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Project by Reddirtboy74 posted 08-01-2014 06:53 AM 2283 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Wholesaler in my home town had building materials on sale and I was able to buy clear polycarbonate panels for about $4 per 12’ sheet and ballusters for $.25. I had been toying with the idea of building a greenhouse off the back of my cabin, so I figured might as well. My kitchen window opens up into it and my clothes dryer vents into it (not sure if that’s good or bad). I made the floor from an old deck I tore down. Guess I’ll see when the weather cools off how well it’s gonna work. Hot as blazes in there now though.

-- Brett, Oklahoma Reddirtboy74,

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#1 posted 08-01-2014 09:49 AM

Looks good.
The clothes dryer venting into it will warm it as well, good use of reycled heat !!
Just keep an eye on moisture content for the plants later.

I wonder what the buy price for a shop one would be?

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 08-01-2014 12:26 PM

Won’t the clothes dryer vent fill the green house with lint dust?

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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#3 posted 08-01-2014 12:42 PM

I would think humid warm air would be great for the plants in the cooler seasons – maybe you can add a piece of duct to redirect it out in the summer. A vent you can open and close would help with the excess heat.

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#4 posted 08-01-2014 02:17 PM

Nice work and very practical.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 08-01-2014 03:14 PM

Great job

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#6 posted 08-02-2014 05:41 AM

Electric dryer gases are fine, I’d be worried about CO gases with natural gas dryers. I saw the other day that Home Depot sells ivent kits that vent in the interior.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 08-02-2014 12:56 PM

I have a vent with a trap door you flip up to redirect the heat into the laundry room. Only open it at the end of the cycle or your walls and ceiling will be dripping.

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#8 posted 08-02-2014 06:31 PM

Thanks for all the tips and advice guys. I am working on a way to redirect heat when I need too. Already have a trap for lint that seems to work pretty well.

-- Brett, Oklahoma Reddirtboy74,

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#9 posted 02-11-2015 02:25 AM

Hi,This could also be used as a solar kiln to dry “Green” wood for your projects just add a fan to circulate the air!, great project!!

-- My Woodwork Is Like My Wife's Back! - Always Full Of Knots But By The Time I'm Finished It's Smooth As Silk!!!

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