Greenhouses forum: PVC frame for a greenhouse

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Name: Marsel Skendo
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Marsel
Feb 19, 2017 4:44 PM CST
Hi
I have sen on YOUTUBE a video "Building a Greenhouse-Constructing the PVC Frame " and I am trying o get more info here but I am not finding this subject.
Could you help me where to find
Thank you
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 19, 2017 5:17 PM CST
Hi Marsel and welcome. We have a whole forum just for greenhouse information. I'll bet there will be somebody over there that has more information about this. I've suggested to Admin to move your question over there.

The only problem I'd anticipate with making your greenhouse frame out of PVC is that it does break down in sunlight eventually. So a short-term greenhouse, at best or you'd have to be very diligent about painting the PVC material regularly.
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greene
Feb 19, 2017 5:23 PM CST
I researched. "Building a Greenhouse-Constructing the PVC Frame" is a video (find it here):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

The narrator is Paul Simon, landscape horticulturist with the National Gardening Association.

@dave, can you help us find this somewhere in NGA so that Marsel and the rest of us can learn how to build a PVC greenhouse structure. Thank You!
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Feb 19, 2017 7:35 PM CST
I think it's part of this series in the "Learning Library" videos : https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

I used these as my inspiration for building my new greenhouse -- which is yet to be covered in the spring:

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DaisyI
Feb 19, 2017 7:40 PM CST
That looks really cool, Sandy. What do you cover it with? Do you worry about it blowing away? (We had 60MPH winds the other day. I thought my house was going to blow away).
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Feb 19, 2017 7:55 PM CST
Daisy, I bought actual "greenhouse film" for this one; 6-mil, UV-protected, 4-year life expectancy plastic (actually, I think it will last at least 5 years here in the north). For my smaller hoop house I've just been using 3-mil plastic that's sold for covering windows, for painting drop-cloth, etc, which pretty much lasts for 2 seasons here.

Any sort of greenhouse structure has to be anchored down well -- this new big one is bolted down to railroad ties; my smaller (7x15) hoop house is held down with ground anchors. But I think the real key is to make sure the structure is closed up if very windy conditions are expected; if the doors/vents are open, the structure will become a sail, but if everything is closed the wind will push down on it and it will (hopefully) remain in place. Smiling

My small hoop house:

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with the recent spring-like weather I am getting VERY antsy to put the covering on the greenhouse!!
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woofie
Feb 19, 2017 8:16 PM CST
Here is the link to the Learning Library videos. There appear to be only 3 topics, the greenhouse building is the last one. Click on the link and it will take you to a series of YouTube videos on the subject:
https://garden.org/learn/video...
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Feb 25, 2017 2:13 PM CST
woofie said:Here is the link to the Learning Library videos. There appear to be only 3 topics, the greenhouse building is the last one. Click on the link and it will take you to a series of YouTube videos on the subject:
https://garden.org/learn/video...


It does APPEAR that there are only 3 topics, but if you click on the symbol in the top left corner of the first one (3 horizontal bars), there are actually 15 topics there; then where it seems there is just the "customizing your home page" topic, there is also a video tutorial about group seed swaps; the 3rd one about building the PVC greenhouse is all the same topic and contains 7 videos.

@Dave -- is there some way that can be "fixed" ?

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Aug 23, 2017 8:00 PM CST
I have built 3 large greenhouses-hoop houses. I have used 3/4" electrical PVC conduit in mine. I use the electrical conduit because it has already been impregnated with the UV inhibitor. No worries using it with plumbing fittings. They match up perfectly and pose no problems. If you want, Greenhouse Megastore has UV fittings. I use the 55% white poly which filters out 55% of the sun and its UV protected. Which protects the fittings as well. I use my greenhouse year round. I over winter all of my Japanese maples, Redbuds, heucheras and other stuff I don't want to loose. Then in the summer months, we use it as our propagation houses.
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