How Debra Strengthened Her Greenhouse to Withstand a Tornado
One of our customers, Debra Brimer, a retired tour guide shared how she strengthened her Quictent 20' x 10' x 7' greenhouse to make it withstand a tornado with high winds in her area. Let’s see how Debra makes it step by step.
- Put the frame together.
- Put the tent (cover) on it.
- Fold back the two ends of the door and frame up the door.
- Place metal straps over the frame and the aluminum (conduit clamps).
- Screw in 2x4.
- Tale every bolt and every conduit clamp with duct tape.
- Tuck the cover under the metal, then clamp the conduit over the metal at the bottom and screw it down.
- Add 2x4s to the bottom. Screw it to the concrete through the wood. If you don’t have concrete then frame around the bottom on the inside with 2x4s, take 1/2 rebar (24 inches long) drive it down beside the 2x4s (3 on each side 2 on each end). Then take the conduit clamp and screw it over the metal frame to the 2x4 so the structure will not move.
- Build a frame for pallets. Put pallets on top/ running duct tape on the sides to prevent tearing of the tent.
- Rub it after tables were built. A 2x4 brace was added to the center on each side.
We can know that the frame reinforcement always comes as the top priority from above. To get the structure balance and to prevent the stress of entering and leaving the tent to be put on the tent itself, whenever possible, you can frame the aluminum structure by adding support posts inside the structure (remember to make them underground) and framing a doorway.
Extra protection for the joints is also important. If applicable, strengthen each with several layers of duct tape.
At last, the cover protection. We’ve prolonged the cover. That is, you can add extra weights to keep it stay in place.
Debra is fond of planting roses, ferns, and aloe vera. According to her, about 3,000 aloe vera have been planted with two Quictent 20’ x 10’ x 7’ greenhouses! She is warmhearted and really hopes what she shared can be helpful. If you’ve benefited from her tips or have any words for her kindness, get in touch with her on Facebook.
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