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    sweet work JB. looking forward to seeing you fill that puppy up!
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    25 or 30 degree roof would be fine in my opinion,it will also be a hell of alot easier to work on ,you gonna leave an air gap between the two layers of plastic for much better insulation?great project jb

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    Yes going to add the air pump gap as soon as I can.

    Mass. 6 mil is all I can find here at Lowes. Corky water stands on the plastic very early. So need to make sure it has good slope for drainage. But def don't need a 45.

    I'm still battling with the idea of shortening it to 6.5 foot walls. It is a battle because of heating and cooling also easy of build.

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    Rather than shorter walls, why not just make lower rafters? Once you're finished with the structure you can add additional beams to hang things from that you can reach. All the space above can just be vining room or a place for summer heat to collect away from your plants. Better to have that space than not, I think.

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    That's what I keep fighting myself with. Do I cut it do I leave. Was thinking about going to 6.5 foot walls. Idk I'm indecisive becausr I've never been in this Predicament before.

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    The only thing about leaving it 8 foot is there would definitely be excess room even if the vine I think. I didn't realize how tall 8 foot was till it was built.

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    Hmm... I'm still wondering what height you should put it at but to be honest I've never really had an issue with Nepenthes viners running out of room. Once they hit the top of the GH they'll keep on scrambling along and grappling onto the roof nooks which adds a nice jungle affect .


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    OK so I decided to shorten the walls a little. I settled on 6.5'.



    As you can see a good distance. Took me a good bit to get supports in and studs cut to size.

    Here you can see I'm finished with shirtening process.



    Here you can see I've finished adding the wall braces for support. Hard to believe these make a world of difference with stability. Might add a few more before its all said and done.



    Here I added my first ridge support. Only to notice this is too short.


    My slope would have been really bill with this. Wouldn't be that bad in SC if I was using pollycarb panels. But I'm using plastics sheeting. So I needed at least a 30 slope like suggested by a forum member. So that's what I did.



    I raised the roof beam. Now keep in mind this is a 16' 2x4. Not an easy task to do solo, but it was done and now off to cutting the rafters.

    So with having to work the next day I couldn't pull another all nighter. I could only work till about 11 or so. Here are the results.





    I can hardly wait till the next day to work on it. I need more lumber. I'm short one roof rafter and door material. I plan on keeping the 4' door. Well just shy of 4'. I need to add headers under the ridge beam support to keep it from sagging over time. Can never have too many supports. I want to be able to hang from the rafters like my current GH. And I'm a 260lbs guy.

    I'm very happy with the progress so far. I wish is wasn't going as slow and I could work on it more, but such is life and it will get done.

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