Bending Metal Conduit for Green Houses and Inflatable Green House Walls

 

I was over at a friends house a while back checking out his green house and he gave me a good idea. I had always planned to use metal tubing for the greenhouse frame (electrical conduit or chain link fencing top rail) Conduit is cheap and strong I use it for trellises already. Anyway The roof on his green house is inflated  sort of like those bouncy houses for kids.  Which offers more strength and better insulation.  So I did a little research because I had seen some inflated forms that people used to make concrete domes that were similar and I thought why not do the same with a green house for better insulation any way I found you can seal up seems or weld greenhouse plastic together with an Iron and some wax paper or soldering iron.
My Friends roof has to have constant pressure with a pump like a bouncy house but I thought why not have a sealed section with a valve so you can inflate it like an air bed and it stays inflated and maybe have to add a lttle air once and a while but no constant pressure needed.  So I plan to experiment with this and will let you know how it works out.
Anyway here is a video of how to bend metal tubing:

And here is a site with more info and videos on how to bend the tubing. They also bend a peak into the tubing to make a parabolic or catanary arch which is stronger and sheds snow better. (One of these days I am going to build a concrete house this shape) 😉

http://goingtoseed.wordpress.com/2010/10/16/building-a-caterpillar-tunnel/

Here is a site on making inflatable bladders of course this is just a small one but could translate to green house size: http://www.rusticgirls.com/how-to/inflatable-bladder/
Here are some more links on variations of welding plastic and making various forms out of it:http://www.instructables.com/id/Welding-plastic-bags/
http://www.ehow.com/way_6557589_diy-plastic-polyethylene-welding.html
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