|Plumbers' tape secured with nylon zip ties|
A more plausible course of action is to create some shelter outside where the torrents cannot touch my girls. The Giant Sequoia next to the coop is perfect for holding the corners of a brown tarp. Ladder, tarp, fasteners--I need all that. Further consideration says that the fasteners need to be squirrel-resistant since there is a record of these rodents nipping down light strings, prayer flags and clothes lines. I plan with "not chewable" in mind--metal plumbers' tape and nylon zip ties (I'm praying for their hardest qualities). The time I spend in the bucketing rain should be a minimum if I'm not planning to recertify my own swimming credentials. Zip ties are my ally.
|Shelter from the storm|
With all four corners of the tarp secured to create an awning, the ground beneath becomes a space free from the puddling drops from the tree. Couldn't have used the stapler for this job. Any other fastener would have been troublesome at best as the rain ran down my arms through the up-turned cuffs. I have such good friends!