So in February 2016 I decided to move my ultimatepolytunnel my 32ft by 14 ft polytunnel that I built a few years ago from the old plotsto the new plots.
I did make a video series on that, however,It never got published and the reason for that was because When I recorded it therewas a lot of bad weather and I was using a microphone and I didn't realise at the timethat the microphone was only working intermittently.
When it came to me editing that footage someof the sound quality wasn't really up to scratch and I decided that I wasn't going to releasethat footage.
However, there was a sponsor for that video series which was supposed tohave been three episodes and that sponsor gave me the plastic in which to do the polytunnel,so I have been in a bit of dismay really about it all because I wanted to be able to fulfillmy obligation to the company that gave me the plastic firstly and secondly it was aseries that I wanted to be able to give to you.
So I have really sort of struggled withwhether to put this footage up.
However, over the last 9 or 10 months I have had hundredsand I mean hundreds of people emailing me and messaging me saying look I understandwhat your saying, the footage might not be great but I would still really like to seeit.
So that's what these next couple of episodes are going to be about guys, It is the footageI've edited it the best I can where the footage is bad I've put the cc in for you guys soif for any reason you can't hear what I am saying or anything like that, you'll be ableto read it if you decide to all you got to do is click the cc button below.
So without any further ado guys let's geton with the footage.
This is February 2016 dismantle and move to the new premises build.
Anyway I will see you in a minute So as you can see behind me guys we've gotour 32ft by 14ft polytunnel.
Now it's a home made structure utilising scaffolding polesand timber.
We do have a series on it but what we are going to do over the next threeepisodes is take down this tunnel and we are going to move it and rebuild it at the site.
I got my brother helping me because we'vealready taken out some of the internals out of it.
But it's the end of February now, Ireally need this tunnel up and going at the new place.
I purposely haven't planted anythingbecause of that.
Now I would like to tell you, that the nextthree episodes as far as this tunnel is concerned are going to be sponsored by First Tunnelsbecause they have very kindly donated the new plastic that we need for this, So you'regonna see their link to their site there.
Now First Tunnels have a superb range of polytunnelsnot like this obviously, eventhough they can provide you with the covers.
but they gotproper polytunnels with you know the hoop structure and everything else and they'vegot water collection systems and all sorts of stuff.
If you look at these sorts of polytunnelsthat people have made, or the cheaper £150 tunnels you know half of them are on the floorwith the weather we have had this year.
So It really is worth getting yourself over toFirstTunnels If you're thinking of buying a polytunnel and investing in just that littlebit more money and benefitting from something that's gonna be there and is gonna last youfor quite a few years.
So once Dismantling the polytunnel As youknow these posts were down a fair way, a couple of feet.
Some of them are down three feet,some of them are down four feet.
they are down into a lot of soil, So we had to devisea way to get them out of the ground, now I am not sure how far down this one was, butI think it was only about three feet two and a half three feet.
but it's wedged right inthere.
So, today we are just gonna show you a quick way of pulling these that we cameup with and we are gonna put a scaffolding clamp around the pole like this we are justgonna tighten it up right.
ok, so the next step we need a chain which we just gonna feedunder this one here its locked together so all I need to do is do that.
In fact, what I'm gonna do I'm gonna shrinkthat chain down a bit, and I think we are gonna go there and I am gonna make a smallerloop and I'll put a different lock on it there you go.
right, so we've got a smaller loopthere guys ok?.
alright, we just gonna hook that loop underneath the other part of thescaffolding chain and now we need our third part which is our third part which is thisguys.
I put a piece of timber on the floor just to take a bit of weight of the soil andall we need to do is put this jack there and literally jack it up.
Now this Jack comes off a landrover so allI am gonna do is just get it up to the height at the moment we are not far from it hookthe chain around, Here we go, right, so all we need to do now is hold it back with ourfoot there and just jack the post out.
Well, that's good that lock was undone soI am gonna keep going up until I hit the other lock, There we go.
I just keep jacking itThere we are.
and it's the easiest way I know of getting a post out of the ground.
There we are, we are free now, so I can literally move that and send this backdown.
and nowI can just lift it out of the ground.
There you go, guys, so I don't know if you can quitemake this out no, let me alter the camera lens.
Ok guys, so too here this was how far down this post went into the ground we got onetwo at least three feet on this one, so that's why we couldn't get them out, we got one moreto do and then the polytunnel is down.
All the parts are on the new plot, and wherewe are standing is where it is going to go.
Now the polytunnel itself is the actual landitself isn't quite flat, so what we need to do is we need to build a line to a level thatwe can work from, ok? and then we will end up shovelling some of this soil away.
To getit level, we may raise the front yet I am not sure about that.
but essentially all theparts we need are around the green shed there the door is leaning against the shed as youcan see.
there is timber all along here and timber on the other side of the shed timberhere.
so the first port of call for this now to get this back together is to get these18 posts in the front and the rear walls, and then we can start with the rest of thestructure.
so, I will come to you when I have got some of the posts set, because we wannakeep this video quite a short series, so once I have got some of the posts set I will comeback to you and explain what we are doing next.
So as you can see here now, we just startedgetting in the posts, we have got the front up.
and that's all nice and level and thedoor will go on there shortly.
now, here we basically have to put the posts in we gota datum line across the bottom which is the bottom rail it is not screwed in at the moment,as we are having to move it to dig the posts in the right area and we have to fit the windows.
This would be quite easy if I had just come here, when we originally built it we justput a post in then we built the windows to fit where the posts were.
but now obviouslyall the window frames are already pre-built so we have to get the posts in the exact rightplace, and then it has to be exactly level and plumb so that it all works.
You will see in a second some of the postsare quite long and we are hitting bedrock so we are having to cut this much of someof the posts.
It's another pain in the backside but it will allow us, it's not an issue herebecause we are quite sheltered.
we have got all of these buildings along here we havegot a big tree and stuff behind us with gardens and houses and stuff like that.
and then wegot all that netted area and just in front of us here will be our shed.
so, and the reasonwe can do that is because the sun rises over here and comes around the back of us, so itdoesn't ever come through the front of the tunnel so the tunnel will have light prettymuch all day.
even if the shed is in front of it.
So, what we need to do is literallyI have numbered all of these so I know exactly where they go.
Put the next post in screwit and carry on right the way up until we have got it all in and then we will put theback wall and we will do the exact same thing on the other side.
So, it's a bit of towingand froing and like I said, I am having to redig some of the holes because although Imeasured them correctly in the first place, they are not quite lining up with the windowsand things like that, so, the chamfers are different so we have to do that and then weare having to cut down some of the posts as well because they are just way to long.
Soanyway, I will come back to you now when we get some more of this wall up, but in fact,I will leave you running for a little bit for one of these, and then you can see exactlywhat we need to do.
So, what we do here now, I just got to drivethese through, I am sorry if the sun is in your eyes.
I am not sure how dark it's goingto make the video.
So the idea now Is just to drive this through.
There is number one.
And if you notice, It's a bit of a post because obviously, I need to try to get everythingperfectly aligned and I am not at the moment.
But we will get there.
Because I'm There weare looking.
Because I'm working off other things.
and later on, I am just gonna pullit back so I got the tip sticking through.
Later on, we will then bury these posts, butI just wanna make sure they are all level first.
And I'm just lining it up where theyneed to be.
Its a bit awkward ok I can leave that go now a minute and drive this one home.
So, That's another post done.
and, we willgo along now to the next one.
Now, for those who haven't seen this tunnel before theseare pull out windows, now at the moment they are obviously just netted.
But there is windowsthat go in and I don't think I am going to recover them when I recover the polytunnelbecause they are ok.
These windows will go in and then it can stop the wind.
The greatthing about doing it this way is the fact that we have total control over the humidityover the temperature and everything within the polytunnel.
One thing you will find witha lot of polytunnels is that they are very under ventilated and in the summer temperaturesget so high things get scorched and before you know it your running shading over things.
And This helps us to prevent all of that as we control the temperature as we want.
Ifwe want to reduce it a little bit we can remove one window, and in the height of summer allthe windows are out.
and it gets a really good cross ventilation.
Right, let's crackon.