Using tarp over run for rain/snow?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by wilobrookfarms, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. wilobrookfarms

    wilobrookfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well....
    I have 2 10x10 dog kennels side by side for "runs". Here's my problem. I spend 2 days adding tarps to tops of runs to keep everyone drier. I used 2x4,s spanned across top for support, and then ziptied the tarp to the outside frames. Everything looked so nice, and I was so excited my girls would stay dry. (They always look like drowned rats after a rain). We have been drizzling rain off and on for days. Anyway... a good rain just went thru, and when I went out to tuck everyone in tonight, the "roof" has acquired "pools" of water in between supports! Is there anyway to solve this, without building a whole complicated structure? (I'm on my own here! Hubby has no interest in my feathered kids. I can cut and nail boards, thats about it!)
    Any thoughts?[​IMG]
     
  2. san415

    san415 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe you can raise up one side?? To let the water runoff. Not sure if thats workable, my skills are also a bit lame. I dont even like to cut the boards. Though I will if I have to. Maybe you can take a 2x4 and nail it on its side, so its taller, to the one end of the other 2x4s that span your run. Does that make sense to you? Not sure i I am being clear.
     
  3. cluckinthecity

    cluckinthecity Out Of The Brooder

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    I've spent too much time dealing with one of those over the patio top things, and water pooling. With the dog kennels pieces being so sturdy, and tarps having grommets...can you cinch everything up tight between those two points ? A nifty knit like project. [​IMG]
     
  4. wilobrookfarms

    wilobrookfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did have the thing cinched tight with the grommets and zipties. You could bounce a quarter off it! lol But now, after removing water, things are a bit looser. I think the tarps stretched! I may try to raise the front with a 2x4. I had thought of that, but wasn't sure, since I thought my first project was a good idea too! If I was feelling richer, I'd cover it with corrugated tin with a nice pitch. But I was trying to be frugal, as I had the 2x4's and the tarps cost 22 dollars.
     
  5. Life is Good!

    Life is Good! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, the tarps did stretch.

    Yes, add a slight pitch on one edge - just be cautious of where the water will hit the ground, as it'll pool and likely freeze (if you're anywhere north) and turn into a skating pond.

    If you add some gravel or some rocks or pavers on the side where the water will hit the ground, it'll help disperse it without leaving a trench of mud (like my chicken coop, whoops!). Although, the chickens have found some GREAT treats in that pool of muck...it just leaves my shoes a wreck, that's all.
     
  6. cluckinthecity

    cluckinthecity Out Of The Brooder

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    You should get good use of those tarps for years, so that $ is always a worthy investment.
    Sorry your first trial didn't work so hot. I hate it when that happens. You'll get it figured out eventually. My best tip is probably to remember to wear galoshes anytime you are still ridding yourself of one of those over head puddles. [​IMG] I filled my shoes too many times before it was over.

    Good luck. [​IMG]
     
  7. cluckinthecity

    cluckinthecity Out Of The Brooder

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    .it just leaves my shoes a wreck, that's all.

    LOL.. we were posting at the same time, unknown to each other. [​IMG]
     
  8. Hey...Girrrl's

    Hey...Girrrl's Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in Northern Va. We have had rain for two weeks straight. I did the same thing with the tarp. We had two big pools of water fill last week. I have extra plastic roofing which I will install when it dries up some. Most hardware stores sell it back near the gutter area. They come in long sheets. I plan on installing a couple of 2x4's on one side of run so water/snow will fall to back of the run. Hope that helps. Good Luck. Looking forward to the first dry day tomorrow.
     
  9. frostbite

    frostbite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Plastic greenhouse roofing is not much tougher to install than those tarps, and they'll more likely shed the snow, rather than having it get caught up in sagging areas and rip through the tarps. Better for rain, to, and if you want to get fancy, you can use a rain gutter and a rain barrel so you don't have to haul so much water out there for your chickens to drink!
     
  10. wilobrookfarms

    wilobrookfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HMM... plastic roofing.? Is it corrugated similiar to pole barn siding? I might have to look into that. I,m trying to keep everything looking neat, not cobbled, and that sounds much more eye appealing. My tarps don't look to bad now, but if they keep pooling, I'm sure they will rip etc. and be a sight!
     

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