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Walapini near Asheville, NC

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Location: Old Fort, North Carolina
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We are working on a walapini near Asheville, NC in a small town called Old Fort. So far, the area to be dug is on a hill, and we are digging into the hill from a lower level of land below. There is a creek nearby that is a lot lower than where we are digging, but we have hit water about 5-6 feet down. Any suggestions on this? Also, any budget-minded suggestions to roofing/venting? Heat in winter?....average lows are in the 20's in the winter, but can get down to a little below zero. I know that we can get some average-joe plastic to cover the top, but what else might be a possibility that would hold up longer over time??.....thinking at least 5 years or so. Any really basic information.......simple to understand.....would be great. We need all the guidance we can get on this project, planning is necessary in any project.

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Location: Western North Carolina
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Hi Michael,

Any update on your progress? I would like to build a pit greenhouse just northwest of you in Burnsville, NC, and though I have not yet begun digging, it might be mighty useful to hear of your negotiations with these wet mountains. Thanks in advance.

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Location: Canton, NC
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I am building one as well in Canton, Nc, but on top of a hill with no groundwater close. Is there a way to drain the water away? If so, perhaps you could use it instead of fighting it, like develop a great drainage canal and direct all the groundwater into your canal to leave the greenhouse. I'm going to put a drainage canal down the center of my walipini to drain the stairwell and have a drain for any unplanned indoor flooding. I'll be putting a walkway over the canal so theres no wasted space. I'll be putting a rocket mass heater in there sometime as well.

My construction has seemingly taken forever with all sorts of other priorities taking over, but it looks like it should be nearing a roofing phase very soon.

Is yours finished yet?
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