Recovering a cheap polytunnel

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Chris Suddell

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Recovering a cheap polytunnel
« on: October 02, 2019, 06:56 »

I have a cheap 3x3m poly tunnel the green cover type.  I'd like to recover it, however I'm not sure how I will get the cover drum tight?  Just wondered if anyone here had done this before?  The frame is 28mm galvanized steel, with a steel base rail around the bottom.  However there is no height adjustment, so I wont be able to lift the frame to tighten the cover.

Any thoughts?


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Re: Recovering a cheap polytunnel
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2019, 11:56 »
My husband made a wooden frame.  If you google it you will find a tutorial for a wooden frame and also other methods of doing it. 
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Re: Recovering a cheap polytunnel
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2019, 16:55 »
I have re-covered both my tunnels using the frame method. You will need to buy fixing brackets, available from first tunnels (and others), which you attach to a wooden frame around the base, don't tighten up fully. Then fit your cover to the frame, pulling it as tight as you can get, to really stretch the new cover you then use your foot to push down the wooden frame and tighten all your brackets and hey presto nice tight cover.
There are various tutorials on U Tube which will show you how, but I did this on my own for a 6mx2.4m tunnel without too much hassle (make sure you pick a nice calm day)  :D



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Re: Recovering a cheap polytunnel
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2019, 19:30 »
I bought a really cheap ~ 110 poly tunnel about four years back and it has been very good value. Unfortunately it now needs new cover but the replacement only costs 79  so I will order and replace. It is a shame 99% of the cover is sound but for whatever reason there is a join and between the two main pieces of plastic the joining piece has deteriorated and ripped... still 100 for four years... no brainer !


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