Five minutes reading this might save hours of frustration putting your greenhouse back together.
Tips from my own experience putting a second hand greenhouse back together.
Offer to dismantle the greenhouse yourself, because unless you are a puzzle geek, you will
not have a clue how to put it back together.
Take some photographs before taking the greenhouse down, these will help you when you
Take an indelible marker and mark major pieces "Front Left Corner" etc
Take WD40 to help with stuck nuts and bolts, a metal hacksaw for solidly rusted parts,
Spanners and pliers, some good gloves, handling glass with bare hands is dodgy.
Before re-assembling the greenhouse, buy nuts and bolts, "W" glazing clips. I used 200 on a 8
foot by 6 foot greenhouse, dropping most of them when they sprung back out as I was fitting the greenhouse glass.
Take great care handling glass. Glass weakens with
age and hairline cracks can cause a pane to break when you least expect.
You have purchased or maybe dismantled and collected a free secondhand greenhouse advertised
on this website, the fun starts now, putting it back
together. These assembly tips may help
Fitting a greenhouse
need a clear site, not under a tree or shaded by a
hedge or fence, with enough room to get all the way around the greenhouse, your base, which can be wood, concrete or brick needs to be the right size, stable, square and level. Check the
level with a spirit level. if you have a straight piece of wood long enough, check the diagonals are level as well.
Now the fun begins, sort out the Components for the Greenhouse and try to
decide what goes where. If you are dismantling a second hand greenhouse,check all the bits are there and take photographs, they will be very useful later.I got half way through erecting mine
and discovered a main strut was missing.
You will find that many of the nuts and bolts are missing or unusable. Greenhouse nuts and bolts are easy to find in the local DIY. It is best to buy spares before you start.
Erecting a Greenhouse,
especially a large greenhouse, it is a two-person job and is best constructed in one day. Greenhouse frames are flimsy things and a half finished frame could be
damaged by the wind blowing it apart and twisting the greenhouse frame.
Glazing the Greenhouse,
Having finally got the frame up, fitting the glass, is the next job. Start from the top, its easier, without the glass in the frame below you.
This is where you discover you are short of glazing clips, its a good idea to buy a couple of packets, before you start.
You will also need buy the glass or plastic to replace those that were already broken or missing when you dismantled the greenhouse. (glass does not
I started out on a trip from Bristol, where I collected my free greenhouse, with all the glass intact, only to find on arrival, most of the glass had
shattered. Lesson learnt ?, Wrap the greenhouse glass in newspaper and
stack it securely.
Anyway having learnt the hard way I thought I would pass my experience assembling my secondhand greenhouse on to you