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10/10/2012 at 19:02

Hi All

We have just moved in to a new house and there is an old greenhouse which I want to dismantle, clean-up and move to a nicer spot at the top of my garden where we are going to grow veg and fruit.

Judging by the state of disrepair the house was in I would say it is probably 20 year old and is a full size greenhouse with sliding door and temperature-controlled pressure opening window.

Has anybody ever taken one of these to bits and if so which sides do I take off first? have you any tips to ensure I don't ruin any panes? Would a jet washer get the old moss off?

If you can give me any tips that would be great, thanks in advance!

Also if necessary I can upload some pics of it here tomorrow.

10/10/2012 at 20:43

I've moved greenhouses three of four times in recent years so what's your problem? The first thing I would do is to make sure your new site is well and ready. Because of the low head room in my present greenhouse, and made shallow foundations and a rectangle of breeze blocks which raised the head room by 12". I then laid concrete on the floor. I presume you have an aluminium greenhouse; you didn't say. To clean the glass sponge over the glass with something like Jeyes Fluid then jet wash off or use a watering can. Much of the glass in my inherited greenhouse was smashed so I marked the survivors using a Chinagraph pencil so they would at least have a chance at going back in the same way. Remove glass and safely stack. Using something like a 10mm open ended spanner undo the connexting nuts and bolts one at a time. Being mad of aluminium, some will snap but never mind, they are cheap enough to buy packs of them. Move the empty greenhouse 'walls' to the new site and set down on a narrow bed of sealant. If laying on concrete or blocks, drill, Rawlplug and screw the walls down. Measure the diagonals to ensure it's square. Insert glass and use new W-clips. That's about it. I used old pieces of glass I found or were given to me but old glass is dreadful to cut accurately and is almost false economy. I made staging from 2"x1" and it's done pretty well over the last fifteen years but does now need a little work. When I fitted my glass I used long 'worms' of special putty-like stuff under the glass plus the clips but I now think this was not necessary.

10/10/2012 at 22:01

Hi There

Yes greenhouse is aluminium, the area I am moving it to is already paved over and no weeds are getting through so it should be ok to just move over but I like the idea of raising it up a bit for extra height.

I was mainly wondering the best way to go about dismantling it, ie take door off first then could the 4 sides be taken off to be moved without dismantling every single pane of glass?

Thanks for the advice anyway.

11/10/2012 at 00:37

If the sections can be moved without taking out the glass it will be so much quicker and easier and you are less likely to break the glass.

We have moved our wooden Alton 5 times and I should think the principle is the same.

Door first.  Then roof sections. Then sides.  Then ends. Have lengths of wood available to brace the bits when you remove sections.  Two people make it simple. Do not do it when the wind is blowing.  Do not leave it incomplete overnight. If the nuts and bolts are difficult to undo, apply oil to them and leave overnight for them to loosen.  Make sure you have plenty of new bolts, clips, etc before you start, so you don't have to go and get some more mid-construction

It is far easier to wash the glass at ground level, especially the inside of the roof sections.

When you reconstruct make sure everything is square.  Start by putting the end opposite the door in place and brace it firmly.  Then off you go.

In my experience it is inevitable you will hear the tinkle of broken glass. But with luck it will only be one sheet.

11/10/2012 at 07:21
Welshonion wrote (see)

If the sections can be moved without taking out the glass it will be so much quicker and easier and you are less likely to break the glass.

We have moved our wooden Alton 5 times and I should think the principle is the same.

Door first.  Then roof sections. Then sides.  Then ends. Have lengths of wood available to brace the bits when you remove sections.  Two people make it simple. Do not do it when the wind is blowing.  Do not leave it incomplete overnight. If the nuts and bolts are difficult to undo, apply oil to them and leave overnight for them to loosen.  Make sure you have plenty of new bolts, clips, etc before you start, so you don't have to go and get some more mid-construction

It is far easier to wash the glass at ground level, especially the inside of the roof sections.

When you reconstruct make sure everything is square.  Start by putting the end opposite the door in place and brace it firmly.  Then off you go.

In my experience it is inevitable you will hear the tinkle of broken glass. But with luck it will only be one sheet.

Wonderful that is what I was wanting to know, thanks very much, I won't be doing it for a week or so until my dad is back home from the rigs but I will try and let you know how it goes!

 

11/10/2012 at 10:22

Quick addition, take photos of the way it is put together before you start dismantling it, Makes it easier to remember.

Have to say that the last time we moved a small aluminium greenhouse, once the glass was out and it was detached from the base, 4 of us carried the whole thing to its new site without any dismantling at all.

11/10/2012 at 11:01

Having moved greenhouses before the only thing I'd add to the above comments is make sure your new site is nice and level, other wise you'll  find getting the panes of glass back in  pretty tricky. I replaced all clips with new as the old ones once off were too far gone to try to salvage. 

11/10/2012 at 11:45

We loved ours 30 miles from its first home to our garden so took photos, marked the structure and dismantled it completely.   Had to replace 3 panes of glass in the end.

Last autumn we moved it again to a sunnier site and that time we just took out the glass and moved the frame and roof pieces as whole panels without unscrewing them all.   We made sure we had a level site ready for it and some replacement clips for the panes and it all went very smoothly.

12/10/2012 at 13:25

obelix that is what we did.. just took glass out and move the whole frame work.. got some mates round.. did bar-b-que for them and got concrete base down by 10am first day and moved frame following day.. didnt put glass in until net weekend thou as had to clean it all and get new clips for it.. and let the case go right off because of the weight.

12/10/2012 at 13:26

sorry let the base go right off..

28/11/2014 at 01:48

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28/11/2014 at 02:11

LOL

I got a free 2nd hand greenhouse from Freecycle then had a fun time putting it back together because I didn't mark the bits.  I'm certain it hasn't gone together in the same way as it was, but to be fair I don't think the last person put it together how it was meant to be either   Hadn't tackled one before, arrived to collect it when the light was going.  It's a 6'x8', it was in 2 halves, and I was going to get it into or onto a Ford Focus (don't laugh, alright do laugh!)  Fiddly those nuts & bolts in the dark.  Used my car headlights - big mistake.  Still while the AA were arriving to restart me I got a bit more of it undone...anyway got it all home in 2 trips, then began the jigsaw puzzle.  Convinced there are either a) bits missing or b) bits from more than one greenhouse.  It's been an experience 

28/11/2014 at 07:45

Shame the AA don't mend greenhouses

08/12/2014 at 00:44
Good comment Dove.
Skipping my forum friends comments. Todays mobile phone can be such an asset. Most have camera facilities. I suggest. Take some pics end view, side view etc. Then remove the glass or glazing material. Then in the case of a wood framed greenhouse the rest is simple. Usually two roof sections. Then a blank end. Two sides and the door end. For aluminium types it become a bit more complicated, unless you can transport large sections. Remove the glazing material. and mark. Then remove each glazing bar and side rails. Tape this bundle together. The do much the same with the ends and finally the sides. Then on the new site, reverse.
08/12/2014 at 11:46

You don't say quite how big your GH is or how far you intend to move it but with the glass removed and safely stored the two of you could probably lift and move the aluminium frame complete, they are surprisingly light. If you can enlist the help of a couple of volunteers it will make it easier. My wife & I moved a 6 x 8 model about 10 feet like that a while ago. Tape the door shut if you don't remove it though, because it's really annoying if it slides about as you walk.

I'm not sure about using a jet washer to clean the glass although they use them on cars etc with no ill effect. I can only suggest trying one pane to see how it stands up.

08/12/2014 at 11:57

I think the job may be complete by now the original post was made in 2012

08/12/2014 at 13:00

Wonder how it went?

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