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Old 05-05-2015, 09:53 AM   #1
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Default Help roof cover leaking

hi im new to this forum so hope someone will be able to help,

I bought a 18 foot yurt (cotton canvas) last year to hire out but since then I've had nothing but problems with the roof cover, there are a few faults 1 - is they seem to have used a needle too big for the thread (only in places) 2 - the roof cover seems to be quite lose on the frame (only towards the bottom) so when it rains it tends to hold water in a couple of places between the roof poles (either side of the door and a bit around the back mainly) and 3 - the seam going around the bottom of the roof cover seems to be quite high so the rain tends to run down and hit the stitching before it can run off the cover

In an ideal world i would just make a new roof cover but funds are very tight at the minute and cant afford a roll of canvas

Ive tried reproofing it with nikwax cotton proof but still having problems

My only possible solution at the moment that i can think of would be to (cut) open up the canvas and add another triangular segment and refit the cover to allow the bottom seam to drop down lower so the rain can run off before it hits the stitching, add some taps at the bottom of roof cover maybe 8- 10 taps spread around the roof cover so I'm able to tie it down to the ground and pull the whole cover down tighter, and then finally maybe reproof again with a stronger solution

Sorry quite hard to explain in words but as i said new to this forum so not sure how to upload pics yet but will do so as soon as i work it out lol

But any ideas would be greatly appreciated
Thanks julian

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Old 05-05-2015, 05:40 PM   #2
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I can imagine your frustration--I've setup my yurt twice now, adjusted it once more and I still haven't gotten a 'perfect' fit/lay with the canvas. But I haven't had the problems you're describing.

Some details that would help us understand where you're coming from--what kind of yurt is it? Modern yurts often have roof poles that attach just to a cable, allowing you to shift them around. Was the yurt cover made by the same people as the frame? What weight of canvas? Was it duck canvas or a similar tight weave? What kind of seam was used? Have you talked to the maker?

As for suggestions: look at your frame, specifically the roof poles--are they tight up in the crown ring?; adjust your tension cable/band (shorten it to push the roof poles up more, making the yurt diameter smaller (inches) which should let your bottom seam hang down further. Don't over tighten or you could break something.

I got a can of Otter Wax to test on my canvas, but it proved to be heavy & tight enough that waxing it wouldn't have helped any (for now). It's a thick, natural wax that is applied with either heat or friction. Might be worth considering.

Or get a couple of used lumber tarps, seam-weld them together, and use it as a sacrificial rain cover.
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Old 05-05-2015, 06:42 PM   #3
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I read some time ago of a guy that mixed silicone caulk with paint thinner.and rolled it onto the canvas when it drys it makes like a rubber seal and the smell dissipates with time.
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I have a two piece cotton canvas yurt cover. To keep the roof cover lashed down tight I stitched loops about every two feet all around its perimeter. I rope the loops down to a low cable around the base of the

yurt platform

. That keeps the cover VERY snug.

BTW my guess is your cover might have shrunk, as mine did. That would effectively raise the stitching at the wall. Paint the stitching with the mixture Marshall mentioned or just dilute latex paint with water and paint that on the seams. I wouldn't add another pie wedge shaped segment to the cover unless it just got way too short.

Start saving for another cover and make CERTAIN you give yourself two feet of overlap at the wall as it will shrink a good foot or more. If the cover is really narginal just paint it with diluted latex 50% with water.
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