do not use a tarp!

lorihadams

Songster
11 Years
Sep 17, 2008
374
4
131
virginia
We had a tarp to cover our run and boy was it a pain, every time it rained I worried that it was going to collapse the pen (a 10x10 dog kennel). Eventually it did and we came home to find after a heavy downpour that the top bars of the pen were bent into oblivion. We decided to suck it up and build a roof. Here's the before and after pics.

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After our expenses it cost us about $50....the tin was free, some of the 2x4s were free and we had to buy the 4x4 posts and 4 of the 2x4x12s for the cross pieces. The most expense was the roofing tar at $12 a gallon and we had to get 2. the tin was old and starting to rust so we have to seal it. I wish we had done this last year and we would have saved ourselves a lot of money (on replacement tarps) and heartache and worry!
 

1stepcloser

Poultry In Motion
10 Years
Sep 16, 2009
812
11
141
Dover, TN
Uh yah. We are learning the same lesson now.
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My first run is too tiny and the tarp makes a fabulous rain catcher. We will be buillding up, out, and with a roof this time.
 

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