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#84722 - 02/04/07 03:49 PM Re: Tarping
Arney Offline

Registered: 09/15/05
Posts: 2485
Loc: California
Nice tips, Sue. Thanks for that.

#84723 - 02/04/07 04:40 PM Re: Tarping
Misanthrope Offline

Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 156
Loc: Chicago burbs
Another little tip. When storing any tarps with a high rubber content, sprinkle the tarp with some baby powder or something similar (foot powder, talc). I've had rubberized tarps bond to themselves in long-term storage so strongly that you could not unfold them without damage.

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#84724 - 02/04/07 06:04 PM Re: Tarping
readyone Offline

Registered: 02/14/04
Posts: 55
Loc: Florida
You may want to predrill nail or screw holes in the wood to prevent splitting the wood when it is time to "lay tarp".

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#84725 - 02/05/07 04:36 AM Re: Tarping
capsu78 Offline

Registered: 01/09/07
Posts: 98
Loc: Chicagoland IL
Thanks Susan,
What strategy would you use for buying the tarps- many small sections lower cost tarps, or splurge on largest coverage area possible? I can see arguments for both, but would like to hear what you observed.
In a non hurricane area, would I be striving to have 50% roof coverage on hand, more than that or in a real world would having enough to cover say 100 sq feet cover 80% of scenarios?
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#84726 - 02/05/07 08:29 PM Re: Tarping
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
I would go with the largest if I could, simply because of the force of wind-driven rain. But it's expensive. I had to buy mine fast, so I couldn't shop around. But I've since noticed that Harbor Freight online does have some sales that look pretty good.

I have no idea how much coverage you should have. Some is better than none, and if there is a widespread wind/rain problem, you might be hard put to find any at all.

Of course, you could collect enough to cover your entire home, and if you only needed a % of it, you could probably sell the rest to the neighbors! <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

It's the same old question: how much is enough? How much is too much?


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