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Covering Ends – Plastic & Tarp

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

A Temporary Fix for a Loose Cover

**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.

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Covering Ends – Plastic & Tarp

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. You start at the base of one side and go continuously over the peak so that there is not an edge at the peak. Your cover will be a rectangle and you must double check if the two ends were supplied as one piece or not. The framing must also be in place before you are putting on the cover.

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).