Once in a while ol’ Caretaker Joel actually gets to fix something.

Made a full set of rounds yesterday afternoon and noticed that the plastic cover on this greenhouse was kinda loose. Closer examination showed the screws holding it down had pulled out of the wood en masse. Next good windstorm and I’d be chasing that whole sheet of plastic all over the countryside, and no way it’d survive the trip.

This actually happened once before, early last year on the other side. That one was pulled up by a windstorm, this one I think just by the tension of the plastic. That other time I had to go to an enormous amount of hassle turning on the power and running long extension cords. This time, of course, I had my brilliant cordless. And a box of more aggressive screws.

Fixed, and once again Uncle Joel earns his tuna sandwich for the month.

Really need to go back, though, with more screws and washers and truly clamp that thing down.

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3 Responses to Once in a while ol’ Caretaker Joel actually gets to fix something.

  1. MamaLiberty says:

    The wind is one big factor standing between me and some sort of greenhouse here. I’ve watched, over the years, as various metal sheds and outbuildings around the neighborhood and downtown took wing or were crushed by the wind… and somehow just don’t see a sheet of plastic surviving for long, no matter how many screws were used. Sure would hate to see all that money blow away. sigh

  2. Joel says:

    Surprisingly the hoop-shed design is very wind-resistant. The ridge where that greenhouse lives has wind as brutal as anything I’ve ever seen outside an actual hurricane, but tarps on hoop-sheds and plastic stressed on semicircles of metal conduit work very well.

    Until the tarp or plastic decays and starts to flap, at which point all hell can break loose.

  3. Zelda says:

    ML the stories I can tell about wind and hoop houses…As Joel said, once they start to go it’s all over. One of mine (about 12 feet long) was pulled completely out of the ground and with hoops still attached went rolling off in a tangle of plastic hoops and 6mil plastic sheeting toward Kansas, or whatever is out there to the east. My original small one had to be tied down as the French do, with criss-cross ropes, and the rope tied to cinderblocks all around. It still got pulled up and I’d listen to it going Whump! Whap! as it got airborne for a few feet and then crashed back down. I still have not solved the wind related plastic hoop house issues where I live. The only greenhouse I can have is bricks and steel, because no consumer greenhouse is rated for wind above 45mph or so. I have watched many greenhouse kits blown to bits in an average storm wind. I do think that the criss-cross rope method used in France is the most effective and would recommend it and some very deep screw anchors plus cinderblocks for weight if you decide to build a hoop house. They are wonderful food production tools and a warm winter place to sit and read. 6mil UV stabilized greenhouse plastic will last 3 or so years before it gets brittle and starts to disintegrate.

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