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By Ducky

Leicestershire, United Kingdom Gb

Does anyone have any tips on how to stop the polycarbonate sheeting from popping out of my greenhouse every time we have a blustery wind event. Im fed up of putting them back in and I dont really want it hapenning when Ive got seedlings on the go. I physically cant put any more glazing clips on than I already do, but Im thinking I might try inserting some sort of cross battening - Any ideas??




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sounds like your right put a strap of some sort perhaps across a lot of sheets with one piece of battening or something.cant you change it for glass or will that blow out ?

4 Mar, 2009

 

I cant really do glass - as the kiddies play near there and I dont want to run the risk of them falling against it etc.

4 Mar, 2009

 

Hi Ducky, I have no idea really what you are talking about there on the other side of the world. What do you mean by polycarbonate? What kind of material is that and why is it in your greenhouse? What purpose, may I ask, is something just sitting there, so light that it is sucked out or blown about? Can't you do without it if it is not holding anything down or up? I'd love to read your reply to this. Is it positoned on the ground? I am serious, I do not know what you mean.

4 Mar, 2009

 

what i would do is put up a trellis type of frame up just away from it and put some kind of clear plastic so your getting the light in and maybe be put sweat peas up it or something like a climber up it but dont block to much light ,i was going to buy one of these polycarbonated grenhouse but i didnt want the same thing happening to me if you want to let me see a photo ducky of it and tell me were its comeing out ill try to figure it out for you ,or just make a 2by 2 wooden frame and put the clear plastic as a kind of wind shield ok ducky lets see the lay out of your greenhouse and tell me were its blowing out ok

4 Mar, 2009

 

Polycarbonate sheeting is used as an alternative to glass in a greenhouse, it is made of a clear 'plastic' material that wont be degraded by UV light. It is thermally good as its made a bit like corrugated cardboard in that there are the two flat faces separated by a 'cell' structure. It is very lightweight and is also sometimes used on conservatory roofs. The main advantage for folks like me is that unlike glass it wont shatter and break if something (like a small child) bashes against it, and it is easy to handle - again no sharp cutting edges so it is popular from a safety point of view. - Hope this helps.

4 Mar, 2009

 

Thanks Juliano,
As to which panels are blowing out - its most of them!! Once one pops out the wind gets inside and off go the rest!. I think that Im going to try sliding some garden canes horizontally down the glazing channels and lashing them in place. A friend of mine has a timber framed greenhouse and they have simply nailed a couple of timber battens to the frame over each pane - problem solved - not so easy on an aluminum frame though.

4 Mar, 2009

 

you can get safty glass thaat wont break very easily.ask glasier honest

4 Mar, 2009

 

In December I had my first greenhouse. I chose one with toughened glass, which looks just like glass, but it does not break like glass and is much stronger. Instead of the clips to hold in the glass we chose the plastic capping which fits the whole length of the glass - just like beading would. I am not too sure whether you can use this with polycarbonate, but it is worth asking as it does away with all of the flimsy clips.

4 Mar, 2009

 

I got two small polycarbonate ones and ended up putting silicon round the outside of the most troublesome ones, it holds much better than the clips, I am west of Scotland in a strong wind and this solved the problem for me.

4 Mar, 2009

 

sorted

4 Mar, 2009

 

Doh - why didnt I think of silicone!! it's flexible and gluey and I love using it! (got the hang after re-doing the bathroom last year)
Cheers Guys and Gals. XX

5 Mar, 2009

 

hey ducky leave a few clips in place and open the nozzle up as I skimped and it still blew out ,in other words use plenty

5 Mar, 2009

 

cool sorted

5 Mar, 2009

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