vent rod used to prop open the lid of the cold frame
Photo: Matthew Benson

Step 18: Cut the Vent Rods

Cut several pieces of ½-inch dowel at varying lengths. They can be used to prop up the window for ventilation or to keep plants from overheating on sunny days. This also prevents moisture buildup.
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    1. 5/4x6 decking by Cambia. Get at least three 8-foot boards.

    2. salvaged window sash 3. pavers Get enough to set beneath each side of the frame.

    4. construction adhesive

    5. 1-inch deck screws

    6. 2½-inch deck screws

    7. brass sash pull

    8. 4-inch galvanized strap hinges Get two to attach the window to the frame.

    9. 4-inch removable-pin hinges Get one for the inside of each corner to make the frame collapsible.

    10. ½-inch dowel Get at least 6 feet to make venting poles of various lengths.