Message from dmac100 in Cascade Front #self-improvement-general
I'll look into making one, will only be here for two years so dont mind it if doesnt last much longer than that
That corrugated fiberglass stuff is not really expensive anyway.
I like the pvc ones because they are super easy to move and cheap to make.
I had one with really thick plastic over a plastic tube frame, I got it for starters until they were big enough to plant.
Was maybe 6' tall and 5' wide.
It lasted until the first good storm.
I weighted it down with bricks, but then the wind just shredded it.
if you're willing to buy 8 or 9mm plastic it should last a few years.
But this was a small shitty one, you could build something way better.
With real PVC.
And something more substantial for the walls.
No duh. The real problem is that the larger diameter pvc doesn't bend well. I suppose you could use pex tubing instead.
If you used the thicker walled PVC it would probably be fine here, the plastic that one was made of was junk.
any idea what thickness it was? I'd guess 3 or 4mm.
It's the walls that are tricky because most materials strong enough to withstand a good storm don't let enough light through.
Other than glass and acrylic of course, but that's kind of expensive.
Light shouldn't be a problem if it doesn't have to compete with shade.
This stuff was maybe a 6 mil plastic clear sheeting.
I was hopeful but it just didn't hold up.
How was the plastic attached?
the frame was mostly okay though, even being made of that shit plastic tubing.
I'm talking about the plastic sheeting.
So the frame built just like PVC would, and then the walls were essentailly a huge clear bag with a zipper around the front.
Wrapper? I dunno.
Hard to describe, like a skinn I guess.
was it a solid piece that was glued on? I'd use zip ties attached to each support post.
So you end up with basically a large clear box.
No, it was flexible plastic that the PVC "skeleton" gave structure to from the inside.
Let me see if I can find one, this was years ago and have since built something more sound.
Something similar in concept to this.
It's hard to describe without having pictures. It would be a pvc skeleton linked together with tees and pipe to make the frame work with zip ties through grommets in the plastic to secure the skeleton.
With thicker plastic and a zipper running around the whole front side.
Of course that would tear. It's like a giant sail that would catch the wind. It needs to have a bit of give to prevent it tearing.
Yeah, I kow exactly what you are talking about, I think it would be fine as long as the grommets were installed properly and the sheeting was thick enough.
Oh, it gave..
Storms get pretty bad here though with respect to winds.
I work in a hardware store that sells 8mm plastic. But for some reason I can't find it listed online.
The problem with grommets is that they create "tear points" if they aren't crimped well enough.
yeah, you could try to attach the grommets to another piece of plastic and then glue that on to the sheeting.
That would probably work better. You would need a hell of a glue.