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Offline alanh

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cheap tops for outside drying
« on: September 20, 2017, 10:21:55 am »
Seeing as how the day job throws out hundreds of these a year I figured I would share this. These snowmobile, atv, and side by side crate sides and tops make good covers for the stickered stacks. If there is a dealer near you I`m sure they`d be happy to get rid of some. Some of the side by side ones are 7 x 12 ft.

  

 

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Re: cheap tops for outside drying
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2017, 05:58:46 pm »
Those would be dandy!
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Re: cheap tops for outside drying
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2017, 11:16:32 pm »
Any top is highly subject to wind damage or getting blown off, so fasten them well.  A foot or so overhand is a good idea.

GENRALLY, they improve the quality of the top three to five layers by keeping rain off.  Financially, the are quite beneficial.
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Re: cheap tops for outside drying
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2017, 09:30:12 am »
Yup, the free part means I use enough for a 2-3 ft overhang, depending on what I`m covering I either screw them right to the pile or bungee them to a lower sticker

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Re: cheap tops for outside drying
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2017, 12:14:33 pm »
I am not sure if they still use these,but several years I knew a guy that worked for a sign company. They used some pretty good and heavy material for billboards, that was a one time thing. He gave me several of these that were as big as the billboard they were covering, you can then cut them to any size you wanted. I used to see these laying under billboards at times, was why I ask about them. They would be perfect for covers and last just shy of forever if a guy could get his hands on a few of them.
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Re: cheap tops for outside drying
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2017, 05:39:38 pm »
starmac google used billboard tarps .$ 50 14 x48
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Re: cheap tops for outside drying
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2017, 07:02:48 pm »
How does a billboard tarp compare to say a cheap chinese fabric garage canvas?  Think itd hold up better or worse?

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« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2017, 07:38:13 pm »
Mike, I would think better, they were heavy duty and you could cut them any size you wanted, without fear of the edges unraveling. I truly belive the ones I had would have lasted for years making covers for air drying, longer than I will anyway.
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Re: cheap tops for outside drying
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2017, 07:43:50 pm »
I get 3-5 years covering firewood .
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