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Would this work to cover wood pile?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by kbrown, Oct 2, 2009.

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  1. kbrown

    kbrown Feeling the Heat

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    I'm looking for a presentable method to cover our wood piles. Since they are in our backyard in a suburban area, I have been banned from using the blue tarps, sheet metal roofing, etc. Since the consensus is that you only need cover the top, then I was wondering if this would be a good option: http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=10290-278-LB01&lpage=none

    The stacks are lined up along our fence line so they are only 2' deep at the most and long, in 8' lengths (see pic below). Those were taken last spring and are now full almost all the way to the top of the fence. I was thinking that the 3' width would be perfect as it may drape over the front edge to direct snow away and it would be easy to get to the wood this winter. Our other alternative is Harbor Freight tarps which we would have to cut to width and then come up with a method to hold them down. I really don't want to just throw logs on top to hold it down, but will if it comes down to it.

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  2. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Why not get some rubber roofing material? It would last for years and you can cut it to whatever width you want. It also will not be an eyesore. But then I don't see any problem with galvanized roofing unless it is all rusty. One could also find some fiberglass sheets to use as a top. With any of these, rubber roofing, galvanized (or painted), or fiberglass, you could make holes in the corners for tying it down.
  3. rathmir

    rathmir New Member

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    I use clear plastic drop cloths from sears. Is that whole backyard fenced with that privacy fence? Put a lock on the doors and tell em if they trespass on yer property, they'll be the next fuel for the woodstove.
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    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    Cover it with the bark that some think should be taken off.
    Who has banned tarps?
  6. kbrown

    kbrown Feeling the Heat

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    The wife is agreeable with most things except the blue tarps or metal roofing. I think it's because a couple years ago, my Dad had given me a bunch of the bright blue shrink wrap they use to winterize boats. He got a bunch free when driving by a marina and saw them throwing it out. I will agree that boy is it bright! We just went out to the local Home Depot and looked around; no rubber roofing there so I think I will call the local wholesaler on Monday and see what they have. I know one place wanted $250 for a 10' x 50' roll. Too much to spend; might as well turn the furnace on for two months at that rate. Don't have a Menards around me; closest one is hour drive. Is there a specific name to refer to when calling around for this stuff? I was thinking if I got a 10' wide roll I could cut it in 2-3' and 1-4' piece. What's the best method to cut it?
  7. kenny chaos

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    Look on line. There's many colors of tarps available.
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    Rubber (EPDM) roofing would be great. Modified bitumen is a close second. Not quite as flexible, but every bit as durable. Price is competitive with EPDM. I'm sure HD, Menards, or Lowe's will have it.
  9. rathmir

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    I'm tellin ya, clear plastic drop clothes for the win. They're like 4 bucks a piece or something. If I had realized that the ban had come from within, I would've suggested a different tactic. Although, threatening to turn her into fuel might work as well... ;)
  10. Tony H

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    it looks like you have some uprights along the one side what about cutting some plywood angled so the water will run off and making them into some bin like units.
    There was someone who posted pics in the couple of weeks of some very nice looking storage with a privacy fence back and a angled roof search for the thread below and take a look

    How much wood stored on your suburban lot?

    then you can use some big bright blue tarps to cover the lawn furniture
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    Know anyone who has a pool? My father-in-law replaces his pool cover every year. I didn't know this until recently so I told him I wanted it. This will leave me a new 30' x 50' black tarp every year.
    The Picture of your wife giving you "the finger" is priceless!
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    Check with any "lumber yard" that receives their wood on flatbeds. The material they use to cover the wood in transit is great...I think it's even breathable...and it's usually free! Normally the "outside" is white with some logo stuff on it, but the underside may be black.
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    I think you're taking the ban on metal roofing too seriously. You have really nice looking shed like racks. Bring the back up another 2 feet or so and make a triangle with the 2X4's then run 1X4 as stringers for the metal roofing to screw to. Have your wife go with you to a metal roofing manufacturer and pick out what color she wants. Go home and slave cutting the stuff in 2' lengths... then install a little perm. roof. It will look great. Ace has brown tarps if you're looking for something a little more earthy. But my first thoughts were still finishing the great looking racks you've built.



    edited to say... metal roofing if it's just a wife ban and not some city thing.
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    Nice brown tarp $12 @ Wal-Mart
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    If you live in a regulated community like that I would use what ever my wood burning neighbors use to pass inspection. Don't make it any harder than it is.

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    ...Oh so it was your wife then. OK go on line and find a color that she's agreeable with. Last couple of weeks I've been unable to find a green tarp so guess I'll be going on line to. Nice thing with tarps is that they fold up nice and can disappear come spring.
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    Those are what I use. They are the heavy duty ones too.
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    If you make a small piched roof with plywood, you can use this stuff. We call it storm sheild it is like a roll of shingles but you peel off the plastic underside and it will adhere itself to the plywood with a little sunshine to heat it up. $40-50 gets you a 3'x50' roll. We use it to seal roof vallies and areas that may have ice dams. We also use it on roofs with little pitch. keep the roll of it out of sun prior to putting it down also try to do it on a cool day and only peel one side of the plastic backing until you get it positioned.

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    I don't think storm shield is intended to remain exposed to the sun. UV deteriorates it after 6 months or so. I've seen some flat roofs (or low slope) where people use this stuff as the finished roof. After about 2 years it's all curled up. Read the manufacturer's install instructions on that stuff.

    Metal roofing looks great. Here's a pix of my wood shet. Lead (terne) coated stainless steel.

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    An alternative may be to use torch-down roofing but of course you need a big torch to apply it. Not sure how expensive it is but be careful not to set the plywood on fire.

    I had some high density fiberboard decorative panels left over from a project that my wife decided to use outdoors. I expected the stuff to fall apart after the first rain but it held together for years. It won't last forever but they are often on sale and come with fake woodgrain patterns. They are flexible enough to bend in an arch to give it added rigidity and shed rain.
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    So it does... Never left it exposed for more than a month. I didn't think sun would mess it up so much.
    Just learned something.
    Thanks.
  21. kbrown

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    Yea, I saw that thread. That was a really nice wood storage. I am thinking of doing something similar to these units next season when there is a little more time. As for the amount, there are two cords along the side where the pic was taken, another 4 face cords along another fence line and probably another cord in piles stacked in various places. For this season it gives me 3 cords which we hope will be just enough as this is the first full season. The rest of the stuff we have is for 2010/11 as I will not burn it if it's not seasoned. Even some of that is oak which I will make sure to push it into the 2011/12 season just to make sure. As for the bright blue tarps, we put them down as weed barrier in another part of the yard covered by mulch! Every now and then you see some of it peek through!
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    What colors does that come in?
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    Just like the Model A Ford. Any color you want as long as it is black.
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    Is it just me, or is she flipping the bird in that picture?
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