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Thread: Need to get a 6 x 6, 6 x 8, or 8 x 8 GH

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    That'll save some money (and plants). What about buying the framing & glazing materials and either building it yourself or hiring an out-of-work carpenter to build it for you?
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    theres a thought...hmm...does anyone have any good blueprints/specs for a good GH i can use?
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    I don't have plans myself, but if all you need are dimensions, I believe I've seen some online. I'm working with a woodworker friend of mine to build some benches with some small cold-frame type greenhouses sometime, once we both have time for a project. Coming up with the plans was surprisingly easy; just brace the stress points with 4x4s and include cross-braces to keep it from collapsing. The benches we've planned should be able to support about a half a ton each (although I wonder how precise that value really is.)
    You can get good corrugated polycarbonate around here at like $2 and change for a 20 square foot sheet.
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    i think bruce and joe are the winners.

    Ill have to check online then...what store was that Joe? Home De-pot?

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    Do some research, not only to find plans but also to learn about materials. I confess to nearly complete ignorance of the subject, but I think some polycarbonates lose their transparency pretty quickly, while others last a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by obregon562 View Post
    Ill have to check online then...what store was that Joe? Home De-pot?
    Home Depot and Lowes both have about the same price - I think that Lowes' was a little better, but only by a few pennies. Lowes' had a bigger selection of kinds of materials, though, at least in my town, so that's typically where I go first.
    I was also concerned about curing, especially since I'm expecting to have to support snowpack in the Winter, but I did the math and found that it was only slightly more expensive than using vinyl sheeting (which would die after the first Winter) and even if I replaced it every three years it would still be like ten or more years before I was anywhere close to the price of glass. Do a little number crunching and see what works for you. Plastics are getting pretty high-tech these days - I'm sure they have some kind with weathering characteristics that fit your needs.
    I think - but am not certain - that the polycarbonate I was talking about for $2 a sheet is UV-protected. But yes, Bruce is definitely correct; the type matters a lot.
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