How to Build a Hoophouse, Part 3 (attaching ropes,standing the hoops)

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Part 3 (attaching the ropes and putting up the hoops) of the step-by- step construction of a low cost hoophouse of an innovative design, from the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Oklahoma.

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How to Build a Hoophouse, Part 3 (attaching ropes,standing the hoops)

  1. 1. Attaching the Ropes
  2. 2. After the rebar pins are driven, the ropes that will anchor the plastic roof can be attached to the pins. Use 1/4-inch polyester rope from in 1,000-foot rolls. Polypropylene wears out too quickly, and nylon parachute cord stretches too much.
  3. 3. Over every rebar pin on one side of the house, place a short rope loop, then slide a 3/4-inch USS washer onto the pin above the rope loop. The rope loops are two-foot pieces of rope that have been tied with a 3/16-inch snap link.
  4. 4. On the opposite side, over every rebar pin, place a loop tied in the center of a 52-foot piece of rope, again with a 3/4- inch USS washer sliding onto the pin after the rope loop. Stretch both ends of these ropes out on the ground, toward the outside of the house.
  5. 5. Setting up the Hoops
  6. 6. Attach the anchor eyebolts to the end hoops…
  7. 7. …and place the first end hoop on its rebar pins. (The second end hoop will be erected later, after the plastic is unrolled.)
  8. 8. When the end hoop is in place on its rebar pins, screw the ends of the wigglewire channel to the ends of the hoop.
  9. 9. Place the remaining hoops on their rebar pins.
  10. 10. In the end of one of the ropes that are now covered by the plastic, tie a bowline knot to make a loop at the end of the rope. Carry that end of the rope over the top of the plastic to the opposite end of the hoop, and attach it to the snap-link there. Do this once for each hoop.

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