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A Tiny Homestead Building a permanent greenhouse with cattle panels

A Tiny Homestead Building a permanent greenhouse with cattle panels

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Building a permanent greenhouse with cattle panels - part 1

A Tiny Homestead: Building a permanent greenhouse with cattle panels - part 1

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Still cattle panel structures have their share of problems. Snow load being the biggest one unless you build it with that in mind.

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I added 3 cattle panels

In these two pictures of the greenhouse you can see on the left it's leaning without even a tarp on it because it's only attached at the wood base.

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A Tiny Homestead: Building a permanent greenhouse with cattle panels - part 1

I left the hex screws out about a 1/2" to 3/4" so there was a gap between the base and the board so I could then slide the end of the cattle panel ...

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When I got all three panels into the boards on both sides I added some hex screws above so the cattle panels can't be raised.

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To get the cattle panels on, I start by clamping a 1" x 4" board to the base. I drilled pilot holes along the bottom of the board and then added 2" hex ...

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In these two pictures of the greenhouse you can see on the left it's leaning without even a tarp on it because it's only attached at the wood base.

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Next you attach the 4 top pieces. It's pretty easy if there are 2 of you but because it's just me and a 10 yr old here I have to be creative ...

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Pull the post out and fill the hole with water a few times. It will go in much easier after that.

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Next using zip ties attach the panels to each other and to the sides. I use a bunch...their cheap and worth it. I did also use end caps on the T posts.

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And, there you have it. A small shelter that should keep my little guys dry. It was simple and affordable, not to mention giving my daughter some ownership ...

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Since the bottom areas of the front had open spaces, I played around with building rock faces on either side. Easy and FREE!

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We actually built my greenhouse in the back of my neighbor's yard because the 3 families of of us that live as neighbors work together and help each other; ...

It was built with t-posts on the outside and I later added the ties to the front to hold in the bedding since we use ...

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The second step was to arch the section of cattle panel and secure it to the opposite side, again using pipe strap sections. I then secured the cattle panel ...

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After the front and back walls were framed, we added pipe insulation to the ends of the cattle panels as a way to help protect the plastic from the sharp ...

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As you can see on the bottom on each corner, I didn't do the best at making the plastic look all pretty but it's definitely secure and isn't going anywhere.

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Once it's standing up like this go to the first side and using a double end snap or some other similar type clip and clip the top cattle panel to the side ...

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The final step was to cover the cattle panel with the tarp and attach it to the panel with small zip ties.