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On Dec 2, 2004,

>Inner city and or convertible is tricky. Why not call so we could
>On Jan 4, 2005,
>>sir, i am interested in emergency shelter. i know what first comes
>>to mine is the disaster in the india ocean area and this could be
>>used there too. what i am after though is a smaller one than your
>>site mentioned( the 5.4).  what i am looking for would be about
>>half that size or smaller. any where from 1 or 2 persons most
>>likely cold weather convertible, up to 8-10 persons for a more
>>family size use.  these are for what would be used in inter-city
>>homeless or such disaster as we had in florida this past year. if
>>you wish you can send info on line here or hard copy to;
>>thanks,robby plunkett

 I agree with you that this is an important problem. I wonder if a shelter was developed if it would be allowed by the larger community to be used in developed areas? Would the shelter need to be taken down and moved each day or could it be set up and left up?

On Jan 5, 2005

mr. gillis,  the term convertible was meant as easily converted from hot and cold weather. as for the inner city,,,that is a tough one no doubt. i would suggest making it as attractive as possible. to blend it into the surroundings. i don’t live in a metroplex area but i use to. dallas as many cities has a shelter for the homeless problem. they stated they have a minimum of 6,000 homeless and can at the max house 1,800. they have already had 2 freeze to death. stats show about 70% of the homeless are military veterans. i’m sure that some just couldn’t cope with the transition back to the real world and just about every other reason under the sun. when this first came to mine was many year ago, i think during the nixon years. across the street from the white house a veteran froze to death on a park bench. it wasn’t just a regular joe but a metal of honor recipient. i guess he was at the only place he felt comfortable or perhaps he was still guarding our presidents home in his own mine.

as you may well know to shelter a person it will take less money to feed and care for them. some may choose to live on the streets and after my disillusion of life i can understand.  there are those that have no choice. they have lost their jobs thus loosing the home,automobile and all their possessions. many of these are whole families. it was for this reason that i chose the sizes i asked about. i believe that all these people still deserve dignity. the loners won’t go to shelter usually because of the rules and in some case it still cost $5. to $7. a night. personally i thought that all these were free shelters, apparently not. the loner still would not be willing to share a large tent/yurt/shelter with a family or many other individuals. the family probably wouldn’t want to share a shelter with an individual thus the need for a shelter for 1 or 2.

the light is still on the major disasters but we do have a great need still here at home. we have hungry and homeless with no answers to this need, what do we do?? if they were prisoners they would have rights. if they were immigrates they would have rights. if they were in a natural disaster they could receive aid, but just to be out on the streets and to be u.s. citizens there is no help to those that need it most. we, the u.s., will go around the world to help others in need but not feed or shelter our own, that’s a disaster itself. i have taken it upon myself to see what can be done for shelter, here at home first and then the world needs. the shelter must be as light as possible for the mobile individual and family needs and it must be able to withstand extremes in weather. this would accomplish a minimum of space and weight for quick transport for air lift and /or air drops.

i could be next on the homeless list,who really knows. i have been unemployed for 4 yrs and we live on my wife’s small check. i do odd jobs when available. thanks for you attention to this, i feel it is very important for our nation to take care of this problem.


On Dec 2, 2004,


I am considering purchasing a Gro-Dome greenhouse as a gift. I have several questions, most of which have been answered on your website but for which I would like more details.

Here are my questions:

1. Why is a 14′ or 20′ Gro-Dome easier to put up than the 18′ model?

The stiffness of the poles.

Somewhere on your site you mentioned that the 18′ required more manpower and skill.

It only requires bit more strength and or coordenation (one person bending the poles and the other inserting the pole end into the connector.)

We’re avid campers so we know our way around a dome, but it would be nice to be able to do this ourselves without asking for help.

You can. Work together the first time. Wear gloves. No one has failed to get the 18 up. It is just stiffer.

2. We would put up the greenhouse every May and take it down every October. Will repeated put up/take down action and use of the grip-clips stress the fabric?

No. You should be able to put it up and take it down for the sun life of the covering (which should last approximately 6 + years.

3. If plants grow close to the sides of the fabric, will the leaves/moisture/dirt/Agrene be likely to damage the fabric?

No. Not at all.

Do we need to keep the plants from touching the sides?


4. Our backyard (where the greenhouse would go) is sloped slightly. We have lots of trees in the back yard, and we live in the city, so wind would be a minimal problem, but I am not convinced that mere stakes will be enough to steady the Gro-Dome; in addition, pitching it on a slope will look trashy (hello, nice neighbors!). I picture us having to level the ground under the Gro-Dome, then build some kind of frame to attach it to. What do you suggest?

I think you will be surprised how well it sheds and holds wind. But you could also set guy-lines. If you do set guy-lines use the Online Manual: