Plastic/Blowaway Greenhouse Repair

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  1. kyleleonard

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    Hello!

    I have a large-ish ''blowaway'' greenhouse which I got around 2014.. and since then it's been battered by hailstone and heavy snow sitting on top of it (it's at my parents' so I don't get to it often) so the cover was ruined and cut to ribbons.

    I covered it over Christmas/winter with a green plastic cover, but it doesn't allow any light in, was to prevent it blowing away.

    I have looked around and can't seem to find a replacement cover that would fit mine, maybe they stopped making the size? Anyway - has anyone ever repaired one of these using cellophane? or something a bit thicker than cellophane?

    Hoping to start using it in the next few months and don't really want to buy a new one.

    As always, Thanks!

    Kyle :blue thumb:
     
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    You could use polytunnel polythene to make a cover, depending on it's location there are a couple of ways to do this. If on soil then trenching in would be the way to go. If on a hard surface then a base rail setup would work.

    Any photo's?

    Steve...:)
     
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      Not got any photos of it I don't think, I'll take one this week, though!

      It's quite big, has a big open space on the left and shelving on the right. Can't find it being sold anywhere.
       
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      The repair process has begun, emptied and stripped it of all of its plastic - so just a frame to work with. Going to use thick clear plastic to manufacture a cover for it, it should last longer than the original thin one did!
       
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      Gaffer tape is your friend here. The silver coloured one even better. Wrap the edges of polythene with a few layers and you will get so much more strength for putting holes in for cable ties or any other fastenings.
       
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        With mine the covers loose the plastic due to the sun rays degrading them leaving just the green reinforced plastic mesh. I put a tough clear plastic over the frame with the cover then put over the top of that.
        If theres a downpour some water may gather but thats easily moved and the set up seems to work well for me.
        As for the ripped zips.what a pain in the ****! they are. :biggrin:
         
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          I think I might go down this route, should make sure all the holes I made when tying it up are covered, cheers!
           
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          Ok, so yesterday this happened;

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          and it got to this temperature inside;

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          Some greenhouse supply stores sell tape made for greenhouse plastic. I have some but I also found this other tape even better. It is the tape sold near the plastic shrink film that you buy for windows. I bought this roll of clear tape (slight scrim in it) and have found it to be my go to for clear plastics.
          Let me see if I can find a pic of the product....
          hmm, sorry can't find a pic but it wasn't the double sided stuff they sell to glue the shrink film. It looks like the reinforced shipping tape for sealing up cardboard cartons. Does a smashing job and it stuck through the winter on the outside of something I mended last year... :)
           
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