Second hand polytunnel advice

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Second hand polytunnel advice
« on: November 14, 2012, 13:10 »
Hi all,

Have just purchased a Citadel space saver polytunnel (10' 6x 15')
It is going up the allotment so i cant concrete the uprights in. There are no ground tubes for the tunnel as it has straight sides, so the uprights are also the groundtubes if you see what i mean. I was hoping to fix the polythene with a timber base rail to make replacement easier but have been informed that if i dont trench the cover then i need to concrete the tube in.
 Anyone been in a similar position? Bit stuck for ideas.

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Re: Second hand polytunnel advice
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2012, 14:53 »
Ours is home-made from allsorts. There are lengths of scaffold tube dug into the ground with large bore black pipe stuck into those to form the hoops. The plastic is draped over and buried by, only about 6 inches to a foot of, earth. It also has a wooden frame placed over the top outside and dropped to ground level to help hold it all in place and give a neater finish to the trenching. I think without either concrete or buried plastic, it will be far less secure in any weather than it might be.
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Re: Second hand polytunnel advice
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2012, 15:24 »
So as i have no ground tubes as such, if i was to hit the uprights into the ground about 2 foot and then trench the cover all around it will be secure enough in your opinion? Is it easy to get the cover drum tight when trenching?

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Re: Second hand polytunnel advice
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2012, 15:27 »
That sounds pretty secure. We're right on the coast - 100 metres or so back - so unless you're in a very windy spot, I think that sounds strong enough. Getting the cover tight is a bit of an art. ::) :D

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Re: Second hand polytunnel advice
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2012, 08:29 »
So have decided to take my time and put the uprights in using anchor plates and then making a wooden base rail and fitting the polythene to that. Just like the idea of the base rail when it comes to changing the cover.

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Re: Second hand polytunnel advice
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2012, 19:16 »
If it is going on an allotment then check that size is ok(planning laws) and that it does not cause problems (shadow and drainage) for the neighbour.



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