Waterlogged Plywood

Destroyed Roof
Destroyed Roof

Anyone think that this disaster can be saved?

Our mausoleum roof is deteriorating rapidly from a bad case of the wasgonnas. I was gonna break it down and stack on the deck behind the house. I was gonna throw a tarp over it.

Yeah, I know. Bla bla bla. What did I expect? Fine. I got it. But can it be saved?

The roof is 1/4″ plywood. If I bring it inside and dry it out, I’m wondering if there is enough integrity left in the material that it can be glued and mashed back together. After that, it could be covered with a waterproof laminate.

It’s pretty squishy, so I’m not optimistic. Moisture is probably all that’s holding it together right now and it’s a good bet it will turn to dust after it dries out.

What we have here is an object lesson in “Oh, it’ll be fine”.
It almost never will.

6 Responses to “Waterlogged Plywood”

  1. 1/4″ plywood? i don’t think it will ever be flat again, or even anywhere close.. you should probably plan on replacing it next season.

  2. Oh yes, the wasgonnas. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t suffer from them. (Who in the world would say, “What did you expect?” to you? That’s like throwing stones in a glass house).

    I think it’s done for. :( On the plus side, if you redo it, you can incorporate some design changes that help with storage ease and setup/teardown. Does that get your mad scientist juices flowing? :)

  3. You know, the funny thing is that it was designed to be easily taken apart. The whole top comes off with just two bolts.

    In any case, I think the general consensus is that it’s toast. Soggy toast. But it won’t be that big a deal to replace. I think.

  4. Well if you want to go for the rustic look (very rustic) just bandage it up and seal it well. Or just replace it to avoid a challenge.

  5. Not that I’m opposed to a challenge …
    We’ll probably end up replacing it.

  6. Maybe when you replace that you can use the weathered and now aged wood for something else? Hey what an idea. That’s what I would do. Oh ya. And drink some brew so that the creative juices can go to work.