Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




119 posts

Master Geek


#225885 10-Dec-2017 07:42
Send private message

Hi.

 

Inherited a Glasshouse frame from a property. It no longer has glass but an elderly neighbor nearby is incredibly nice, gives people vegetables already and she doesn't have much. I know she's had something like this on her wish list for a while.

 

I thought it would be nice to get this thing functional for her. I can drop the frame over the fence and then I need an economical way to cover it.

 

The frame is 2.4m wide x 1.8m wide x 2.2m high.

 

The panels are designed for cheap thin glass, they have small bits of metal that fold over to hold the glass in place.

 

I was thinking plastic roll from Mitre10, but having a rotter of a time working out how I would cover it effectively. 

 

I've been wondering what hard plastic I could get that I could cut with a stanley knife, but nothing seems economical. I mean, I can pay $150 to get this thing finished for her, but I don't think my generosity will go much further than that.

 

Any ideas chaps?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
15789 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  #1915883 10-Dec-2017 08:36
Send private message

Will soft plastic survive the weather? You could tell that story to glass companies and ask if they have offcuts?

886 posts

Ultimate Geek

Subscriber

  #1915885 10-Dec-2017 08:38
2 people support this post
Send private message

I reckon clear corflute would be the business, if you can find the stuff.








 
 
 
 


1948 posts

Uber Geek

Subscriber

  #1915888 10-Dec-2017 09:00
Send private message

Heaps of places (mitre10 and specialists), Search "green house plastic sheets". 

 

wrap that on and off you go ! 

 

 

 

 




119 posts

Master Geek


  #1915889 10-Dec-2017 09:02
Send private message

I see some white Corflute at Bunnings. It looks like the stuff they make real estate sales signs out of.

 

The price seems okay. Just need to find a source of clear stuff.

 

 


2354 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #1915892 10-Dec-2017 09:05
Send private message

I think you will struggle to do this with a semi-rigid material (glass or plastic) for $150 TBH unless you find a generous supplier.

 

My Grandad's greenhouse is a half circle, with pipes forming a half circle and a flexible clear plastic (like a super thick and clear plastic bag material) pulled taut over the frame.

 

I wonder if you could retrofit your frame to fit a taut film you could get it done within your budget. On the long edge, I'd place timber battens along the roof ridge and where the roof meets walls (to cover any sharp metal bits). Run the plastic from the bottom of one side over the top and to the bottom of the other side. At the ends of the plastic, wrap it a few times around a wooden batten, and screw the batten into the metal frame to tension the plastic. Use a similar approach for the ends, although it would be tricky to get the ends uniformly tight. 

 

Mitre10 has a really cheap film and really expensive options, you might find something a bit more in the middle with a short roll with a good width

 

e.g. this film is cheap https://www.mitre10.co.nz/shop/number-8-polythene-2-x-10-metre-opaque/p/291825


2306 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  #1915912 10-Dec-2017 09:59
4 people support this post
Send private message

Get quote then try geekzone crowd funding.

Sounds like a generous community minded project. I'm in for $20 if you want to do this.

A.

1553 posts

Uber Geek


  #1915919 10-Dec-2017 10:51
Send private message

It wouldn't be that expensive, but you could fix trellis battens to some of the supports  with self tapping screws, and then wrap with plastic sheeting. 

 

Trellis battens are about $4-ish for 2.4 metre lengths, and rolls of plastic for greenhouses aren't that expensive. 


 
 
 
 


14925 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  #1915924 10-Dec-2017 12:04
Send private message

That looks like an Edenlite frame. Eden have an online store, buy the spring clips to hold the glass from them and get the glass cut to fit. Eden will be able tell you the size and supplier




Mike
Retired IT Manager. 
The views stated in my posts are my personal views and not that of any other organisation.

 

Be it ever so humble, there is no place like home.


47 posts

Geek


  #1915999 10-Dec-2017 13:20
Send private message

Where in the country are you?  I'm Auckland based and am sure there's a couple of lengths of the brand spanking clear fluted polycarbonate at work that can disappear.  


15889 posts

Uber Geek


  #1916008 10-Dec-2017 13:39
Send private message

I have a similar sized glass house, although mine is timber. It takes thin agricultural glass, which should be cheaper than normal glass. The problem is that that type of glass may not be easy to source as my local glass place doesn’t stock it, and when I have broken panes, I have had to get normal glass, which is stronger, but doesnt slide into the frame as well. I imagine coreflute will be too thick to fit into the glass slots. Screwing timber battens to the frame, and then screwing on the coreflute could be an option and maybe the cheapest way to do it although may not look that great, and may not be weather tight. Thin Polycarbonate sheets is an option and safer than glass, but pricey.



119 posts

Master Geek


  #1916034 10-Dec-2017 16:04
Send private message

Thanks all for the replies. We're in Dunedin, so the Auckland 'back of the truck' idea is off the cards. Going to follow @MikeB4 advice and see how it goes, otherwise will get out the wallet myself. Cheers.


1714 posts

Uber Geek


  #1916038 10-Dec-2017 16:19
Send private message

Have you tried Redpaths in Christchurch for some end-of-line greenhouse films?  Various grades and widths, use some clips to attach to the frame.

 

http://redpath.co.nz/current-plastic-film-specials.html?


22217 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1916175 10-Dec-2017 18:56
Send private message

I'm in for $20 to help you reward this nice lady for her generosity.

 

 


Lock him up!
11632 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  #1916311 10-Dec-2017 23:02
Send private message

I will also contribute $20.

 

 





I don't think there is ever a bad time to talk about how absurd war is, how old men make decisions and young people die. - George Clooney
 




119 posts

Master Geek


  #1916317 11-Dec-2017 02:36
Send private message

Appreciate the money offers - not required, thank you. I will try my best, with the options I have, to stay under $150 - if I go over I will cover it.


 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Intel introduces 10th Gen Intel Core H-series for mobile devices
Posted 2-Apr-2020 21:09


COVID-19: new charitable initiative to fund remote monitoring for at-risk patients
Posted 2-Apr-2020 11:07


Huawei introduces the P40 Series of Android-based smartphones
Posted 31-Mar-2020 17:03


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip now available for pre-order in New Zealand
Posted 31-Mar-2020 16:39


New online learning platform for kids stuck at home during COVID-19 lockdown
Posted 26-Mar-2020 21:35


New 5G Nokia smartphone unveiled as portfolio expands
Posted 26-Mar-2020 17:11


D-Link ANZ launches wireless AC1200 4G LTE router
Posted 26-Mar-2020 16:32


Ring introduces two new video doorbells and new pre-roll technology
Posted 17-Mar-2020 16:59


OPPO uncovers flagship Find X2 Pro smartphone
Posted 17-Mar-2020 16:54


D-Link COVR-2202 mesh Wi-Fi system now protected by McAfee
Posted 17-Mar-2020 16:00


Spark Sport opens its platform up to all New Zealanders at no charge
Posted 17-Mar-2020 10:04


Spark launches 5G Starter Fund
Posted 8-Mar-2020 19:19


TRENDnet launches high-performance WiFi Mesh Router System
Posted 5-Mar-2020 08:48


Sony boosts full-frame lens line-up with introduction of FE 20mm F1.8 G large-aperture ultra-wide-angle prime Lens
Posted 5-Mar-2020 08:44


Vector and Spark teamed up on smart metering initiative
Posted 5-Mar-2020 08:42



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.