This is how we did it...
This is the beginning, so you see where we started.
We first built supports to hold the stringers that we would staple the plastic sheeting to. We decided on a 6 inch slope to be sure the water would drain, and built the supports 8 feet from the cabin wall that would create a 3" slope and then another set at the end of the deck to create the 6" slope. In addition to these supports, we installed stringers from the cabin ledger the entire 16" out to the edge of the deck floor. (If you have any questions about this and additional how to instructions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
We chose to use a clear 6 ml plastic sheeting, we bought ours at Lowe's. Since the sheet is 10' wide, we installed the stringers at 9'8", giving us a little room for error with the plastic sheet. We also measured the length of each stringer from cabin to deck floor edge, taking the greatest length and using that to measure our sheet of plastic. We also measured and cut for the spots the posts and supports that would be in our way as we installed the plastic sheets.
This is the first sheet we installed...
This is sheet 2 installation...the first side having been attached to the stringer. We used an electric stapler to attach sheet 2 on top of sheet 1 on the stringer. We then used white duct tape to seal the overlap to keep water from seeping in between any gaps. We also used tape to seal the gaps around the posts and supports of the deck floor. If you look closely at the photo above, you will see that.
We then attached the second side along the cabin. This becomes a little tricky, because you are now working with the plastic over your head (that is Johny under the sheet on the right, ha ha...sometimes there are advantages to being the one recording things!).
Here is the end result, 2 sheets worth. You can see how much space this will gain us if it all works as we hope it will!
The first photo I shared demonstrated how well our experiment worked after our recent snow and thaw...I hope every sheet we install is as successful! One more sheet to go, and that will give us 30' of under deck coverage!
Sometimes, I feel like a mad scientist...well, not mad, but filled with the excitement of creating something because you just know it will work! Love it!!!
Have you ever made something driven by your excitement about it and what it can do? There are some of you I know out there that have, please share...!
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