Author Archives: Andrea Eygenraam

Giving back to Food Banks Article

This is always worth a repost to acknowledge Hunger Week and raise awareness. Every day, thousands go hungry and need to access food banks. They need fresh, healthy food as well. Multi Shelters takes these causes seriously, and we do our best to help out where we can. If you work with a project that could use some of our support, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can see what we can do!

This was originally posted on our website Nov 30, 2015 https://multisheltersolutions.com/2015/11/30/giving-back-to-food-banks-article/

We thought we’d share with you an article we recently found on the New Brunswick Food Security website http://www.nbfoodsecurity.ca/2013/11/

Multi Shelter Solutions helps local food bank extend the season!

(Source: ACORN blog)

ACORN conferences are a fun and educational way to connect with other organic producers and consumers from across Atlantic Canada and beyond.  Stronger connections lead to stronger communities and a greater organic resilience in the region.

photo(3)Norm  Eygenraam proved this at their Greenhouse Conference last February.  Norm, the President of Multi ShelterSolutions was so impressed by theWest End Food Bank’s Garden of Hope Project he offered to donate a greenhouse to the project.  The Garden had just completed construction on a new greenhouse and so thoughtfully asked if they could pass on the generous gift to another food project in the area. Foods of the Fundy Valley, a non-profit organization dedicated to the production and consumption of local goods in Albert County, gratefully accepted the greenhouse for their garden club at theRiverside Consolidated School in Riverside-Albert.  Now that their growing season has been extended, they plan to share their bounty by cooking hot lunches for the kids, and donating any excess to the Shepody Food Bank.

We at ACORN would like to say an official and public THANK YOU!  to Norm and his generous contribution to food production in New Brunswick. Be sure to chat with Norm and the rest of our supportive Trade Show partners at the Delta Beauséjour – November 20th – 22nd.www.acornconference.org.

*edit, ACORN conference for 2015 has ended last week, but you can find us back again there next year, and at other Organic Events around Ontario as well, Eco Farmers-December, Grey Bruce Farmers day-Eco Farm day-January, Guelph-January, Eco Farm Day-January

Trade Show Season!

Sept 13-15 Outdoor Farm Show Woodstock, ON
Sept 20-24 International Plowing Match Harriston, ON
Oct 27 & 28 OSMA Convention & AGM Alliston, ON
Nov 28-30 ACORN Moncton, NB

We are pleased to be able to connect with our new and existing customers every year at a trade shows to answer questions and display some of our structures and parts we use. There’s something unique about face to face contact whenever possible. Unfortunately that also means time away from the office.

We always do our best during this busy time to keep up with all requests and deliveries in a timely manner and we sincerely appreciate your patience.

As fall comes knocking, so too will winter soon enough. This always increases demands for delivery times before any weather events. We recommend getting your order in as soon as possible to avoid any extra challenges. As always, we do our best to accommodate everyone’s needs; however, please be advised, delivery times are increased between September-December.

We look forward to helping you with your next project and answering any outstanding questions you may have.

It’s Salt Storage Season!

It’s prime time to get your salt storage structures from Multi Shelter Solutions to be delivered before the weather takes a turn! We offer many sizes to choose from, and can custom manufacture for your unique situation as well. They can be mounted on blocks, shipping containers or direct to a ground beam or with anchor posts.

CALL FOR PRICING: with tarp cover for roof & ends

Click here for more Salt Storage Info and Pricing!

 

 

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Golf Cart and Equipment Storage

photo 3Another application that our structures are being increasingly used for is golf cart storage. These shelters provide golf course superintendants with economical winter protection for the carts and other equipment. During peak season these shelters service as maintenance areas for equipment and storage for fetilizer. Multi Shelter Buildings are very versatile and the same building can be used for multiple applications. Call today to discuss your requirements and we can help you find just the right structure for your needs.
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Marinas-Need help Shrink Wrapping or Storing Boats?

We have your solution! Our structures have been used by customers such as Hastings Marine and Terry Senecal in Gananoque for large scale protection while shrink wrapping boats and storing boats and RVs. Keep the weather off you and extend the available time for working! These buildings give you the environment to do a more effective job since you won’t be affected by wind and moisture. We would love to help you find the best solution for your business

Please call for Sample Storage Shelter Pricing
including 12mil woven tarp for roof & ends sizes 16′-30′ wide any length

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and we can even do custom projects if you require like this creative one for a customer living on his boat!

George Mainguy Structure

MSS Shipping Options

Multi Shelters offers a variety of shipping options to save our customers money on their buildings. We have now shipped structures to all 10 Canadian provinces, as well as the Yukon and 10 States, including Maine, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Nevada, Connecticut, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

First and foremost, we offer shipping with our truck wherever possible. We still have enough deliveries to make to the east coast of Canada that we can save you even more money with our Multi Shelter Solutions truck!

We also have a new shipping crate that makes longer distance shipping with Manitoulin Transport more cost effective. Shipping longer distances with our new shipping crate certainly has added possibilities while maintaining quality, convenience and economy.

An added dimension is the rail service that Manitoulin Transport offers to Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. By going via rail to Winnipeg and then road to Saskatoon, a recent customer is saving $400 on his freight bill.

Did you know that in many cases the difference in the exchange rate between Canada and the U.S. pretty well covers the freight?  In most cases for the north eastern U.S. the currency exchange is about equal to the freight.  We are now looking into using our truck to deliver to some of the North East United States as well to save our customers even more!

Still made and manufactured in Palmerston, ON. Call today to find out more!

Center Pivoting Gable Vent

We wanted to remind everyone of the center pivoting gable vent that we offer as a simple solution to the challenges of venting a building. For venting to be effective, it has to be as high as possible. This is a cost effective alternative to costly roof vents.

Part of the window swings in and part of it goes out. Because of this, rain is never an issue and the window is easy to control even in extreme winds. Incoming air is always deflected up to mix with the warmest air. The tubular steel construction makes it both lightweight and resist twisting over time.

A continuous rope goes from the top of the window to a pulley at the ridge, down to ground level and back up to another pulley and then to the bottom of the window. By tying the rope off to an eye bolt on a gable post, this allows for very simple control from ground level.

Please don’t hesitate to call us for more details or with any questions you have about this option for your building!

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Plan Now and Enjoy the Nice Weather!

While we are enjoying the nice weather of the summer, it’s always a great time to be thinking of your late summer and fall projects. Often we hear people rueful that they were not able to get their structure up before snowfall since winter always sneaks up. What better time to plan for those projects than now!

We have many wonderful weather days for installing, rather than having to settle with a less than ideal day to put the building up and especially fasten the cover down. Friends and neighbours would likely be more willing to help as well.

These buildings are great for storing the hay and other equipment for your farm. They can cover your swimming pool to extend your season into late fall/early winter. Park your RV, boat or other fun summer toys over the winter to keep them protected. Plan for a garage so this will be the year you don’t need to brush snow off your vehicle. There are so many great uses, call us today to discuss your project requirements and out there ideas!

The International Plowing Match is on our doorstep this year in Harriston and the fall will certainly be a busy time here at Multi Shelters. We would love to help you with your 2016 project, and we hope to hear from you soon!

Solar Powered Inflator Fan Update & Alternative

We have been continuing to get many inquiries about solar powering the inflator fan for greenhouses and livestock buildings, which is used to put air between two layers of plastic roof cover. For the last year we have been experimenting with a solar collecting package to determine what is required, while we work to keep our interested customers updated along the way.

The first thing that must be emphasized, is that you MUST use a squirrel cage type of fan and not a propeller type. The propeller type can not continuously run against back pressure.

The output required will be determined by the size of the greenhouse or livestock building. Our regular 110 volt fan draws .25 amp and puts out 80 cfm. Some small buildings can use a smaller fan and some of the bigger ones require our double output fan which gives 130 cfm.

Our inflator fan works quite well going through an invertor. Any 12 or 24 volt fans which we have tried have been extremely noisy and therefore not feasible.

The biggest challenge which we encountered, is that the specific time the fan is needed the most for heat insulation, is also the time where there is the least capacity for generating power.

We used a single solar collector and a single battery and there was simply not a quick enough capacity for the battery to hold charge when we had several consecutive cloudy days in December/January

To add another solar collector to an already fairly expensive package, really becomes prohibitive and can deter from moving forward with it.

Based on this experience, we wanted to offer an alternative that balanced economy with feasibility. We have come up with a way where the extra roof plastic can be used on the inside of the structure.

This means that you would not need the inflator fan but still have the effect of double plastic with the air pocket for better heat efficiency. This system does require a bit of extra “fiddling” but the net cost will be a little less.

1. The structure is covered with a single layer of plastic just the same as you would if you were only doing a single layer.
2. Take the second piece of plastic inside the greenhouse and fold it double lengthwise.
3. This double plastic will be attached to the underside of the ridge using the same aluminum as you would use to fasten the plastic to the roll up pipe.
4. Next remove the purlins from the one side of the structure and after you have pushed over the plastic, reinstall the purlins under the plastic. You will be pushing the bolts through the plastic.
5. The plastic will be fastened with wirelock to the underside of the end hoops.

We have already had some customers try this out and are very happy with the result. Please call us with any questions or to discuss your specific application and situation where you might use this. We would be happy to help you with your project!

Roll up Sides Q&A *revised*

We have had many questions recently about our roll up sides so we made some tutorial videos. Please enjoy and let us know any comments you may have. You can also watch them all on our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBUPJhbi2DLs0UYSo0FRwwi0pMo51PV80

As always, we are available for any questions that come up, so feel free to email multisheltersales@gmail.com or call our office 1-866-838-6729 Thanks!

*edit* we apologize the links on the last post didn’t work, they have been fixed