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Old 08-01-2011, 02:03 AM   #16
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i don't see how i could have built it to much cheaper. i did use treated wood, but that is so it will last longer.

we will see, but assuming some bad ass weather (and we get that here ) doesn't kill it, it should last several years before needing new plastic, but i have plenty... in fact if you want to total up the actual cost of parts on the greenhouse, it would be $130. but as mentioned earlier i had to buy a huge roll of plastic in order to cover the greenhouse with a solid piece...
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If you look on craigslist you can find carport frames for next to nothing. Cover it with plastic, you would have a metal one. You can put the carport frame together in a few minutes & they're 9' tall.

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If you look on craigslist you can find carport frames for next to nothing. Cover it with plastic, you would have a metal one. You can put the carport frame together in a few minutes & they're 9' tall.

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i'll have to check around and see what i can find...
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If you look on craigslist you can find carport frames for next to nothing.
Yeah, you exaggerate. He just said the cost of the plastic was the most imoportant part. There is no way you find a portable carport on craigslist for $25, if you could find one at all. And it wouldnt be a custom design, the garden would have to adapt to the greenhouse instead of the other way around.
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looks good. would this hold up in areas that get alot of snow though??
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looks good. would this hold up in areas that get alot of snow though??
actually it can... the plans show a 2 inch PVC pipe as a ridge beam, so to speak on top of the entire length of the greenhouse.

the guy who built this originally lives in Canada, i believe. he did have a collapse with a big snowfall, but he modified his plans and added the ridge pipe and has had no further issues...

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greenhouse construction still on hold.

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well, i got one end framed. still need to attach the wood framing to the pvc pipe up top, but it's basically done.

one mistake i made was not getting 2 8 footers ripped to 1 x 3 x 8'. instead i just added wood on to the end of my 6 footers to extend them.

also just a note, i have the necessary tools to make these cuts so all my 1 x 3's flush up against each other, but i decided gluing and then using wood screws would provide better overall stability...

i had some of this weather proof glue laying around...



so i did some of this



and some of this



and ended up with this...

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nice step x step instructional , thanks for sharing.
that sucks about the heat- sounds miserable...
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thanks max, i'll get there eventually...
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looking good. Cant wait to see your finished greenhouse!!!!
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one more update today. trimmed up the frame work where it meets the pvc and cable tied the framing to the pvc pipe.




here is about where the front wall will stand...

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a little more progress today, pics later...
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here's where i am at.

if you look closely in the first pic you will see where i have driven the rebar in the ground. this is what holds the 3 middle ribs of the hoophouse...

the boards on the side are just laying on the ground for determining the outside edges of the greenhouse. the end wall is just temporarily in place. i need to put plastic on that piece...






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