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  1. Aug 30, 2013 #1

    7greeneyes

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    Read this thought it was a pretty cool idea if you have a bunch o plastic bottles and want to greenhouse grow.


    URL: hMPp://ana-white.com/2011/04/plastic-bottle-green-house-build-guide





    plastic bottle green house build guide !


    How to construct a Greenhouse using Plastic Water bottles !!





    Well I think from the picture you have already seen, I reckon you will
    have a good idea as how to make your greenhouse, however take a look here à(hMPp://www.reapscotland.org.uk/reports/greenhouse%20v1.pdf
    ) there were certain
    points on the site that I didn’t like, so I adapted my construction a little
    different to theirs, since my 1st green house I have adapted even
    more. also I used only 1.5 litre water
    bottles that friends on the island collect for me, in 3 months I had collected
    over 7000 bottles, fortunately most had easy peeling labels, the rest are awful
    to peel, but hey! It’s all for a great cause. Did you know, it takes over 100
    years for a single plastic bottle to completely decay?

    1)You need a terrific amount of storage space to keep your
    collected bottles, the greenhouse I made measures 2mtrs x 2mtrs and 1.9 high and took a
    little over 1000 bottles to make !

    2) It will benefit you, if you put all the different
    types of bottles in separate sections, I do this as it’s easier to find the
    same type bottles to make the gaps between each bottle the same !

    3) I find, sharp blades are the best for cutting the bottles, so you
    will need lots of blades and lots of band aids. ( If you’re anything as clumsy
    as me ) I use 2” x 2” timber for my frames ( panels ) and all the wood is
    treated ( stained ) before any bottles are fitted ! ( NOTE ) never ever
    use nails, screw and glue all wood frame joints, because if you make an error,
    you will damage the wood trying to prise it apart ! Also make sure you start at the top of the
    panel and work downwards, otherwise later on when the greenhouse is outside,
    rain water will get into the cuts and may go mouldy! working from the top ensure all cuts are
    downward and rain won’t get in !

    4) Clear Silicon ( transparent glue ). I squeeze a little dab of
    clear silicon in between each bottle when the full panel is finished, laid on
    the floor I run a soft sweeping brush over the finished panel, to make sure all
    the bottles are flat, then I squeeze in the silicon ( glue ) this gives greater
    strength !

    5) When you have measured the diameter of your bottles, you can work out
    how wide your wood frame has to be, don't guess or you will either be to short
    or too long, and the bottles will have big gaps in between them, “which looks
    awful” ( I did this on my 1st attempt, but learned very quick ) the height of
    your green house is entirely up to you, as you can cut the length of a bottle
    to any size, the width of your frame is important so that the bottles fit
    in nice and snug.

    6) You must lay your wood frame flat on the floor and put thin pieces of
    wood underneath the frame to lift it up, this is so the centre of the bottles
    are centred to the middle of wood frame ( otherwise your bottles will be proud on the other side) and won't look nice.

    7) When you see my pictures, you will notice I cut a bottle in half, and
    I screw the bottom of the bottle onto the inside top of the readymade frame,
    this will ensure they won’t move about or blow around when its windy ( which is
    quite frustrating ) !

    8) I then cut about 1 inch off the bottom of every other bottle and
    insert the top of those bottles into the half cut bottles that I screwed to the
    wood, this is done all the way along the frame until you get close the bottom
    of the wood frame.

    9) I then put full ( uncut ) bottles along the bottom of the wood frame,
    now you should have a gap from the full
    bottle and the last cut bottle, measure this gap and cut a bottle enough so it’s
    a tight snug fit, then push it into position, do this the full length of the
    wood frame until you have a full panel. Every 4th row of bottles
    will have a hole of 16mm ( use a soldering iron to do this ) the top on and the
    bottom one has this hole, and directly where that hole sits on the wood frame,
    a 16mm hole is drilled through the wood, then a 15mm bamboo or 15 mm steel bar
    can be threaded through one end of the frame and inside the bottles until it
    comes through the other end of the wood frame, ( I cut the bamboo or steel a few
    mm short so I can hammer a nail underneath it to stop it falling out when you
    move the frame, without these, the panels will be weak.

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  2. Aug 30, 2013 #2

    7greeneyes

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    10) If you make 3 wood panels all the same size you will be able to
    screw the wood frames together making a back and two sides’ ! The front, which will have the door, takes a
    little more working out, especially as you have to add more wood to take the
    doors hinges !

    11) The roof will be made exactly the same width as the back and front panels,
    but will be made longer than the side panels; this is so it will over hang and
    allow rain to run off.

    12) I then make a flap panel; this is for ventilation in very hot
    weather and saves having to keep the door open all the time. I make this flap
    panel exactly as the other panels, the same width as the roof panel, but only
    18 inches long, this is hinged to one end of the roof panel.

    13) When the roof is hinged to the flap panel and laid flat on the
    floor, dab each and every bottle
    with silicone ( glue ) then run a thin line of silicone ( glue ) along
    the wood frame ! Now take a big enough piece of heavy duty plastic sheeting (
    polythene ) roll it up tightly and put the end of it on one end of the wood
    frame, gently roll out the plastic sheeting ( polythene ) right across the two
    panels, and when both are covered, staple the plastic sheeting ( polythene ) to
    the wood frame, now gently run over the top of the plastic sheeting ( polythene
    ) with the soft brush, this will make the silicone ( glue ) stick the plastic
    sheeting ( polythene ).

    14) ok, now let’s presume you have moved your panels to the desired
    location and have erected the two side panels and the front and back panels !
    take the two hinged roof panels and turn them over so that the plastic sheeting
    ( polythene ) is facing to the ground, with lots of helpers lift it up and sit
    it on top of the other panels, now, the amount of fall you want for your green
    house is entirely up to you, here is what I do, I make sure I have 1 foot (12
    inches ) over hang at the back, go to the front and lift the roof panel so that
    the flap panel slides upward, leaving approximately 6-8 inches overhang on the
    front panel, ( for not slot a piece of waste wood in the two ends to keep it in
    place ).

    15) Now carefully take the two roof panels away and make a simple wood
    frame from the top of the waste wood all the way to the back so it can be
    screwed to the back, fix it at the front
    with screws to the height the waste wood was, with help lift the roof panels
    back into position, remembering plastic sheeting ( polythene ) facing downwards,
    align the back over hang and fix to the simple frame work, this will trap the
    plastic sheeting ( polythene ) and will
    make it secure.

    16) Unfortunately the roof sides cannot be filled with bottles due to
    the angle and decreasing backend, so I use the heavy duty plastic sheeting (
    polythene ) and staple it to the sides, cutting away any oversize, I then cover
    that with thin strips of wood the same diameter as the woof frame, this hides
    the staples and makes a neater finish.

    17) A simple catch or sliding bolt on each side of the flap panel will
    keep it open or closed !

    18) Fixing in position You could use the method on the website I
    sent you, position your greenhouse, dig four deep holes at the corners and
    screw beams to the sides of the greenhouse, making sure at least you have 18
    inches into the ground, the fill the holes with concrete. I sat my greenhouse
    next to a wall, and I made up steel brackets that fix to the greenhouse and
    bolt to the wall, for the front bottom I drove steel bars into the earth as far
    as I could, cut to length and fixed to the sides of the greenhouse with
    overlapping brackets. We have had force 8 gales here recently and my greenhouse
    has not budged.

    I really can’t think of anything else, if you feel I have missed
    something please let me know, and ill help as much as I can.

    Enjoy your construction, I love working with the bottles and have made
    several things from them, don’t throw your bottles tops away, find a nice piece
    of flat board, paint one side with glue and stick the tops in the glue, keep
    them close together and work from the middle of the board until you reach the
    sides, get your jigsaw and cut around the edge tops, find a thin bendable 1inch
    piece of wood and go all the way around the board, glue and pin it, then before
    the glue dries, sprinkle tiny beach pebbles into the gaps, you now have a cool
    fab table top, and all ya need do is make some legs !!

    Please please take before and
    after pictures of your project, each and every step of the way take a picture,
    and let me see how you’re getting on.

    Thanks ever so much for your interest in this, and remember, get your
    children involved like I do with Luci, but most of all, you’re doing your
    little bit for the Environment!!

    Good Luck!

    Tools Required:
    Materials Required: Approx 1000, 1.5ltr Plastic Bottles!

    Electric Drill (or Battery drill)! 26 x 2x2 rough sawn timber!
    20 x 2 mar canes
    or 15mm steels!
    1 x 16mm wood Bit, 2
    Litres Wood Stain,
    1 x 4mm wood Bit, PVA
    Glue,
    Posy (+) screwdriver 85mm Wood
    screws (approx 100)!
    Stanley Knife, (new blades)! 25mm pins (approx 100)!
    Light Hammer,
    25 metre 2x half rough sawn timber,
    Set Square,
    1 x 2” paint brush,
    Wood Saw,
    3 x 75mm hinges (door)!
    Sand Paper,
    18 x 40mm screws (door)!
    Pencil, 1
    x 100 mm sliding bolt,
    Staple Gun, (Staples) 3 meters
    thick polythene sheeting,

    6 tubes Clear Silicone (gun)!
     
  3. Aug 30, 2013 #3

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    Way too much work 4me


    Would they all have to be clear?...cause my Boy can put some Mt. Dew away:D
     
  4. Aug 30, 2013 #4

    7greeneyes

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    not sure. Don't think they'd have to be all clear. I just thought it was kind of a cool find for repurposed recyclables.

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  5. Sep 1, 2013 #5

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    Very Cool project.
     
  6. Sep 21, 2013 #6

    YYZ Skinhead

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    This reminds me of the people who build buildings out of glass bottles and aluminum cans, but is a lot cooler since it is for growing POT. :cool:
     

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