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    A parabolic dish in the sunny part of the yard, aimed at the greenhouse?! (not serious, but wouldn't that be nice if it were that easy?!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whimgrinder View Post
    A parabolic dish in the sunny part of the yard, aimed at the greenhouse?! (not serious, but wouldn't that be nice if it were that easy?!)
    I would be dreaming about, this. I know it...
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    I live in co, and i have one of these harbor freight greenhouses. I actually really like them. Mine doesnt really leak, and the panels havent been warped very much, but a hailstorm will put bb sized holes in the panels given a good storm. And yes, the wind plays havoc with these panels. They will fling off and leave you to go play hide and go seek sometimes, but that can be fixed by adding more clips on to the panels. One more serious note on this greenhouse, these things get HOT. You will need a way to vent/cool this thing or it will kill plants. Ive had mine for 5 years now and it does very well under a shady maple tree. However, this year we left 3 panels off for heat and it does better

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    Quote Originally Posted by NemJones View Post
    I live in co, and i have one of these harbor freight greenhouses. I actually really like them. Mine doesnt really leak, and the panels havent been warped very much, but a hailstorm will put bb sized holes in the panels given a good storm. And yes, the wind plays havoc with these panels. They will fling off and leave you to go play hide and go seek sometimes, but that can be fixed by adding more clips on to the panels. One more serious note on this greenhouse, these things get HOT. You will need a way to vent/cool this thing or it will kill plants. Ive had mine for 5 years now and it does very well under a shady maple tree. However, this year we left 3 panels off for heat and it does better
    In my estimation this is NOT an endorsement, but another data point for the "avoid this product" camp.

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    I have a couple of 8x6 harborfreights and work fine for me 3+ years old.You definitely get what you pay for.I caulked with silicone around all panels.But structurally I didnt have to do anything.I heard the next size up you have to do extra to beef it up.I also bubble wrap the inside to keep the heat in.
    Just my experience.
    Ps instructions to build or not good and was pain to build
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    Honestly, the worst part of having a crappy greenhouse is the mental stress and anguish. My plants are just about the only material possession I care about. I am sentimental about them, especially when they came from another person, and they are important to me.

    In winter I stressed day and night and lost lots of sleep trying to protect them with the harbor freight GH. Wind events, coming home to find the door blown open in 30F or the entire GH upended, snow load, will the heater handle record low temps, etc. Also, the air flow is poor in the HFGH and I wound up with epic Botrytis that attacked my Drosera and Pings like wildfire. A cheap fan solves that problem, but essentially with a cheap crappy GH you spend all your time and money fixing problems that IMO should have been corrected in the design phase.

    Then as I transitioned to spring the overheating became a constant issue. It tied me down from vacationing or spending anything but a single day away from managing the heater and the air vents. Sometimes it would frost in the morning and before leaving for work I'd have to chance it and crack the greenhouse open so that the sun didn't peek out and torch everything. The lack of automation with that greenhouse meant that on any given day, if the conditions fluctuated too much I would lose my entire collection to sunburn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theplantman View Post
    Strongly caution you against the harbor freight greenhouse if you have the budget or technical know-how to DIY.

    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...e-AND-SURVIVED!
    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...orne-Yesterday
    Thank you for those links!
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    Well, I guess my partner couldn't stand my 24/7 pitiful, face and called me to tell me we are going to keep searching for the right backyard for the greenhouse. Lol do not judge me! Lol. This hobby is such a beautiful burden, at times. Thank you everyone for your inputs.
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