The fact that plastics are more affordable makes it a good choice of covering material when constructing greenhouses. Farmers with low capital can easily afford them without much financial burden. They are also mobile and can be reused on a new site. Quality Plastics are durable and can last for more than four years in intense sunlight. Thus Small commercials and smallscale gardeners prefer the use of plastic to glass in the construction of their greenhouses.
Anchoring greenhouse plastic is a simple task, however, farmers find it difficult and get it all wrong. so many farmers make mistakes that affect the durability of the plastic greenhouses in a long run. This article provides two basic methods that can be used to anchor greenhouse plastic, which are the STAPLES AND SCREWS Method as well as LOCK CHANNEL AND WIGGLE WIRE Method. This article also outlined some professional guidelines on how to construct your own plastic greenhouses with no help. These guidelines include:First things
- First, locate an ideal land for your proposed plastic greenhouse.
- Prepare the land to able to support the construction of the greenhouse.
- Design and construction of the frames that will carry the plastic films.
- Prepare your plastic film, cover and stretch the plastic film across the frames.
- Lastly, Anchor the plastic films to the frame using fasteners
The above guidelines will help you anchor your own plastic greenhouses without the help of a professional. Those guidelines are easy to learn and you can as well put them into action when there is a need for you to hold your plastic tight to its frames.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PLASTIC GREENHOUSES
As a farmer, there are things you need to know about plastic greenhouses that you probably don’t get to come across. Did you know that Plastic greenhouses are cost effective and also 40 % more energy efficient than greenhouses made from glass? These plastics have inbuilt ultra violent stabilizers that help stabilize sunlight effectively. Furthermore, plastic greenhouses are anchored easily when compared to the long process used to involved in the construction of glass greenhouses.
Just like every other farm structures, plastic greenhouses also have disadvantages. The disadvantages of using plastics as the covering materials include the risk of fire hazards, it’s also affected by environmental pollution. All this bad side effect sum together to make some farmers think that the use of plastic is a bad idea. Although a plastic greenhouse is the number one choice for farmers with little or no experience about it. The plastic types are easier to use and it helps manage your plants naturally without much or no problem of controlling temperatures.
Based on this few facts, a farmer should be able to choose or decide whether to use plastic greenhouses or not. The way you anchor your plastic determines how effective they will be, that is an important factor to note. When anchoring the plastic, it should be done properly and efficiently.
HOW TO ANCHOR GREENHOUSE PLASTIC :
Materials used to anchor greenhouse plastic
The Tools Needed to anchor greenhouse includes a ladder, Hacksaw, Hammer, PVC pipes, staple, plastic-material, some Wood lath, Nails and a pair of scissors. These materials have their specific uses, though they can be replaced by a close substitute. The use of each material will be explained in details as we proceed. The frames of the greenhouse are prepared before the plastics are anchored. These frames are prepared In such a way to prevent the damage and the tear of the plastic films. It must have a smooth surface and free of sharp edges that can cut the film. The outer surface of the frame can be taped to keep it smooth. Paint the frame with white cool color. This minimizes heat stress, this heat brings stress to the plastic film on a long run. Proper preparation of the frames makes the anchoring of plastic films an easy and stress-free task. These methods below are used to anchor plastic films to its frames efficiently.
How to use the staples and screws method.
The staples and screws method used for anchoring plastic films to its frames is the cheapest method. however, it has some disadvantages. This includes the small holes created in the plastics surface after fixing without creating more holes in the surface of the plastic. This implies that you must know what you are doing.
The following guidelines will teach and assist you on how to anchor your plastic material to the frames of your greenhouse.
- First things first, make sure all the PVC pipes (or any other structure material) are free of sharp edges and they are well painted, this is to prevent abrasions and also heat buildup in the plastic coverings.
- Put the rolls of the polyvinyl plastic on the frames with the help of a ladder.
- Thirdly, allow the plastic films to slide down to the end of the frames equally on all sides. This plastic material should be allowed to touch the ground to enable maximum allowance of space
- This plastic material on the roof should be rolled down to the side of the greenhouse frames. At this point, all the frames should have been covered with the plastic materials
- The plastic material should be pulled down until it is firm to the end of the ground, it’s surface is free of excess and makes it firm.
- Hold your wood lath against the end of the plastic films on the ground. Nail the plastic film on the wood lath against the frames with the aid of a hammer to hold it firmly. 4 Nails on each wood lath is perfect
- Finally, Your staples are used to fasten all the loose ends. Repeat this same process for other points and use a scissor to cut off the excess plastic films
The entire process is simple right? Start yours today and your greenhouse will be ready for use.
How to Use lock channel and wiggle wire method.
The lock channel and wiggle wire method is a better way to anchor your plastics to its frames. However, it requires just a little technical know-how. This article will analyze how to anchor greenhouse plastic to the frames as much as possible. The wiggle wire can anchor the whole length and breadth of the plastics. These methods leave no interval between fastening point. This makes it free from holes caused by the frequent drills.
The following guidelines will help you anchor your plastics to its frames. The wiggle wire method is as follows;
- Just like in staples and screws method, a special attention should be given to the construction frames to enable proper attachments.
- Place the rolls of plastic materials on the frames, starting from the top
- The plastic material should be allowed to slope downwards with its ends touching the ground level.
- Attach a wire at every end of the past frames, five wire on a frame of 7ft high is ok. Note: The wires should be attached at the four edges of the frames and not between the length or breadth.
- The next step is to stretch your plastic films using one hand, wiggle the wire with your other hand in U form on the plastic films in a relative motion With the frames at the back of the plastic film.
- This same process should be repeated as you move from one wire to another.
This process was kind of technical, I guessed right then. The amazing fact about this method is that once you know it, you know it! It’s easier to anchor a plastic to it frame using this method when compared to staples and screws. It can also be removed easily if you notice an error, all you just need do is wiggle the wire up and down the opposite way you came. How simple is that!
PRECAUTIONS AND SAFETY RULES
The type of plastic material you buy
when picking a plastic film, a thickness of 6 mils is appropriate. Make sure you don’t purchase a cheap material that will end up being fake. Fake plastics don’t usually have ultra-violent stabilizers, thus they get spoilt easily. And when they do, this causes a serious mess in the greenhouse. Please, do yourself a favor and stay away from cheap materials. It will hurt your plants if you do!
Take care of your frames
Frames are the foundation for your plastic film. Just like in a house, a good foundation determines how long the house will remain. Build a strong frame and watch them perform magic during stormy periods. A frame should be free from sharp edges. It’s should be free from bends and stand upright when erected. This helps it to remain strong during stormy periods and harsh weathers.
Please take note of these! The choice of material used to construct your frames means so much. If you are using polyvinyl chloride pipes majorly known as PVC pipes, you must prepare and plan ahead of is disadvantages. PVC pipes gassing cause early damage of any plastic film used as covering the greenhouse. This happens when the plastic films are in direct contact with the frames. However, this major disadvantage can be prevented if you know the right things to do. The frames can be painted forehand with an acrylic latex paint. Paints with pesticides traces should not be used. Mask with a white tape the areas where the frames are in contact with plastic films. When anchoring a new plastic, the old plastic films should be used to wrap the frames.
When to anchor your plastics
The time you plan to anchor your plastics means so much. The time you want to carry out your operation will affect the strength of your greenhouse. Do not anchor your plastic films to the frame on a windy day. The plastic films will not stay in place and this can cause a serious accident. A slight slip when on the top as you work can cause a fall. A windy weather will make the films to keep flying out of place. Therefore, anchoring the plastic will be uneasy. Furthermore, note that plastics films contract and expands with changes in temperature. The plastic films expand in warm temperatures and contract with cold temperatures. Therefore do not stretch the plastic films beyond its limit. Of course, it must be firm, but not too much.
Hope you now find the process used to anchor in plastic greenhouses simple. You can follow these guidelines and build something good for your plants.