Below is a list of the tools you''ll need to build a geo-dome kit, most people may already have most of these tools in the garage, if you don''t have all the tools listed below I would recommend buying them as it will make your life much easier.
A good quality cordless drill/screw driver is essential, a selection of drills and screwdriver bits is also needed. There are around 800 screws to put into an average sized dome so a hand screwdriver isn''t an option.
C clamp pliers are another essential piece of kit, you''ll need at least 3 large pairs, 6 if you can get hold of them. These are used to nip the frames together when you''re building the dome. Very handy for holding the frames before you put screws in.
When covering with polythene a good quality staple gun is used to tack the polythene to the dome frames, I would recommend an electric or even air powered stapler as they tend to be better quality than the hand operated ones.
Stretching polythene over the dome framework is both time consuming and tricky if you try to do it without canvas pliers, they make a better job of stretching the polythene film and prevent aching hands and wrists.
A stanely knife is used to cut the polythene sheets to fit over the dome frames and trim off the excess when you have covered the frames.
When you''ve assembled the dome frames and covered them, a bead of silicone sealant is piped around all the frames to weather-seal the dome.
You may need a few more bits and pieces like: a small hammer for knocking in any staples that are left protruding, sandpaper and maybe a small chisel for fitting the door but if you have the tools above you''re pretty much ready to go.
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Hello, I understand that silicone caulk will not stick to polyethylene sheeting. Is there a special caulk that will successfully seal together the dome panels to make them waterproof? Thanks for your time.
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