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    Quote Originally Posted by keletkezes View Post
    I would suggest felting it too. I would strip that membrane out: it's more trouble than it's worth. Just take a knife all round the edge, that will be enough to do away with it. Left in, it risks making the roof mouldy as you need to weather-protect the outside not just inside, so the wood stays in good condition. I suspect the top of the roof might be joined at the middle, no 'apex' cover, as I had to fit one my little hutch:



    [And of course I don't have a picture of the hutch originally :S]

    The join separated and stated letting water in, so I just slapped a bit of felt over and nailed it down (with the correct nails ). Not leaked since and I must've done this during Lopsy's first winter with us (2014-15). It's not pretty but it is effective
    This is the hutch and a close up of the roof, I've worked out that the roof slats aren't overlapped and it relies on the black membrane on the inside to keep it dry... Which I don't really understand? Because that means that water would be getting between the black membrane and the wood when it rains? :S I've emailed the company but not sure how far that'll get me, only had it since the summer so not very impressed. I may have to felt over the entire roof because it's not leaking at the top, but everywhere... Haha not sure how easy that'll be though as the roof lifts up for cleaning there's not a lot of places to nail the felt to.

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    Oh man, that is a TERRIBLE roof design, as I'm sure you're well aware now! You should lay felt across and nail it (using proper roofing tacks) to the two short edges, then leave a lip where you lift it up Don't use the cheapest felt you can get, it's not worth the money: get the next-best and that'll last loads longer. So, when you get the roll, roll it along the roof so there's quite a bit hanging down at the back as well, which you could nail to the back of the hutch to secure it. If you want to secure the front I suggest you nail it along the top, not on the little bit of the side as that looks far too fiddly!

    Come Summer it might be worth replacing the roof with a single-sheet to make it lighter, but you could retain the lifting mechanism if you wanted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keletkezes View Post
    Oh man, that is a TERRIBLE roof design, as I'm sure you're well aware now! You should lay felt across and nail it (using proper roofing tacks) to the two short edges, then leave a lip where you lift it up Don't use the cheapest felt you can get, it's not worth the money: get the next-best and that'll last loads longer. So, when you get the roll, roll it along the roof so there's quite a bit hanging down at the back as well, which you could nail to the back of the hutch to secure it. If you want to secure the front I suggest you nail it along the top, not on the little bit of the side as that looks far too fiddly!

    Come Summer it might be worth replacing the roof with a single-sheet to make it lighter, but you could retain the lifting mechanism if you wanted.
    I know looks good but it's so flawed haha I've got a tarp over it currently so it could stop getting ruined inside but I may have to felt over the top which kinda sucks, it wasn't cheap. Have to sort something out next week so I can get the bunny back out there. I haven't heard back from company yet either, not sure there'll do anything anyway it's very disappointing though considering how long I've had it and the cost.

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