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#1 posted 01-24-2017 10:34 PM

Ian S,

I like dannmarks’ idea of enclosing the space to keep rain and what little snow you may get off the lumber. Additionally it would protect the lumber from direct sun light. The heat of the sun on portions of the lumber could cause a lot of undesirable wood movement.

Rather than a solid enclosure, a ventilated enclosure with a moisture barrier on the ground would be my approach. The ends and the access doors could be made from two layers of pressure treated lattice. The layers of lattice could be separated by 1×3 furring strips vertically mounted with the lattice sheets screwed to each side of the furring strips and offset from one another. The offset would block rain and snow from entering the enclosure. The open but offset open squares in the lattice would allow the enclosure to breath.

I have found that the propylene tarps and shower curtains last only about a year in Ohio before the ultraviolet light from sunlight cause them to become brittle, causing tears and disintegration.

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