Building a Geodesic Dome Greenhouse - Part 4




Introduction: Building a Geodesic Dome Greenhouse - Part 4

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I finally got around to publishing the next video for building the geodesic dome.  I will admit that there aren't a lot of "instructable" details in this one, but it does show the work that's involved with preparing the land for the building.

As usual, I've included the transcript from the video so you can follow along.  I hope you enjoy it!

Hello Everyone,

After months of delays, here is the fourth video in the dome greenhouse series. This video doesn’t directly pertain to the actual dome construction, but instead shows the site preparation work. If you like chainsaws, tractors, doodle bugs, and huge excavators, you’ll love this segment!

The greenhouse is being constructed at the edge of a field. About one and a half acres needed to be timbered. Each tree needs to be cut, delimbed, and removed from the area. It’s a very time consuming process without the aid of large logging equipment.

Having a tractor with forks helps to speed up the clearing process. All the hardwood logs and branches larger than a couple of inches are collected and stacked in a large pile. They will then be cut and split and will be used to heat the greenhouse during the winter. The larger pine logs will be sawn into lumber.

All the smaller branches are collected and placed in a large pile along the edge of the field. This provides a habitat and shelter area for various animals such as birds and fox. In a few years, the branches will decompose.

My neighbor stopped by with his doodlebug to help with some of the larger trees. A doodlebug is a homemade piece of farming equipment that is made from just about anything that can be welded and bolted together.

This one is used as a logging skidder and has large ag tires with chains, and a huge winch for dragging logs. The winch is tied into the transmission and has an awesome pulling capacity. It has no problem dragging a few complete trees at the same time. It also has no problem driving over some of the toughest terrain.

It’s time to bring in the big guns! The area is filled with stumps intertwined with large glacial boulders. They are no match for this excavator which can easily slice through the roots and throw around the boulders.

For the size of the machine, surprisingly, it was able to do precision work by perfectly leveling out the foundation hole in the footing locations.

When they were done with the foundation hole, we were left with large piles of rocks, topsoil, stumps, and gravel. A nice round and level hole is now ready for footings and foundation wall. Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel couldn’t have done a better job!

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is so amazing! I dream of building something like this when I have the money, time and opportunity. Thank you so much for doing this instructable, it's really inspiring! :-)