please help make a leaf box - do i need to have vents in the roof?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by clydesdale, Nov 5, 2005.

  1. clydesdale

    clydesdale LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    I have a 7x12 dump trailer with a small truck loader. I have wood slat sides that have MINIMAL space between them, just from wood shrinking. The roof is currently open. Today we tarped the top, but leaves still manage to come out from under the sides of the tarp. So we are thinking about going to a plywood top with 2x2 to frame out the sides. What size plywood? will 3/8 or 1/4 be enough? The big question is, will we need to make vents in the roof to allow air to escape? Thanks
  2. Cigarcop

    Cigarcop LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    Yes, you need some sort of vent.

    Also what kind of tarp did you use for the top, if it was solid and not a mesh type tarp that was your problem, I would get a mesh tarp and use bungee's to hold it down tight, you'll get some dust flying but nothing should escape.
  3. clydesdale

    clydesdale LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    what size do the vents need to be? I have four 56 square inch vents from home depot.
  4. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    If it were me, I would buy some of that 1/2'' X 1/2'' square galvanized steel mesh from the depot. Cut a piece maybe 1X2 and frame it in with 2X4's.
  5. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,309

    Stick with the mesh tarp, take a couple rachet straps and secure it so the leaves don't blow out. You'l get some blow out no matter what kind of ventilation you use.

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