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What kind of plastic are people using for hoop houses?

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What kind of plastic are people using for hoop houses?

Post  Maya Papaya on 5/8/2010, 8:15 pm

Also, where do I find it @ Home Depot in what section?

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Hoop House

Post  Maya Papaya on 5/8/2010, 8:38 pm

After a little research looks like people are using Visqueen.

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Re: What kind of plastic are people using for hoop houses?

Post  timwardell on 5/8/2010, 8:55 pm

Are you talking about a cold frame (to keep 'em warm) or a row cover (to protect them from bugs)?
I used 6mil clear plastic to make a cold frame over my lettuce, spinach, and potatoes this year. We had 5 inches of snow on the 2nd day of spring - just days after I installed the cold frame. I found the plastic at Lowes in the insulation section - near the big rolls of pink fiberglass.
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Thanks Tim

Post  Maya Papaya on 5/8/2010, 9:00 pm

Yeah, to keep em warm. You know how big those stores are and the help there is clueless.

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Post  boffer on 5/8/2010, 9:27 pm

I second 6 mil clear, HD building department
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Post  timwardell on 5/8/2010, 9:28 pm

I know what you mean.
I walked into the garden center on a sunny day 5 days before the snow came. The guy working the cash register was wearing a jacket and standing inside a wind break made of the very plastic I was looking for (Lowe's garden centers being open to the elements as they are). I asked him, "Where can I find plastic row cover for my plants?" Blank look. Shocked I had to explain that I wanted to cover my vegetables to protect them from the coming cold. Blank look. Shocked He said he didn't think they carried anything like that but if they did it might be with the weed barrier. It wasn't. But I KNEW I'd seen it in the store (I spend WAY to much time there). I went to the paint department thinking it might be with the drop cloths, but they were too lightweight. One of the guys in the paint department suggested I try the insulation aisle and there it was. On the way out I made sure to stop by the clueless guy in the garden center. I held up my roll of 6 mil plastic, pointed to the stuff stretched on the wind break surrounding him and said in a loud, clear voice, "This is on aisle 16!" and kept walking out the door. Razz
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Thanks Boffer

Post  Maya Papaya on 5/8/2010, 9:28 pm

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Exactly Tim! n/t

Post  Maya Papaya on 5/8/2010, 9:31 pm

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What about shade cloth?

Post  Maya Papaya on 5/8/2010, 9:35 pm

Can I get that @ Home Depot?

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Boffer I saw your post earlier for FarmTek.
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Re: What kind of plastic are people using for hoop houses?

Post  boffer on 5/9/2010, 12:28 am

"Can I get that @ Home Depot?" Yes, in the building supplies dept. The thicker 6 mil is a lot easier to handle and more durable.
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Boffer I was asking about the shade cloth.

Post  Maya Papaya on 5/9/2010, 2:39 am

Can you get that at Home Depot? I saw your post for FarmTek. However, I"m looking for shade cloth - is cheesecloth similar to shade cloth?

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Post  camprn on 5/9/2010, 7:10 am

@ our HD I picked up 4mil in the painting dept.
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Post  Retired Member 1 on 5/9/2010, 8:21 am

If you are covering a temporary cold frame, then the plastic from hardware or big box stores work fine since you take it down after a few months. But if you are doing a permanent hoop house/ green house, then I would suggest using one that is UV protected. I uses a 4 year guaranteed poly in my last green house and it was still in good shape 5 years later when I moved. Here's where I will probably purchase it for my next hoophouse (hopefully later this year) since they sell smaller than 100' pieces:

http://www.greenhousemegastore.com/4-Year-Greenhouse-Film/productinfo/GF-6MC/

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Post  titans01 on 5/9/2010, 7:14 pm

I bought 6 mil and it was in the paint department and my big box store. Only problem I've had with it is is seems to want to tear right were it was folded in the box.

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