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Best way to make a float stay afloat?

Asked by simone54 (7616points) February 19th, 2012

I’m building a small float to go on our pond. It’s going to be a safe place for our geese and ducks at night. We already built most of it but we don’t have anything to make it float.

It is a 4’ x 8’ frame made of 2×4s, with a ¼” sheet of plywood on top. It weighs about 70 lbs.

Considering it’s relatively small size it’s difficult to find something to make it float. Any ideas?

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ragingloli's avatar

How about a bag full of table tennis balls?

simone54's avatar

I forgot to mention we’re on a pretty tight budget.

ragingloli's avatar

empty milk cartons?

LuckyGuy's avatar

Used truck tire tubes. Ask for them for free at the gas station.

CWOTUS's avatar

You can always attach more wood at the base of the plywood sheet. In fact, you only need enough flotation to keep the plywood out of the water (so that it doesn’t disintegrate over time) when it’s weighed down with fowl. The closer to the water, the better, in fact, because it will be helpful if occasional wave action can help to clear it of the guano that will build up over time. I’d even suggest drilling holes in the plywood (small ones that webbed feet won’t penetrate) both to reduce weight and aid drainage.

Jeruba's avatar

A couple of logs like you’d put under a raft?

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