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    Default the true cost of the second hand greenhouse

    I was offered a greenhouse by a friend of my mums which i was thrilled about. i knew there would be some cost for glass etc but i dont think i realised how much!
    it is pretty old so i needed to get new insulating tape and glass clips, bolts etc. there were a few broken panes of glass and we broke a few more trying to take it apart. i just got back from the glass shop today... 86 in glass! not to mention having to pay someone to help me take it down and put it back up because there is no way you can do it alone. finally, throw in a few tablespoons of blood lost to glass! arg! cant wait til its finished!

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    Good luck with it! I took apart an old argos wardrobe a few months ago and have created a cold frame and a greenhouse using polythene and perspex! It's rewarding creating something where there was nothing before.
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    Hope you are soon up and growing with your new greenhouse Leona!

    We've had 2 second hand greenhouses in the past 12 months, one for plot1 (10' by 8') which has probably cost us about 75 for glass and fittings, and a second 8' by 6' for the back yard (currently awaiting errection once Mr D's dad has come and built us a brick base for it - he's a brickie!), which will have cost us about 25 to sort out! Fortunately with their being 2 of us we've not had to pay for any help in dismantling or errection!

    If we'd had to buy them new, then there's no way we could have afforded them, as prices for glass greenhouses are probably a factor of 10 higher than what we've so far spent, so without the second hand option we'd not have either of them!

    Plus of course getting second hand means that we've saved them from being skipped, so in a way we've reduced the amount of landfill, much greener to us!
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    I know it is a lot of money, but Focus often have 6"x10" greenhouses on offer for about 140. I was always concerned about buying a second hand one as I never bother to take my time dismantling it and I would be lost trying to rebuild it as a result. Having said that, our new one had no istructions with it and shirls showed me how to put it together quite efficiently! Must be her logical womans touch I suppose.

    Incidentally, we used 4" breeze blocks for our base with a small gap between them - yet to be filled. What is best expanding foam (not very environmentally friendly) or cement? The first is easier and the latter means me making up some shoring to stop it oozing out everywhere until it goes off. I can build an engine or a jukebox... But a wall.... uh uh!
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    i dont have enough bricks to put completely round the base so im going to fill the gaps with soil i think....

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    Quote Originally Posted by madmax View Post
    ..... we used 4" breeze blocks for our base with a small gap between them - yet to be filled. What is best expanding foam (not very environmentally friendly) or cement? The first is easier and the latter means me making up some shoring to stop it oozing out everywhere until it goes off. I can build an engine or a jukebox... But a wall.... uh uh!
    Max, just go easy on the water.

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    Can't you leave the gaps for ventilation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hazel at the Hill View Post
    Can't you leave the gaps for ventilation?
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