Just wanted to send you pictures of my wonderful ( and early ) lettuce plants protected in our garden's first ever hoop houses. The hardware your business produces worked flawlessly. Thanks for the high quality, US produced components.
Dear Hoop Benders;
Just wanted to pass along my congratulations on the creation and success of your wonderful product, the DY-12 Hoop Bender. I just recently received one that my Sister and Brother-in-Law had ordered. They are in the process of replacing a PVC hoop house that didn’t survive the harsh winter we have experienced.
I had run across your web site while searching for alternative methods of construction and was quite pleased with what I saw. I passed along the information and they subsequently ordered a bender.
Over this last weekend I set up my bending table and purchased a couple of pieces of tubing ( 18 ga. 1 3/8” top rail) for a trial. After some fine tuning I was able to make the bends quite easily and when I had a question I called and spoke with a gentleman who was most helpful. He gave me confidence that the hoops I was going to produce would work very well. We had spoken of an issue with the width of the hoops vs the width of the base structure. He had suggested fabricating a different style of wood deck mount that he could provide when we order. After some trial fitting in the shop I have found that those won’t be required and your standard round base wood deck mount will work just fine. I really appreciate his suggestions and offer to accommodate something other than your standard part. His suggestion of this without making it seem like a major deal was quite refreshing and totally unexpected.
We will be ordering a number of parts, (base mounts, purlin clamps, band clamps and snap clamps), sometime in the very near future as they want to get this back up and running so it’s ready as soon as the weather breaks.
I am sure that you have invested considerable time along with much trial and error in the development of these benders. You can be proud of the product you have created. The quality and ease of use is exceptional. Once I had the table and fixtures dialed in, I could bend a section ( ½ of a hoop), start to finish in just over 1:00 minute. That my friends is a result of using something that works! Many times things that are listed as DIY are that, if and only if you have past experience with the item and have invested considerable time/materials for a learning curve. Not necessary with your benders.
I have attached some photos of my table and the fixtures I created to ensure that the tubing stays flat during bending. Each fixture corresponds to the stop point of the advancement of the tubing for each pull. I only have to mark the center of the just completed bend prior to advancing the tube for the last finishing bend. I think I will be saving the layout of this table as I am sure I will receive some requests for hoops.
Thank you again for producing such an excellent and useful product. I will have no problem with recommending these benders to anyone and will.
On May 20, 2015 7:26 PM, "Sven Powers"
We built this using the C-24. Worked great! 24'x80' and 25' tall in the center (the floor of the greenhouse is cut 4' into the ground)
I will send you completed pictures in the next couple weeks, we are connecting a smaller house, at a right angle, on the left side where it's open.
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 3:33 PM
To:Hoop Benders Shopping Cart
Hi Loy And Carol, here are some pics of the greenhouse, last year we had 5 feet of water running straight through it with the flooding,
this year just getting ready to put some plants out , and bam another snow storm, its march 25/21015, iam in southeast saskatchewan
the outside temp is -10c or around 15 f, inside temp 30 c love the greenhouse and cant belive how strong it is, mine is 12x24, i had myself and a friend hang from the center beam, over 500lbs and no sag , keep up the great work , and thanks for helping the little guys
On Dec 1, 2014, at 7:04 PM
I purchased you 24' bender several months ago ....great product and the instructions were very helpful ........
I thought you might like to see the results........Thanks so much for your product , I'd have never been able to
have a greenhouse this size without it .
All the best to you and yours
Sept. 8th 2014
It is rare for a product to exceed expectations; the New Gothic Hoop House was the best gardening investment I made in 2014. It has held strong in spite of whipping mountain winds - up to 50mph - and heavy spring snow storms - up to 24". Thank you Carol and Loy and everyone at Lost Creek Greenhouse Systems.
See My Two Photos Below
Christopher Seck, Cotopaxi Co.
From: Barbara Dyskant
Hinsdale, NY (approx 60 miles south of Buffalo)
Dear Carol and Loy:
Imagine my surprise and wonder when yesterday, January 13 2014, in the midst of this severe northeastern winter with temperatures plummeting to minus-22 degrees plus high winds, I peeked into my 4-foot-wide 20-foot low hoop house after a 4-week absence and found my greens were still alive and thriving! I enjoyed a delicious harvest of sweet lettuce and kale and a dinner of gratefulness.
I built the set of 3 20-foot-long hoop houses (really 10-foot hoophouses tied together) and a narrower perpendicular hoop house with 10-foot 1/2 inch conduit, bent with the Hoophouse Bender tool, covered it with 12-feet-wide row cover (equivalent to AG- 19), and covered that with 12-foot-wide 4mm greenhouse plastic, clamped it with the poly clamps, experimented with staking etc.
My husband and I are thrilled, especially as this is my first try at this. I also got confidence to bend and install hoops by myself after watching Carol's video.
I so much appreciate you, and extend hopes that you, and the world-wide community of home-gardeners, continue to prosper. Happy New Year.
Hinsdale, NY (approx 60 miles south of Buffalo)
Following Four Photos Provided By Barbara Dyskant
Loy, We talked the other day. Decided to go ahead and start work on my raised garden hoops first and am going to just play with the 20' bender so I'll probably be calling with questions on the larger greenhouse later. My wife says I can't have more budget money for the big one till she see's the smaller hoophouses completed :) LOL - she knows my procrastinating ways all too well :)
Looking forward to building some things. You are a great educator :)
Peace, - david
The following photos and comment from one of our customers in upper Michigan are a prime example of our hoop house design ( a 20’x60’) built with our benders and the customers use of frost blanket protection inside the greenhouse to sucessfully produce food months before outdoor planting can even begin.
We rediscovered your Lost Creek site yesterday, after talking about hoop house demonstrations for 2014 at our local farmers market here in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Carol in the videos say, "I can do this!" to homeowners. Great!
It was a reminder to send in these photos from last winter (project using your bender). Our 20 X 60 hoop allowed us to plant in March and avoid a very nasty cold spring. We had produce at our farmers market just when people were preparing their gardens for planting. Last frost date is the first of June around here. No one believed it was our own produce so we may have to do a video ourselves next year.
The new connectors are a great find. We want to build a mid tunnel at least 10' wide that moves. Already we can see how one would go together quickly and be used next year without reinventing the wheel.
Just wanted to let you guys know how brilliant your benders are. I am enjoying the dy12 and the A-frame bender. Seems like such a basic concept and you guys really toned the process. Thanks again and here are a few pics of my latest experiments.
Happy New Year and I hope for your continued success.
From Doug Elam
I have all your bigger benders, but I just had to tell you there Tex, when I stuck those 4, four foot row cover tubes into the ground to protect my bell peppers, so they will live long enough to turn red and go to seed, I just had to do a little Irish jig right there in my garden! Once again, you have come through for me! I am seriously impressed. Thank you. I am enclosing a few pictures, namely, the eraser screwed to a board, I use as a gauge for the 16 inches, so I don't have to mark each one. It makes it really fast. They don't call me Speedy for nuthin!!!! See Photos Below
Hey Loy, I got my bender today and wanted to say it is cool. I went out and got some pipe to test it out and to my surprise it was exactly what I hoped for. I am not use to buying products on the net and being happy. I am sure I will do more business with you in the future. Thanks so much, Rich
I just wanted to touch base with you. Thanks so much for your fast shipping on my bender.
Herb I bought another one last year and now have two of the same. I have studied your video's and red and researched and reread all the information I could get my eyes on. I'm so impressed with the first results. I'm building a 16 x 24 and the first hoop is completed. Your exactly right it looks very professional.
You have done a wonderful job with the information needed to build a hoop greenhouse. For many years I thought a greenhouse would be way out of my price range until I saw your bender on ebay. Now my dream of 30+ years is becoming a reality.
Thanks so very much for all you've done to make my dream happen. Just for the fun of it I'll send a picture of it when it's completed.
Just wanted to say thanks for developing the DY-20 bender and show ya'll some pics (you may use if you like),
the greenhouse is a 32x20x12 floor is heated with radiant heat pex loops and propane gas water heater and wood furnace for boilers.
a utility building 12x16 is attached on the back (north side) not seen in the pictures, to house the supplies and pumps
,furnace. We get lots of positive feedback on this greenhouse and we really enjoy it..
*one mental note ( before I run out of paper (lol) Always build much bigger than ya plan, cause there is never enough room once ya get started..
Vic & Karan Farrell
Purchased our F-20 Quick Hoop Bender
Package arrived today. I think it actually took longer to unpack it than to assemble it, didn't even need the instructions!! Color coding pretty much leaves no questions as to how to put the unit together. Total time from Fedex drop off to bending first tube....under 30 min. Great product, I would recommend it to others but I don't want the competition!!!
Thanks Tim Donk Milan Indiana
We ordered your 10' bender to build our mobile chicken Coop. We call it the Coopastoga. The hoop bender worked great and bending the hoops was the easiest part of the project. We will definitely be ordering a larger bender for future projects. The instructions were clear and easy to follow.
Friends, I just ordered one of your DY-10 Hoop Benders and wanted to take a minute and say how lucky can I get to find good folks like you.
I raise worms for compost and teas to revive the soils of local gardeners and have developed field sprays for various crops. I live in Washington State.
Im expanding and need a new home for the worms and a lab/greenhouse to further my work. I envisioned a quonset hut, well in less than an hour I clicked from Mr. Schwan's Frugal living to Eliot an Barbara's Four Seasons Farm to your wonderful Lost Creek. What a great learning experience I thank- you sincerely !! I also dropped into your hoopbenders site, which I'll be coming back to later to pick up some poly. I see a bunch of possibilities ahead. You'll be hearing from me again.
It's going to be a pleasure doing business with you,
Thank-you jamas vonrockmann
Purchased our "Drill Your Own Water Well" Ebook
To be honest, I was expecting little more than an illustrated pamphlet, but this is quite well (did I really say that) done.
I've been racking my brain over a bailer, compared to the old metal flap bailers yours is ingenious.
The detailed descriptions of how to complete the plug are PRICELESS.
I haven't even started digging, but I can already tell, if my own time is worth even $1/hr, the download will pay for itself on day 1.
(feel free to use any or all of the above as a customer testimonial from a structural engineer from Michigan)
I'll let you know how well (i did it again) it goes.