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11/04/2013 at 23:29
Hi, does anyone know the best/safest way to get rid of an old, unsalvagable greenhouse? I wont be attempting it myself but no idea who to call. We moved in october but just never got round to dealing with it. I thought better still rather than it all ending up in the landfill if I could turn it into something pretty. There are broken panes and its knee-deep in leaves and too dangerous for my boys to be left unnattended while I'm pottering around the garden so atleast the glass needs to br taken out. Is it possible to keep the frame or does it have to be undone to remove the panes? Ooh and I'm new on here but have been gardening since last year Many thanks!
12/04/2013 at 00:41

Hi LeighAnne, is it an aluminium frame?  If so, the glass is held in with wire clips.  Be extremely careful though as old horticultural glass is very brittle and tends to easily break in long extremely sharp pieces when handled, so you need to be well protected all over your body.  If the frame is undamaged, it would be possible to reglaze it, perhaps with polycarbonate replacement panels as those are child-safe.  If you advertised an aluminium framed greenhouse on freecycle as "free but must be dismantled by collector and all broken glass taken away", I have no doubt it would go to a good home and you wouldn't have to pay someone to dismantlle/dispose of it for you.

Old rotten wooden greenhouses are a different matter.

12/04/2013 at 08:28
Thanks bob.t.g! Yes its aluminium and most of the panes are cracked and some large dangerous shards inside, it also has no door. The guttering from the garage its beside has fallen through it. Such a shame, Id love to have one. I can't afford to get it reglazed now, I thought about maybe putting some kind of screening around it for the childens safety but it would be a good few years til I could get it fixed so maybe offering it to someone who could give it a good home would be better. If I were to keep the frame what kind of tradesman could I ask to remove the glass?

Thanks!
12/04/2013 at 09:21

It will cost about £50 to reglaze it with strong polycarbonate.

12/04/2013 at 09:34
Hi blairs! About ??50!!!? Thats great, I was thinking 100s! Ooh I'm excited now! Maybe ill shop around for a fitter then, any recommendations? ))
12/04/2013 at 09:39

blairs i think it will cost more than £50 1 sheet of side pannel cost £7.99 here to replace it would be great if you could forward where you get it from at that price thanks.

12/04/2013 at 09:47
Thanks bob.t.g! Yes its aluminium and most of the panes are cracked and some large dangerous shards inside, it also has no door. The guttering from the garage its beside has fallen through it. Such a shame, Id love to have one. I can't afford to get it reglazed now, I thought about maybe putting some kind of screening around it for the childens safety but it would be a good few years til I could get it fixed so maybe offering it to someone who could give it a good home would be better. If I were to keep the frame what kind of tradesman could I ask to remove the glass?

Thanks!
13/04/2013 at 17:10
Thanks for all the comments I think I will get the glass removed and keep the frame for the future. I'm sure I can make it look pretty with some pots etc.
14/04/2013 at 07:14

LeighAnne I saw in one of the Gardencentres a a netted frame like a fruit net with  and it looked like a poly tunnel it was amazing as it would be childfriendly no glass.

So you could slip this over your frame.

And also make a feature of it.

I saw it in Brechin Garden Centre.

14/04/2013 at 18:51

You could always advertise it on Gumtree I am sure someone would want it for spare parts. I have also seen greenhouse glass advertised on there so you may be able to reglaze it cheaper than you think. Good luck

 

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