & Associates contracted with me to design and build their e-commerce website. I shot the packaging, designed the site, programmed a custom shopping cart that is a pleasure to use and set up a promo code system so that the client can easily assign special pricing to high-volume customers.
In the client's own words...
In the development of www.Mouthguardz.com, Jack was not only flexible, knowledgeable, and professional, he additionally maintained a shared sense of urgency, displaying a true understanding of my timeline and needs. Jack’s expertise not only covers traditional Web Design, but he is very open to the challenge of new, innovative ideas.
—LRH Founder of Mouthguardz.com
Here are a couple of screenshots from the site:
The store's custom shopping cart works with 3 different payment methods. Standard credit card transactions are processed at Authorize.net while special promo codes allow for checkout by check or Net30.
Thanks to PadsitePLUS 2.0, the site also has a built-in content management system and traffic reporting as well as powerful database management tools for tracking orders, managing promo codes and customer data.
The client's product is a new mouth guard that is thinner, lighter and perforated so you can drink and breathe through it. The best part is that this mouth guard is 30% stronger than traditional mouth guards because it does a better job of distributing impact forces. It's pretty amazing by itself and I'm proud to be working with them to sell them on the interwebs.
This was one of my first projects in the kitchen. We had a pantry that had very deep shelves and it was hard to keep it organized because you could only ever see about 1/10th of what was in there. By splitting the space into two sets of shallow shelving and putting one set of shelves in the door, we made the space a lot more usable. We can still pack it full of stuff but now everything is a lot more visible and accessible.
The pond project is now officially finished in the sense that I have done all the things I set out to do in the beginning. Of course, I will continue to experiment with it so in that sense it will probably never truly be finished.
I'll be adding a couple of updates later on - one devoted to the design and construction and another devoted to lessons learned and notes on usage.