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Converting to a Solar Garden
|You will need: the weatherized house and leftover materials
from Experiment 4; eight 2¼" nails; aluminum foil; a small
screw eye; six 2-pound coffee cans; flat black paint; six to eight
3 or 4 pots with various herbs or other small plants.
In the winter, a solar garden needs something to collect and store the suns heat for release during the night. Our something will be water. .. water in coffee cans. The cans will help the water absorb heat better if they are dark and nonreflective. Thats the reason for the flat black paint. So begin by painting the cans inside and out.
|While theyre drying, you can put up the roof. For that job,
the instruction numbers below correspond to the numbers on
|||NAIL ROOF BASE TOGETHER.
4 pcs. furring 18¾ long
4 pcs. furring 40 long
1 pc. plywood 22 x 40 (interior cutout dimensions:
14¼ x 32¼)
ERECT RIDGE SUPPORTS ON ROOF BASE (anchor by nailing upward through roof base; make sure supports are centered).
2 pcs. furring 12 long
4 nails 2¼ long>
|||CUT OUT CARDBOARD TEMPLATE FOR MARKING RIDGE AND ROOF-BASE ANGLES ON RAFTERS.
SAW RAFTERS TO LENGTH.
8 pcs. furring 17¼ long
|||MARK RIDGE AND ROOF-BASE ANGLES ON RAFTERS. SAW ANGLES OFF.
Cardboard template from Step 3
8 rafters from Step 4