Greenhouse plastic

After assembling a greenhouse frame from PVC and expecting the plastic covering to be no ploblem using tape to secure it I've found tape wont stick to the plastic(clear plastic tape, 3M plastic tape & duct tape).
Can someone give me some ideas of what will help secure the plastic sheet to the frame?
Thank you
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Hmmmmmmmmm... Never tried it, so I'm not sure. Some heavy utility clips from Lowe's maybe? Bungees for the end pieces?
Sounds like some creativity might be called for!
Good luck!
I'd pull it tight and concentrate mostly on the ends...
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Try cutting some of the PVC into maybe 1" lengths and then cutting the length down the middle. Wrap the plastic around the frame and then force the "clip" over both the plastic and the frame - I don't think you'll find a tighter joining system although you may need to go one diameter larger for the clip pieces depending on how accurately machined the originals are.
You might even be able to use poly-pipe (irrigation tubing) to make the "clips" if you have some of an appropriate size "laying around".
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Try this place http://www.littlegreenhouse.com/accessory/pvc.shtml
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That idea worked pretty good but I'm going to buy some chicken wire tomorrow and put over it. The wind blew for 30 hours and just quit at 21:00 CST and tore up the plastic I had on the east end.
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That idea worked pretty good but I'm going to buy some chicken wire tomorrow and put over it. The wind blew for 30 hours and just quit at 21:00 CST and tore up the plastic I had on the east end.
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Well, that was (nearly) the ultimate test of the "clips" :) - if the plastic ripped rather than coming off of the frame then you've definitely done something right!
I can't think of anything different to chicken wire to fix the ripping problem though :(
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That sounds like a good idea I think I'll try that. THANKS
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Tommy Of Earth wrote:

Territorial Seeds has the clamps you need. I have over a hundred of them and use just those to clamp the plastic to the PVC.
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On the outside of the base bolt the frame to a baseboard. Then add wiggle wire and there is no need to tape anything. It's the best thing I've ever used.

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On 4/3/05 5:50 PM, in article snipped-for-privacy@comcast.com, "Jack

maybe? Thanks Gary
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I'll give it a try. At the baseboard you bolt a piece of aluminum that if you looked at it on the end would resemble a [ except the two small edges would come to the center a little. Then you put the plastic on. It is held in place by a piece of stainless steel wire in this shape _/-\_. That little dash between the oblique marks should be at the top. You just lace it in the C channel and it will hold the plastic till the cows come home. I just replaced my plastic after 3 years. I put a double layer on with a little slack between layers and have a small fan on the inside of the greenhouse that pumps air between the layers to give you that extra insulation. Go to the following url for more info: http://www.poly-tex.com/pages/accessories/wigglewire.html
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Don't forget you only need it on the end hoops and the base. It's not required on each hoop.
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I'd use my air stapler, but I have a compressor and the gun.
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I don't think that would work too well.

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il 4 Apr 2005 13:58:29 -0700, "FriscoSoxFan" ha scritto:

Don't you find that the plastic tears? How about using those plastic packing strips as well as a kind of load distributer under the staple itself? How does pvc handle being stapled?
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il 3 Apr 2005 07:06:49 -0700, "Tommy Of Earth" ha scritto:

You may need special clips to fit around the pvc pipe. I have used bulldog clips to hold windbreak (or plastic) to round pipes but they do go rusty. They work OK Someone else used split pipes, eg: C +[ O , to go over the top of the pipes and plastic, I haven't tried that. I'd imagine the clip would have to be quite springy, tight enough to require force to remove, but not sharp enough to cut the plastic (altho tape applied under make spread the load). At the moment I'm using No. 8 wire hoops with plastic held on by plastic clothes pegs. Anything to avoid paying a fortune for specialised clips...
Nothing sticks to plastic that's in the open elements. If I was flush with money I'd consider a double row of wire hoops, with the plastic held between. I mean you could even consider rope tied over the top if wind is a problem. When it comes to high winds I would even fling a huge sunscreen cloth I'd been given, over the whole shebang to cut down the wind. It worked fine too.
Perhaps a look at commercial setups of similar greenhouses will give you ideas for fasteners.
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