One of the beauties of a Multi Shelter is the flexibility of the ends. By building the ends according to your needs your new building can and will truly prove useful.
It is important to remember that you need to be very careful when you have one end closed and the other end open.
When one end is closed you could potentially create a “parachute effect” (trapping air, creating lift) and put a lot of added stress on your building and especially the cover. Call us to discuss ways of minimizing this if your circumstance really would require one end open and one end closed.
When planning ends, it is important to have sufficient vertical framing to support wind load, doors, fans, etc. The spacing between the vertical framing will be determined by the amount of opening space required for the doors, etc.
It is important to remember that where ever possible, framing needs to go from top to bottom. In the event of large openings, the related framing will need to be doubled or tripled.
It is also important to remember that when you are covering your end with tarp, the top end of the cover is sandwiched between the wirelock channel and the hoop.
When you are covering with plastic, you will be fastening the top end inside the channel with the roof cover even if your roof is a double layer.
Please see the two pages in the installation guide for more information as well as photos: Ends & Door Options
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Please refer to the Ends page in the assembly guide as well
When you are covering the ends of the structure, there are some similarities and some fundamental differences when you are covering with plastic or with tarp.
The aluminum wirelock channel must be installed on the top side of the hoop before you start the cover. The framing must also be in place before you are putting on the cover.
Your cover will be a rectangle and you must double check if the two ends were supplied as one piece or not.
- You start at the base of one side and go continuously over the peak so that there is not an edge at the peak.
- The cover gets fastened, temporarily, at the base first on either side of the door and then pull out to the corners.
If there is ANY wind, do into the wind side first.
- Please remember that whenever you have wrinkles or folds, you will pull 90 degrees to the wrinkle.
Excess on the end covers will only get trimmed off after the roof cover is on as well.
If you are covering the end with plastic
- you would go with the extra of your rectangle and fasten it temporarily to the back side of your framing.
- At the very most, at this stage you will put part of a wire insert on either side of the peak.
- When the cover is sitting smooth, you can put some strapping on the vertical framing to hole the cover in place.
If you are covering the ends with tarp
- you will need to remove the wirelock channel first.
This may seem like double work, but the channel is now curved to the building with the required screw holes.
- The end tarp cover is sandwiched between the hoop and the bottom of the wirelock channel.
- When you pull the tarp over the peak, you will reinstall the wirelock channel from the top and work down.
- If you do the left, right or bottom first will be determined by where the wrinkles are (if any).
Please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions at all and please watch the videos on our YouTube channel for more information
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RECYCLING YOUR OLD GREENHOUSE PLASTIC OPTIONS
(please note MSS does not endorse or finance any of the following options, this information is meant as a guide only.)
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We have previously covered the idea that while considering your structure choices you will have to weigh cost versus benefit or return. There is no area which this is more true then with cover choices. The wide range of cover choices include glass, polycarbonate, polyethylene and woven products. Within each of these products there is an equally great variety of choices. Along with each of these choices there is a huge variation in cost and function or performance.
At Multi Shelter Solutions we manufacture a wide range of shapes and sizes of predominantly plastic and tarp covered buildings. Because these buildings and shelters are narrower and have a reduced hoop spacing, we can use a lighter cover of the options available. The easiest way to get a comparative cost is to take the replacement cover cost divided by the years of expected life span to get an annual cover cost.
Our 6 mil plastic covers can be used as a single layer or double with air between for a 30% reduction in heat loss and to minimize condensation. These covers have a 4 year warranty against deterioration by the sun. Plastic is available in clear (greenhouses) and white (livestock shelters) and comes in various thicknesses. The average life span is 5 – 6 years for single layer and 6 – 8 years for double although 10 years is not uncommon.
Our 12mil white woven covers have a much greater tear resistance then plastic. This makes a good alternative when there will be some contact between product and cover. By providing shade, the white tarp is cooler in the summer. By still letting light in, it is warmer in the winter. Typical life span is 10 year. We offer a green tarp as well but due to the heat it absorbs, the life span is typically 3 years less then white.
You can see more info on these choices on our covering page or with the presentation video and the rest of the series Norm spoke on Greenhouses 101 here. Stay tuned for the end of January 2016 when he presents Greenhouses 202! As always, we are happy to help you with any of your questions regarding planning or options as you are considering your structure purchase.
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**Originally Published May 5/15**
There are a number of instances where a cover will need to be installed in less than ideal conditions. This can be either be on a windy day or in the cold (-10C or worse) and the job simply can not wait. This will almost invariably lead to a situation where the cover will need to be re-tightened on a warmer and/or calmer day.
The lifespan of a cover can very quickly be reduced if it is repeatedly flapping in the hard wind. A very effective, temporary fix to give you more time to do the job right, is to put ropes or straps over the building. A 1” or 2” wide seat belt type material is ideal but likely you will need to settle for a soft, marine grade rope instead. Using nylon rope is almost worse then using nothing because of the abrasion factor.
The idea is to put a strap or rope between pairs of hoops every 12’ to 16’ and pull as tight as you can. Use nails or eye bolts on your base as the spot for securing the ropes or straps. If your cover is especially loose, it is best to install each of the ropes or straps snugly first. Then go back and tighten them as tight as you can. This will prevent you from pulling too much in one spot.