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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:24 pm    Post subject: where to start with plastic of polytunnel Reply with quote

Hi there, Question

My plastic arrived and I am waiting for a windless day to put up my tunnel, all the groundwork is done, trenches dug, frame in place,

I don't remember so well anymore where to start putting on the plastic, do i start from the middle, or at one of the corners?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's two ways of putting the plastic on, either way you'll need at least two people to help you.
First way is to unroll the sheet along the ground at one side of the frame, then pull it up over the hoops aided by step ladders, soft brooms, etc.,
Second way, put roll of plastic on a bar on trestles at one end of frame, then pull it along over centre top of hoops, then it will unfold from centre outwards and down.
After tensioning end to end between door frames, start burying edges from middle, alternating each side, out to ends.
Try getting a copy of Bernard Salt's book, Gardening Under Plastic; it has good clear instructions; my own tunnel came from Allens of Allenbridge, Cork (second-hand) and they kindly faxed me their instructions 029 60000.
Best of Luck, and Good Gardening!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks geo, i got the plastic up and it look quite alright, i had help and it was done in 2 hours, waiting now for the first storm to see if it will hold, fingers crossed!
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a lot of difficulty with excess plastic on the corners of the polytunnel.
Anyone have similar problems?
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Green fingers wrote:
I had a lot of difficulty with excess plastic on the corners of the polytunnel.
Anyone have similar problems?


Yep, me to. Just have to keep at it till it looks ok.
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. Did u bury it, cut it r wrap it r all 3?
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