Kit-built Polytunnel

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Re: Kit-built Polytunnel

Post: # 210685Post organicsi »

Bad luck! Hope you have better luck with a new cover.

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Re: Kit-built Polytunnel

Post: # 210748Post wulf »

I think zips are often a problem on that kind of set up. The problem is that you have the cover stretched tight and the zips end up taking the strain.

Do you think you can move the poles so the cover will be a bit looser? If not, perhaps you could build a door frame and have a separate door to get round that problem with the design.

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Post: # 210873Post Tru&Ad »

I shall have a play with new cover that's being sent FOC wulf. Maybe a little more time taken next time will stop this problem happening again.
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Re: Kit-built Polytunnel

Post: # 211145Post Denzle »

Tru&Ad wrote:Have just ordered one from feelgooduk.net It's a lot cheaper than firstunnels but if it last a couple of seasons then it'll pay for itself

A couple of seasons...You must be joking. Mine never lasted a couple of weeks. :shock:

I went to the trouble of securing a wooden bed to the soil for it to sit on, then drilled and secured the frame to this in the thought it would make it stronger. How wrong I was. :?

A couple of weeks went past the a moderate wind bent the whole lot over cracking the plastic joiners and wrecked the whole lot.

I then bought a 15`footer from First Tunnels. No more problems. :iconbiggrin:

The old saying goes......You get what you pay for.... What a waste of money that was. :banghead:

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Hi Denzle! :wave:
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Post: # 211183Post Green Aura »

Hi Denzle, welcome to Ish :wave:
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Re: Kit-built Polytunnel

Post: # 211190Post Tru&Ad »

Welcome Denzle

No plastic connections on this one. All metal.
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Re: Kit-built Polytunnel

Post: # 211648Post cafe_tom »

Really interested in this topic, as a polytunnel is a potential next on the list. Like Green Aura my area experiences a lot of wind (I had to phrase that carefully) and I've lost cheaper small tunnels down the road, despite being pegged and rocked into the ground.
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Re: Kit-built Polytunnel

Post: # 211669Post Green Aura »

Look at the upgrades on First Tunnels, Tom. We've got 35mm poles instead of the standard 25mm; storm braces and crop bars. There doesn't seem to be anything to make the polythene any stronger - I'm guessing it would also reduce light etc so would be counter-productive. So our skin needs changing more often but the frame's absolutely sound, despite regular *80mph+.
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