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Hello everyone, I'm in the early planning stages for this year's walkthrough and have already hit a snag. I have a double carport that I was intending to turn into a witches cave. I plan on creating the cave walls using chicken wire and brown paper, or maybe chicken wire and paper mache. My snag is that the less than a year old carport is made entirely of metal. It's the typical metal carport with the metal frames that are anchored into the concrete driveway. I'm completely stuck on how to attach any kind of fake cave wall and ceiling to this carport. I've considered magnets but I'd like to avoid spending my budget on those neodymium magnets. Any thoughts??
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Could you unscrew (a little bit) the screws,bolts holding the car port together,then get some metal pieces with two holes in it , one hole for the screw to pass through,the second hole for any wire or zip-ties. As long as the metal added piece does not have a sharp edge or a 90 degree edge ,or could be bent down for the rest of the year,maybe this solution could save time for every season? And yet be dependably strong.
 

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I see that I forgot to add that my carport is open on both ends, and the siding comes all the way down on both sides. I'd also like for there to be an inner wall, creating a winding partial s curve. Any ideas?

I think the ziptie route seems most popular. Have any of you actually done that?
 

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looking something like this
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with dimension 20 x 20 x12
Yes, that's the exact type of carport, mine has the less peaked and more rounded roof, but, yes, that's the kind of carport. I don't know the dimensions off the top of my head, but it fits 2 cars side by side.
 

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I want to turn that into a cave. I've got in my head that I can use chicken wire to make a general wall form, then cover it with crumpled brown butcher paper to make it look like rocks. I've also thought about taking heavy cardboard and zip tie ing it to those metal wall frame posts. Then stapling the chicken wire to that cardboard and then covering the chicken wire with the brown paper or with a paper mache (for that fresh cave look and feel!)
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you can make a wall out of pvc, wood pallets, or even hang plastic down from the roof depending on what you want it for direction flow or to hind whats around the corner depends on how high to make it then cost of materials you could make them look like stalagmites and maybe a few stalactites to keep the cave look
 

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Also too, if you have any old computers lying around or your local recycling center, there are these magnets that come from the hard drives that my hubby takes them off and we use them on the fridge, etc. Anywhere we need one around the house. But be careful, they are super strong and if your finger gets caught while you lay it down on the metal wall of your carport....ouch. Whatever you need to hold- that magnet will hold it. Wont budge.
 

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Would it be possible to get a bunch of cheap Dollar store shower curtains? You could staple them together for height if you carport is tall. Then crunch your craft paper and staple it to the shower curtains. Then use simple ring shower curtain rod rings to attach to various places in your carport.

You could do this in the center as well by putting the craft paper on both sides of the shower curtain. Just hang it on something. It wouldn't be sturdy but at least give you the illusion of the wall you wanted. You might have to weight it at the bottom if it's windy in your area.
 

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Also too, if you have any old computers lying around or your local recycling center, there are these magnets that come from the hard drives that my hubby takes them off and we use them on the fridge, etc. Anywhere we need one around the house. But be careful, they are super strong and if your finger gets caught while you lay it down on the metal wall of your carport....ouch. Whatever you need to hold- that magnet will hold it. Wont budge.
Those are the rare earth magnets! They are awesom, but impossible to come by here. The recycling center won't let people go thru what's been turned in, due to some insurance issue. I've already stolen the magnets from our old computers. But, magnets were what I was thinking of to attach the walls to the carport. Now I'm thinking magnets and zipties may be my route.
 

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We use our 2 bay garage. People come in either bay and look around. We found that brown tarps work really well for cave walls. When we store them we crumple them up and store them in a plastic bucket. The more crumpled the better. we hang the tarps by their grommets on nails in the exposed studs. you could use zip ties like others have suggested or those velcro cable ties you buy for computers (they are reusable). ours hang from the beams and touch the floor. we use close pins to secure two vertical seams together and hide the grommets. with the glossy finish of the tarps when candle light hits them the walls look like damp cave walls.



 

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Whoa! Not to side-track this thread but I really really really like...love the "tarp" idea. Lets see, it is easier to install then butcher paper, you can reuse it again and again, it can be found at reasonable prices, you don't care if it rains and it looks great. You have done well. Thanks!

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We use our 2 bay garage. People come in either bay and look around. We found that brown tarps work really well for cave walls. When we store them we crumple them up and store them in a plastic bucket. The more crumpled the better. we hang the tarps by their grommets on nails in the exposed studs. you could use zip ties like others have suggested or those velcro cable ties you buy for computers (they are reusable). ours hang from the beams and touch the floor. we use close pins to secure two vertical seams together and hide the grommets. with the glossy finish of the tarps when candle light hits them the walls look like damp cave walls.
 
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