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Hoop House Bi-Fold Door Stays Open
Quinton Tschetter found a simple solution to a common problem with hoop house doors. Keeping side-hinged doors open in the summer can be difficult because its easy for the wind to catch them.
I wanted a door that would stay open and yet be easy to open and close, says Tschetter. I decided to try a bi-fold and copied a concept Id seen on shop and equipment buildings.
Tschetter framed in the ends of a 26 by 65-ft. high tunnel for 8-ft. tall by 16-ft. wide doors. He made the two hinged panels of each bi-fold door with 1 by 4s, overlapping each other to secure 20-oz. canvas coverings.
I used the same type of canvas used on hoop houses designed to store equipment, says Tschetter. This minimized the weight of the folding doors.
Tschetter further reduced the labor needed to open the doors, cutting the weight of the doors in half with a 4-rope, 2-pulley system. I have to pull the door out a little to start it, but once it gets started, it is easy to lift with the pulleys.
Tschetter has a bi-fold door at either end of the high tunnel and a walk-through door at one end. At one time, we had seven large hoop houses devoted mostly to flowers, says Tschetter. I tried a lot of different door designs, and this is the one I like the best.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Quinton Tschetter, 2379 Hwy. 92, Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577 (ph 641-660-9765; qct1944@gmail.com).

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