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earthyvirgo



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 15 12:26 pm    Post subject: Huge tarpaulin (or similar) required  Reply with quote    

We'll soon be clearing the ground for our house foundations and we'll need a huge tarp (or several) to cover the area to stop any weed re-growth for a while.

Just wondering if anyone had ever had to source similar and where best to start looking for such a thing?

When I say huge, we're looking at an area approx. 10m x 15m ...or a bit bigger would be even better.

Thanks in advance for any brilliant ideas!
EV

sean
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 15 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No idea, sorry. Fish & Bird are going to Bangor though. You should go and see them. http://fishandbird.ca/

Nick



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 15 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bought one from eBay. Let me see...

Nick



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 15 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DURABLE-WATERPROOF-TARPAULIN-CAMPING-GROUND-SHEET-COVER-90g-TARPS-/161173633286?var=&hash=item2586b27906:m:mo4hTSccqZMRt2hv5W4OhEA

earthyvirgo



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 15 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DURABLE-WATERPROOF-TARPAULIN-CAMPING-GROUND-SHEET-COVER-90g-TARPS-/161173633286?var=&hash=item2586b27906:m:mo4hTSccqZMRt2hv5W4OhEA


Thanks Nick - have just been told it probably needs to be heavy duty polythene.

EV

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 15 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

a few phone calls to scrap yards might source some lorry curtain siding.

it is about as heavy duty as it gets and since the multiple slash and climb attempts to cross the channel,sneaky robbery and normal wear and tear there must be a lot of it available

alternatively the "surplus" trade usually has a lot of part tentage etc etc .

Nick



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 15 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

earthyvirgo wrote:
Nick wrote:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DURABLE-WATERPROOF-TARPAULIN-CAMPING-GROUND-SHEET-COVER-90g-TARPS-/161173633286?var=&hash=item2586b27906:m:mo4hTSccqZMRt2hv5W4OhEA


Thanks Nick - have just been told it probably needs to be heavy duty polythene.

EV


When we needed miles of that to stem back the floods, we bought a huge roll of damp proof membrane which is thick black, light proof plastic from our builder merchant.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 15 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I might have something suitable: some bits of an old marquee and similar stuff.
How soon do you need it?

onemanband



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 15 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can I question the point of covering it over ?

If you are just clearing undergrowth as an initial site clearance, then whatever grows back between now and digger arriving won't be a problem.

If you are clearing the topsoil and preparing for or doing footings - again I wouldn't bother.
I definatly wouldn't cover the site in polythene whilst footings are dug as you will flood them !
Polythene will be a trip hazard, a slip hazard, a pain in the arse to keep weighting down and over that area will just form ponds and wherever it rips that area will get saturated.
If you insist in covering, use something permeable and safe(er) to walk on

Personally I would just scrape off any weed growth with a shovel when required.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 15 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You can get the black plastic they use for covering fields from an agricultural merchants. It is huge, and reasonably priced and if used double thickness should exclude all light. We used it single thickness on our log store which is bigger than you want, and it survived for a couple of years.

earthyvirgo



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 15 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks for all the responses, not ignoring them, just snowed under with things that need doing ....

EV

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