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February 4, 2008 at 9:17 am #241982
Hothouse or shadehouse
Many moons ago Scarecrow requested that I make her a new hothouse so she could pot on her seedling thingies. Who am I to refuse such a request?
There was no hurry as long as it was finished on the weekend. 😐
Guys, you have to try this. It is a real babe magnet
The full step-by-step is here
Posts (star pickets)
Ag pipe (2â€ slips over the pickets)
UV Treated Plastic
Washers made from 19mm PVC pipe to prevent the plastic being ripped if there is a breeze
Spirit level, to ensure the posts are in straight (yeah right)
Timber for framework
Before you start, clear the area, as ordered/requested, cart the good soil to another area of the garden especially to the furtherest(?) part of the garden because the exercise is good for you I am reliably informed :geek:
Fill this with several millimetres of crusher dust (by-product of making big rocks into small rocks)
Using the especially made washers attach the plastic to the framework.
WARNING: if it even looks like it might get windy, do this another day or have enough red wines for you not to notice, because the slightest breeze makes handling the plastic a real riot, trust me.
This is the end product. Not pretty, but practical.
It has since be re-covered with shadecloth for the warmer weather.
Pot on, Dudes :metal:
Regards, Doc 😉
Edited to include This Link to the full instructions.February 4, 2008 at 9:29 am #324250LeecyMember
Looks good Doc…. hubby has something to do on the weekend now 😆February 6, 2008 at 12:04 pm #324251gringoMember
Can sympathise with you on that one Doc 🙁
I did a bigger version last year and it was the biggest pain in the butt excercise I engaged in for some time.
However the end result was worth it. :clap:February 6, 2008 at 8:47 pm #324252MargoMember
My DH wimped out and let me buy one :lol::lol::lol:February 6, 2008 at 9:31 pm #324253
You are right. Lots of effort but well worth it. :tup:
What ever happened to sustainable living? :confused:
If DH had made one for you he would have gained sooooo much experience that he could challenge me in the field 😆
Regards, Doc 😉February 9, 2008 at 12:06 am #324254sheringaMember
VERY impressive :clap: :clap:
I’ll get the OH onto it asap. He’s an ex S.A man and you’ve thrown up a challenge now :tup:
Can you tell me where you sourced your plastic from and approximate costs.
BecFebruary 9, 2008 at 2:00 am #324255
Hi there Bec :wave:
Total cost breakdown follows:
2″ Polypipe @ $2.75 per metre
Star Pickets $4-$6 (1350mm/1650mm)
Sheet Plastic approx $2-$3 per metre
Shadecloth (later) less than $10 per metre
**USE THE BEST YOU CAN AFFORD**
The first one I made had cheapo plastic and it just broke down in the 45C summer days :jawdrop:
All of the above came from our local rural suppliers.
You should find something at your nearest builders suppliers. Before concreting builders lay a very strong layer of waterproof plastic.
Tough stuff :metal:
Hope this helps.
Regards, Doc 😉February 13, 2008 at 12:53 am #324256sheringaMember
Muchos Gracias Doc 😀February 13, 2008 at 3:38 am #324257redhen2Member
wow. you are truly an excellent husband. :tup:
i have a frame of a shadehouse/greenhouse already in the garden adn it needs recovering before it rots in the no-sign-of-stopping rain. any tips on what type of plastic to use? i want it to last many years.
kathyFebruary 13, 2008 at 7:54 am #324258Eira ClaptonParticipant
Hey Doc, you really know how to impress a girl.
What is this thing called ‘ag pipe’ which slips over star pickets? It isnt the same as reticulation pipe which comes in 16mm and 22 mm here in the west, and is too small for star pickets.February 13, 2008 at 10:20 pm #324259
You are looking for UV Stabilized Plastic Film.
Your local hardware store should either have it or be able to get it in for you. :geek:
Otherwise, try a local rural supplier (like a hardware shop for farmers). :tup:
Check out the pipe that is used for bores.
The lines they run down are usually 2″.
Otherwise, see my reply to Kathy especially the rural suppliers.
It’s their bread and butter.
Regards, Doc 😉February 14, 2008 at 12:20 am #324260beccaMember
EMW – rural supplies or hardware stores here usually call it poly pipe.
Great structure, Doc!February 14, 2008 at 1:17 am #324261ali_celtMember
Hey Doc, what kind of wind will this stand up to? Would I be better off trying to convince him to make one out of a full timber frame??? It gets reallly windy down here…February 14, 2008 at 7:35 am #324262
Hi Ali :wave:
I have to say that I really don’t know the answer to this question
I guess it would depend on how well anchored the frame is and how well the plastic was attached.
Make sure you use plenty of those special washers and ensure that the plastic cannot blow around.
This is good advice in the cooler months but when it gets hotter, the plastic stretches anyway.
Regards, Doc 😉May 24, 2008 at 11:57 pm #324263AnjaMember
I have passed this on to my DH.
(PS only regards, Doc, not ‘hothousinlgy yours?)
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