Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hoophouse arrival & construction

We received our hoophouse from a business in Kansas city called Stuppy. It arrived on a freight truck ready to be assembled.

Some bullet points about the hoophouse...
This structure is 150 ft. long and 30 ft. wide.
It has 50 columns to put in the ground, 25 on each side.
Under roof square footage is 4500

Our first order of business was to pound in 6 ft tall metal columns into the frozen ground and make sure they were level. Fortuantely the post driver with the tractor makes life much simpler.

The next step was to add the arches to the columns
After all the columns were put in place we could now start bolting the bracing to the top of the arches

Our first week we are able to get done with a big bulk of the work, but still having lots to accomplish before we can finally say its complete. Helping us were Nathan, Joshua, Michael, Sam, Elijah, and Cindy.

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