New greenhouse!

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New greenhouse!
« on: June 20, 2024, 12:15 »

Very new to all this growing malarkey and looking forward to getting stuck in. I've managed to grab a greenhouse off FB marketplace. It's in reasonable fettle but needs some tidying up and spare parts. I have some questions if I may..

1. Mounting the frame. I plan to put down some concrete block and secure the base directly to the block with Tapcon screws (and SS washers). Any issues with that? I see some folk put a wood layer on top of the block... is there a reason for that or am I good with my Tapcon plan?

2. When I dismantled the greenhouse, most of the rubber sealing broke. It's become very brittle and I'd look to put new in. I've attached a cross-section photo of it - I can't find like for like replacement. It slides into a groove on the aluminium structure. Any ideas where I can get a roll of replacement sealant?

3. Should I paint the aluminium frame? Aesthetically it'll look better but I've read painting aluminium is a pain requiring treatments. If someone can recommend a direct one-or-two coat paint if such a thing exists? If it's a faff, I'm not going to bother.

I'm sure I'll have more questions as my build progresses...

cheers, e



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Re: New greenhouse!
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2024, 18:38 »
Welcome to the site and congrats on your new greenhouse!

On Q3, I wouldn't bother. Once you've got it back together again, you're not going to want to dismantle it for painting maintenance. I'd just leave it looking all the same aluminium colour, without the risk of later peeling etc.
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