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Michael S. New

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About ten years ago I bought a bender from a vendor on EBay, for producing a 20' diameter hoop. Using 3 pcs of the top rail you refer to. He had worked the arc of the bender out just right. I just took a look at it and, no he has no name on it. But I think he sent a cd with it, If you need that I can try to find it. I did mine 28' long, 2' OC and covered with corrugated polycarbonate. Wound up with more leaks than I wanted due to my bad lap system, so I overlaid 7/16 OSB on the top 1/3,  installed to the tubes with self tapping screws. Then I shingled the osb. So, almost exactly what you envision. The osb bends to this gentle arc fine, if laid lengthwise and staggered. Obviously would not conform if laid the opposite way. Still cheaper than ply, and fine if you cover. If you want to go metal like corrugated, you will have to lay lengthwise also, and you will get leaks unless you can obtain sheets the full length of your building. ( it is the end over end joints that will leak) You can lap the lengthwise joints enough to prevent leaks there. You may be able to get full length sheets from a real steel supplier, not big box.
BTW the link you sent is just a fabric building, there are tons of those online, such as Clear Span etc. Most of quality are to large for you though.
1 year ago
Well I have a 34' dia dome greenhouse, with a 1/2 loft . While building my home adjacent, I moved in to the north 1/2, insulated that, so I have 1/2 glazing. For DHW, I put inside  3 ea  4x8 flat plate collectors, I had salvage, a 150 gal Stock tank for reservoir and a small taco pump to circulate. As long as there is nice sun, we have plenty of hot water. And as the greenhouse never freezes, ( also have close 3000 gal water storage in there in various ways,)  so that tempers the temps, I do not need heat exchangers or any such, just pure, ( hard as hell) well water.
1 year ago
Nice passion, rare to see someone who is both thoughtful and expressive. Indeed the internet today is full of " expert advice" As is all human life. Like they say opinions are like AH...., everyone has one. Non clumping cat litter?
Non-clumping cat litter is often made of zeolite, diatomite and sepiolite. , years ago spent a good bit of time researching zeolite, very porous, probably excellent, no where near local for most gardeners.
Liked the comment on junk systems, but like most junk houses and cars those will fade as the process matures. Nevertheless sometimes adults need a spanking.  
Did you put up some proof of system as requested by previous poster? Cant find it.
2 years ago
Many useful comments here. I have not been a poster here, but this is an interesting subject.  8-9  years ago I recycled a 35' dome greenhouse built originally  for the high cold areas of Colorado. I then  took inspiration from "passive solar greenhouses" and insulated the north 1/2. I am at lat 32 and  8k feet, so southwest mountains. I studied water as diurnal storage and installed 32 each 55 gallon barrels, ( which became my planting benches) Also a 2500 gallon fish tank. All I can say is that the structure without any heat except the sun has dipped below freezing only one time in that span when a terrific norther blew out a north window ( 70-90 mph, 4' snow)  That one did make mush of the bananna trees, but also helped by beating pests back, and all the remaining vegetation came roaring back.
As I spend 6+ months a year out of state for work, this thing has to run on autopilot a lot. Water has been the salvation. Also go to BUILD IT SOLAR.COM, several good articles, and data on water as diurnal heat storage and temperature tempering.
I tried to work on the stratification issue which is real, too much a pain frankly. Anything with pumps and plumbing is a full time job. I say that as a completely off grid, completely solar, completely handy as hell person.
2 years ago
Hi, new here like many. Here is my situation, sloped site in central NM, semi arid 7500ft, dry,13"-15" counting snowmelt. Building an off grid all solar house on a south facing slope from recyclings of a closed down saw mill. This has resulted in a LOT of scrap fir and pine as well as the fire safety thinning of pinyon and Juniper. The fill required for the house resulted in a pit 25X60X5 down hill from the home site. So, the pit which is in a small watershed is now filled with the aforementioned unuseable logs and cutoffs. during the monsoons it does fill with rainwater.
My plan is to pipe all household grey water to this ( high clay site), cover the pit with about 40 or more yards of composted manure and a bit of soil, ( we have no top soil to speak of here) and fence it off as a future garden site ( mule deer/elk/rabbits/bears etc.)
Has anyone experience with using grey water, and such a deep pit? Should I try to distribute the greywater near the surface? Does that matter?
5 years ago