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pinning it down, tacking it up

A close shot of the back part of the roof, showing a couple inches of rafter sticking out of the wall, plywood above that, & on top, the white tarp.

One thing I was VERY careful to do when I put the plywood on the roof was NOT to put screws right at the edge of each rafter. I had a Plan. (This one worked.)

I knew I wanted to hold the edges of the tarp down VERY FIRMLY indeed, so I decided to wrap the edges of the tarp around the edges of the plywood & screw everything down there. I trimmed the tarp down until just a couple inches stuck out past the edge of the plywood, tucked it between the plywood & the very end of the rafter, & had at with the drill & driver.

Even closer; the edge of the tarp is tucked between the rafter & the plywood.

Just that does a nice job of holding the tarp down, but there’s still raw edges showing, & when it comes to driving down the highway, I see no need to screw around when I can, instead, screw things down.

I didn’t realize I was going to phrase it that way until most of the way through the last sentence; behold what my brain gifts me with when I am REALLY TIRED.

So I bought some cheapass-but-cool-lookin plastic trim (I know, but I needed it to bend), cut pieces to fit between the rafters, tucked the tarp between the plywood & the trim, & once again fastened Things to Things.

Y’all, I am HAPPY with it.

A length of the kind of trim that goes around the edges of doors is fastened to the bottom edge of the plywood, spanning the distance between two rafters & holding down the edge of the tarp.

… I’d’ve been happier with it if the plywood hadn’t wound up sticking out past the ends of the rafters on one side, but one does what one can with what one has. Which in my case is an ENTIRE lack of being able to do ANYTHING straight. (Y’all I’m tired enough I’m punning on purpose.)

The same view, from below; the plywood sticks out past the ends of the rafters, leaving a gap past the end of the rafter & between the trim pieces on either side.

It still looks really cool though! (I’ll be painting the plywood LATER, on account of NOT NOW.)

& then I did the same thing down the ENTIRE LEFT WALL, except I skipped the bit with the rafters & used boring trim because nobody’s gonna see that anyways.

A view down one side of the roof; the tarp is wrapped around the edge of the plywood, again, & underneath, holding it in place, is a long piece of plain white trim.

It has been HELLA WINDY & that part of the roof has. Not. Moved.


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