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Handy Man: Sean O'Neill

Programme 3

Erecting a Trellis Fence
Trellis comes in ready made sections ie 8’ x 4’, 6’ x 4’ etc and is used to create a support fence for climbing plants. Erecting trellis is very simple, mark out where the trellis is to go, where the trellis starts make a guide hole with a long bar and set a fence post into the ground, drive it into the ground with a sledgehammer until standing firm, set your trellis from this pole and mark where it ends. Drive another post here and continue until you have enough posts to support the required trellis. Attach the trellis to the posts with nails, make sure the trellis is a little off the ground to allow for rises and falls in the soil, use a spirit level to make sure the trellis is level, or just use your eye, keeping the level relative to the horizontal lines of your garden. Lastly, cut off the tops of the posts level with the top of the trellis.

Making a Cold Frame
4 foot by 2 foot is a good size for a cold frame. Get two 8 foot scaffold boards, cut one in half and cut two pieces 1 foot 8inches off the other. Set down one 4 foot piece and but up the two short sides to each end. Screw through the 4 foot piece, at each end, into the side pieces. Place the other 4 foot piece on the other side and screw onto the sides. Now you have a 4 foot by 2 foot frame. Next, the top. The top is 4 foot by 2 foot corrugated Perspex ( Buy it cut to size). Set the top down on the frame and place two 4 foot long 2 x 1 (inches) timbers under the Perspex on the long sides. Screw through the Perspex into the 2 x 1’s (Do not over screw to avoid going fully through the Perspex. Now cut two 2 x 1 timbers for the short sides and screw together. Now attach two hinges to one of the long 2 x 1’s and then attach the hinges to the scaffold frame. Cut a piece of 2 x 1 about 30 inches long and use this to hold the top in an open position, to close remove the stick. This is your cold frame. You can attach a handle for opening and closing if you wish.

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