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How to make a shade cloth cover for the veggie patch using poly pipe and fittings?

Hobbies46
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How to make a shade cloth cover for the veggie patch using poly pipe and fittings?

 
MitchellMc
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Re: How to make a shade cloth cover for the veggie patch using poly pipe and fittings.

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @Hobbies46. It's a pleasure to have you join us, and many thanks for your question.

 

How big is the veggie patch you wish to cover? If it is a medium to large patch, you might be better off using electrical conduit as it has a thicker wall and is more rigid yet still flexible. Polypipe, although rigid when cool, becomes soft and will droop with heat from the sun. To see the conduit in action, check out @Grub80's home made shade hoop house. They go into quite extensive detail about joining the conduit and how they fixed the shade cloth in place.

 

Once you've read through that discussion, please let me know if you need further assistance or have questions.

 

Mitchell

 

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Hobbies46
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Re: How to make a shade cloth cover for the veggie patch using poly pipe and fittings.

Good Morning Mitchell

Thank you for your reply and info.

I have checked out the hoop type structure and it looks very secure and stable.  Are there any benefits to this shape of shade, as opposed to a rectangular construction? 

The back area of my Unit is not very large - mainly pavers, so I garden with pots and troughs.

The plan I have (!!) has these dimensions - 

Length    1.5 m

Depth      1 m

Height     1.5 m

Using poly pipe and joiners - adding pipes with 3 way joints at base and central risers with support uprights for stability.

I would not be able to fit the 3 m lengths of pip in my Getz car, and if the Team Member was unbale to cut the pipe to required length for me, I could use 1 m, pre-cut piping and use couplings, and cut to suite the dimensions?

I hope this is clear to you!

Regards

Lynne

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MitchellMc
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Re: How to make a shade cloth cover for the veggie patch using poly pipe and fittings.

Hi Lynne (@Hobbies46),

 

Arcs or hoops are very structurally sound. As you are creating a relatively small structure, using the rectangular approach would be suitable. After some time, you should still expect the 1.5m lengths to droop if they are unsupported midway. However, this shouldn't be detrimental to the integrity of the overall structure.

 

Using smaller lengths is always an option, though I would hope a helpful team member will be able to cut the longer lengths down for you. Please let me know if you run into any issues, and I would be happy to contact the store to help arrange this.

 

Your plan sounds fantastic, and I can't wait to see what you've come up with.

 

Mitchell

 

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