The frame work for the hoop house, and the tarp we have been using to cover it, but it needs it's clear plastic cover and the ends need to be enclosed. Right now, we need to take the blue tarp mostly off in the mornings once it is above 40 degrees so the tomatoes can get some sun.
But how do you weld plastic together you ask? Duck tape will only hold so much and it needs to be a good complete seal to hold out the cold.
Well, I will tell you. I was not able to find any info online other then to buy some fancy epoxy, but I have a neighbor who put a lot of years in working for the Navy and he told me how.
You need 2 sheets of aluminum foil and an iron.
Place 1 sheet down on the floor overlap the edges of the plastic, then place a sheet of aluminum foil over the top. Heat the iron up to the cotton setting and apply heat.
Below is my sample. You can see the seams, but you can not pull them apart. I used a 10 second time with pressure, then moved the iron to overlap half way and another 10 seconds with pressure, that way the seam got a total of 20 seconds of heat and pressure. I laid this all out on the concrete floor of the quonset, open to the cool air, with no sun on it, so if it is a nice warm day and the floor that you use is warm, you might only need 10 seconds because the floor isn't draining heat from the iron.
Here you see 25' of aluminum foil flanked by 2 25' sheets of plastic
You can see the seam here as I am removing the top sheet of foil.
Yeah! it fits with enough at the sides so once we get a chance we will staple the end of the plastic to 2x4s then roll them up to the base of the frame and bolt them together. Still using the blue tarp because we haven't had the time to build the ends yet.
you can see the seam to the left of the hoop in this picture.
And why do I want to go to all this work?
Here is why
Wish I could eat one, but I am allergic to tomatoes, but they sure look good.
This past week, I wasn't able to do much tatting, instead of sitting in my chair with my feet up, I was sitting in this helping farmguy harvest the corn crop. The cart holds 900+ bushels. A Bushel of corn is about 54lbs.
This past Sunday, I motored to a small town about 35miles from me named Rutland. They were holding their 28th annual Uff-Da Day. A celebration of all things Scandinavian, Romegrote, Lefse, Sandbakkels, Rosettes, Krumkake, and other yummy stuff to eat and see. They also celebrate vintage and classic cars, many pioneer crafts such as Tatting, Spinning, Knitting, Crochet, home made by hand Ice Cream, buns and bread baked in a wood cook stove in the pioneer house and many other things.
I got to sit for about 6 hours Tatting and talking about Tatting in the Baptist church along with the lady who spins and knits and another who crochets and all the gorgeous quilts that fill the pews and walls of the church.. Yeah, I needed the day.
This is a picture of the beginning of the parade,
it is the Aberdeen South Dakota Fire Dept BagPipe band. They traveled about 2 hours to come play, it was in the 50's for highs and yet they wore their kilts..... brrrr
|looking down the length of Main Street, I am standing on the steps of the 1890 Baptist Church|
|No self respecting North Dakota parade is complete unless there are horses.|
|just one of the many vintage and classic cars on display.|
I was able to finish Round 2 of my Lace Mat
Tatting course on Craftsy and taught 2 how to do the flip.
It's about time for the FunGuys don't you think?
|backside of #1|
|another view of #2|
|my garden gloves to show the size of these guys.|
I have never seen anything like them.
This is long enough. Hope you weren't bored.
Have a great tatting day tomorrow.