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« on: March 13, 2023, 15:05 »
what's the best thickness to have to use on 6x3m  tunnel and smaller
raised beds ? a friend bought some 300g and it's so thin ... and ripped easy.
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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2023, 16:05 »
My poly tunnel is from First Tunnels, have a look & see what they can supply, theres info on how much to order etc I believe. It was very thick & uv stabilised
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Re: polythene
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2023, 10:26 »
thanks snowdrops. will give them a look ;)

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Re: polythene
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2023, 21:15 »
Might also be worth looking at this

https://elixirgardensupplies.co.uk/product/greenhouse-polythene-polytunnel-cover-clear-film-sheeting-7-3m-9-2m-11-1m-14m/

I've not bought this myself but have been happy with all the purchases made to date from this company.

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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2023, 13:51 »
When I went looking one of the cheapest places for 500g/125u and 1000g/250u sheets in large sizes were these people on Amazon.

Eg.

4m x 9m 500g/125u for 21

4m x 25m 1000g/250u for 70
« Last Edit: March 16, 2023, 20:25 by Browseruk »

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Re: polythene
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2023, 19:34 »
thanks for the replies folks.
just want some that will not split when you look at it.
not sure how to read the number after the product ?
just know my friend bought some 300g and it's  rubbish.

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Re: polythene
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2023, 20:32 »
not sure how to read the number after the product ?

500g/125u means 500 gauge which is 125 microns or 0.125mm.
1000g/250u means 1000 gauge which is 250 microns or 0.25mm.

First tunnels supply 800g/0.2mm.
Elixir Gardens supply 780g / 0.195mm

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Re: polythene
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2023, 21:39 »
It's not just the thickness that matters but also the quality of the plastic. Personally I'd pay the extra and go with First or Northern tunnels as they're used commercially across the UK. You get what you pay for.

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Re: polythene
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2023, 08:36 »
It's not just the thickness that matters but also the quality of the plastic.
And how do you assess the quality of the plastic?

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Re: polythene
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2023, 08:51 »
It's not just the thickness that matters but also the quality of the plastic.
And how do you assess the quality of the plastic?

Well if youre just using any old polythene that you might buy it might not be of a grade suitable for covering a poly tunnel, which is why I suggested buying from a reputable poly tunnel supplier, you pays your money you takes the chance. But I personally would go with the best I can afford which is why when I invested in my poly tunnel I paid a bit more & had it from First Tunnels & 3 years down the line Im very happy with it. It is of course up to the individual to do their own research & on here we can only advise from experience I suppose

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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2023, 09:45 »
which is why I suggested buying from a reputable poly tunnel supplier,

Okay; but do you have any reason to think that QVS: "an established family run online retailer" isn't a reputable supplier?

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Re: polythene
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2023, 18:30 »
which is why I suggested buying from a reputable poly tunnel supplier,

Okay; but do you have any reason to think that QVS: "an established family run online retailer" isn't a reputable supplier?

No I havent Browseruk & havent the time or the inclination to research them. Maybe I should have advised in my first response to buy a poly tunnel cover from a company that supplies poly tunnels and then you have some comeback if you have issues with it, does that sound more reasonable?


 

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