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Old 01-09-2014, 10:34 AM   #1
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Hello DIYers & Handymen!

We had a big snow storm recently that covered my wooden Oil Tank Box in snow. I wanted to make sure I had oil left so I decided to try to lift the lid despite the large pile of snow on top. The wooden lid of course broke and now my oil tank is exposed to the elements.

Because the lid broke so easily I'm pretty sure the wood is either rotten or rotting so it may not be worth repairing the lid, however I am open to suggestions.

I've posted pictures that show the lid and where it is broken.

My initial thoughts were that since this cover is outside and exposed to the elements, that wood is not the ideal material and plastic might be better, but I'm having trouble locating an affordable large plastic sheet that will be durable enough to be lifted when I or the Oil Man needs access to the tank. I will continue to look but it seemed that something like a strong, clear plastic sheet would work great as it would be weatherproof, durable and I could see through it to see how much oil I have left without needing to lift the lid. Does anyone have ideas for how to better protect my oil tank for a reasonable price (looking to stay under $100)? Or have a material in mind that I should be looking for? The current lid is 68"x35"

Thank you so much for any and all help!
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Ayuh,.... Build a new wooden cover, 'n cover it with roofin' paper or shingles,...

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I used to live in NH and never once saw an oil tank with a cover over it.
How is the oil man suppose to be able to even get to the fill plug with a cover that close to the tank covered in snow?
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I believe the fill pipe is outside the box. I've had no complaints from my Oil Man. I'm just looking for something to keep the tank contained from rain and snow.
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My mistake I missed the extension pipe.
Going to have to add some rafters to support the roof, cover with plywood, then tar paper, add drip edging then shingles.
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Being that old lid has weathered along with everything in that area anything new there would look awful. Just add enough more cleats to the bottom side to make it stable and if you still have the broken off piece include it in the repair.
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Personally I would build it out of Trex for the top, with Pressure Treated or Composite Lumber for the framing. You could use Fiber Cement Siding like this http://www.gaf-weatherside.com/ It should outlast the house.
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Does anyone think that Plastic (plexiglass, pvc, etc...) would work or is there something about plastic that wouldn't work? Too flexible? Too expensive?
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I would build a solid frame and cover it with metal roofing. It will be lighter than if you cover it with shingles or roll roof.
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Does anyone think that Plastic (plexiglass, pvc, etc...) would work or is there something about plastic that wouldn't work? Too flexible? Too expensive?
Plastic or even Plexiglass, will shatter in extreme cold.
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And anything will sag without more support.
There also should be some form of flashing up under that siding and over the roof.
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What do you think about using plywood with rafters for support and then just painting it with weatherproof paint?
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What do you think about using plywood with rafters for support and then just painting it with weatherproof paint?
Ayuh,.... I think it'll Rot,..... just not as quickly, but it'll Rot,...
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If you use exterior grade or pressure treated plywood you will likely be fine.
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run some 2x4 around the rest of those sides...to give the new sub roof something to grab onto...wood pallets scrap plywood 3/4" build it up and cover with tar paper and a pack of shingle..like doing a roof.

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