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« on: February 12, 2011 02:04:21 PM »

I am working on making outdoor sleep mats/rugs for our three dogs to use this coming summer on the porch when they're outdoors.  Problem is, the roof over our porch leaks like nobody's business and I want the pups to have a dry place to lie down if they happen to be stuck outside when it rains (which happens often during the summer when we're all at work/school).  I had the idea to make a big plarn mat to put under the cloth rug to help, since I can put them away from the actual leak spot but not away from the puddles that accumulate.

I've never worked with plarn before, so I don't know if it is actually waterproof or if it would slip around and be useless.  Anyone have any ideas?
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2011 08:04:48 PM »

So, are you saying that you already have cloth rugs for them to lay on, and you are looking to make something to put under the rugs to keep the rug itself out of the accumulating water???

If that's the case, I think plarn would work. It's plastic, so it would be waterproof, although with constant exposure to wetness you'd probably want to spray and hang them to dry whenever the weather is clear to prohibit fungal/mildew growth.

You'd also want to use a thick plarn, and a BIG hook to make the under mat at least 1/2" thick, and even then, you might want to double it over, because the dog's weight will compress it quite a bit.

Hope you figure it all out!
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