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Old 05-05-2011, 12:02 AM   #1
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Tips for tarping an unroofed structure to keep out rain?


I have all the sheeting off of my roof and suddenly the weather man is calling for rain 4 days out when yesterday we had clear skys for weeks .

Does anyone have tips for tarping my roof? I guess I need to put the sheeting on temporally and buy a tarp? Will one of the cheap blue tarps do? Or do I need to get something better? Sounds like it is not going to be a big storm.

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You have it----Buy tarps---good ones--attach some furring strips on top to keep the wind from lifting the tarp.---And pray.---Mike---

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I had a similar problem, I stapled the tarp around the edges, and threw plastic bags of dirt around to help hold it down.
I held up just fine to the storm, and it was a pretty windy one too.

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I had a similar problem, I stapled the tarp around the edges, and threw plastic bags of dirt around to help hold it down.
I held up just fine to the storm, and it was a pretty windy one too.

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Thats funny,,,,,but it worked for you,,,Hahahaha,,,,Your username seems to fit,,,,,,Danger,,,Like that.


I have tarps specifically for heavy rains.They are not cheap but the result otherwise could easily out weight the price of the tarps.The thicker the better.I would stay away from the blue tarps sold at some chain stores.Lowe's and Home depot have some thick silver ones that work great when doubled.I double tarp everything,,,,I am funny that way.

I agree with the statement about boards holding the edges for wind gusts etc.If possible nail some partial/full sheets.And if you have shingles on site weigh the tarps down with full unopened bundles over the areas of partial decking .

Make sure the tarps are as tight as possible allowing the water to keep rolling off the roof.The partial sheets with full unopened bundles will assist with the tarp not settling between the trusses.Then pulling the tarp down inside because of the weight and movement of the tarp filling up with water.

If bubbles or lapped areas are not as flat as possible the water can build up and back up along the seems.I also recommend double tarping.If you double tarp make sure the 2nd tarp offsets the first one.I also run a 2"x4" along the vertical seems.

And prayers,,,,yes some prayers are good too.

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Well, it was a slant roof on my shed too, about 12/2 pitch....

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