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    Default Greenhouse HELP (sort of urgent!) please!

    Dear all ....... at my wits end!

    A couple of weeks ago we built my second hand greenhouse, it bought a plinth with legs and concreted in the legs (on advice)
    The guy i was doing it with checked the plinth and said it was level. We poured postcrete in one side, let that set, double checked the other side and concreted that in too. I suggested to do one at a time and wait to check it was straight again before doing the last but i got told i was worrying for no reason
    I have started putting in the glass on the roof and fitted one side yesterday
    This morning i went to do the bottom roof panels on the other side and they are sloping. All of them. I didn't have a spirit level with me but i presume somehow that its not straight. I can't believe that this has happened to me

    So my question is, if i do find its unlevel, what can be done? At the moment i have left the panels clipped in but they are unlevel, only one side is touching the wall panel instead of all of it resting on the wall panel. I have a couple of alluminium strips and i was wondering if i could 'pack it out' in between the base and the plinth. Any other suggestions?

    I really cant smash up the concrete corners . I am so annoyed that i listened to a man!

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    I'd remove the glass and check all the levels with a spirit level first. To see how much they're out and where.
    I'm sure someone who knows what they're talking about will be along soon.
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    A bit of a long shot but are the panes definitely going in the right place, the greenhouse may have been out of skew to start with & the panes "may" just be a fraction different in size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigmallly View Post
    A bit of a long shot but are the panes definitely going in the right place, the greenhouse may have been out of skew to start with & the panes "may" just be a fraction different in size.
    I did wonder that, but all the screw holes are pre-cut so it would be a bit strange
    I am at work now so will have to pop there after with a spirit level

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    You mentioned the bolt holes as I was also wondering if new holes had been drilled and thrown it out of kilt a bit............check the base with a level then check the gutters, then if possible the ridge........If the horizontals are level, it may pay to check the vertical bars while you have the level at hand.
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    sounds like it got a bit of a twist in it,hope you get it sorted soon,have you any pics for us,that show what you saying,it could help a lot with a diognosis.
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    You can check your level with a water hose, easy to do f you have someone to help you if not, secure one end to a corner post having the outlet flush with the top and take the other end to an other corner and holding it level with the top fill the hose with water if water runs out one end before the other then it not level, check all corners before you adjust accordingly, you must check that your base is square, you can do that with a length of string and sticky tape make sure what you use can't stretch, secure string at one end mark where the string comes off the corner with tape, take it to the furthest corner and again make where the string touches, then do the other corners, (always the furthest corners) and if there is a difference you need to adjust as required. Hope this information is of use, even if it is from a man
    it may be a struggle to reach the top, but once your over the hill your problems start.

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    If you can get a bit of clear hose to go on tight to the end of a water hose it makes checking your levels so much easier, our just check that the water level is flush with corner top then check the level at the other end, far more accurate than a spirit level
    it may be a struggle to reach the top, but once your over the hill your problems start.

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