Building a greenhouse

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Caelma, Dec 11, 2005.

  1. Caelma

    Caelma Well-Known Member

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    Can anyone here suggestion web sites and books in regards to
    building greenhouses?

    Anyone who had built their own, can you share any do's and don'ts with a frist timer?
     
  2. Terri

    Terri Singletree & Weight Loss & Permaculture Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    If you use PVC pipe, DO sand and prime the pipes before you glue them. Also, Most PVC plans allow for too much movement for my windy Midwestern location, so reinforce them.

    According to Mitch, a triangle is the stiffest configuration. I can attest that when my PVC pipe greenhouse was stiffened by screwing on diagonal boards (that created a triangle using the existing boards), it stopped the movement that was bouncing my greenhouse apart.

    I was not entirely pleased with my plans (Too much movement!), so I will let the others share theirs with you.
     

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  4. MELOC

    MELOC Master Of My Domain

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    what a great link. i wish all posts were this fruitful. they got it goin' on in tennesee!
     
  5. SolarGary

    SolarGary Well-Known Member

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    Hi,
    My site has free plans for quite quite a few greenhouses and sunspaces:
    http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/Sunspace/sunspaces.htm

    For books, I think the Adrew Shapiro book thats listed at the top of the page on the link above is very good. Its out of print, but easy to get on Amazon.com used books, and the price is right.

    Gary
    www.BuildItSolar.com
     
  6. Fire-Man

    Fire-Man Well-Known Member Supporter

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    What size greenhouse are you looking to build?
     
  7. MELOC

    MELOC Master Of My Domain

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    in the one link i found a great plan for a winter friendly greenhouse for pa. the plan was free but i have to pay to download the issue of the mag?!?