For all intents and purposes, the greenhouse is now done! Yeah!
I'm not the world's best caulker, and in hind sight, I should have taped the panels in from the inside and then caulked them rather than putting in the manufacturer's clips and caulking around them, but it's done and it's nearly airtight! It's in the twenties here tonight and the inside of the greenhouse is a cozy 62. That's up 20 degrees over what I was able to keep it overnight before caulking. :)
I'm still missing a part - This is the track for the sliding door and it's supposed to have a support that runs up from the frame to support the track. They won't send it to us without the receipt and Hubby is looking for that, but I have to wonder, who on earth would want this one part other than someone who had bought their greenhouse? Whatever, I hope he finds the receipt.
The only thing this kit was lacking was some kind of door latch. I've rigged it with some clamps, but there has to be something better out there.
I finally got the automatic vent dialed in (I think). On Tuesday it got up to 116 degrees inside - and I think the window on the side of the greenhouse nearest my house is sticking and is too difficult to lift for the little piston on the vent. I wanted to be able to manually open the one facing the river so I could have views, but it opens much more easily and since this is a house for my plants not me, I have to think of them first. Today, it got up to 90, but the vent opened and let some air in before the temp could climb higher. Hopefully it will continue to do that when I'm not observing it.
Got my first plants in. These are the poor wretches that were not handling the shift indoors very well. They're my guinea pigs. If they survive, I can start some seedlings. If not, well, they weren't doing well indoors anyway. :o
I've got the solar panel inverter running into the greenhouse and I've put the battery in there. Today, I ran a small ventilation fan on it as well as the light off it, but the minute I turned on heat, the poor little battery said 'no way'! I hope to pick up another small solar panel (a mono-crystalline one) and another battery or two to expand the system. I'd really like to keep the greenhouse entirely solar if I can. Hubby is already making noises about electricity use.
It's lovely in there - just big enough for me, a table and chair and my plants. Cozy, even downright warm at times, and close enough to the house to get the wifi. I think I know where I'm going to be spending more time. ;) I might even get something written. (:O
And Now for Something Completely Different...
All Systems Are Go!