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Old 09-14-2018, 07:19 PM
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Does anybody stash plastic drop sheets like you would use for painting? to me it looks like it might be a perfect low cost option to insulate in the case of a significant NBC environment. Great for the budget prepper, apartment dweller, etc. You would have to be cognizant of various openings such as attic ventilation and such but combine with some quality duct tape should offer good vapor control. Would also help with insulating from drafts in cold environments. Any thoughts? Obviously thicker is better, but would the 4mil heavy duty stuff at the local hardware store be sufficient?
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The big box stores also sell 6 mill body disposal.... I mean plastic sheeting, and lime too.
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The painter plastic sheets are pretty light and rip easy. Better off just paying a bit more for a more robust sheet. Whats your life worth?
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Yes, we have rolls of the light ones and the much thicker ones, and rip resistant tarps as well. You never know when a branch will knock a hole in your roof, something will knock out a window, or you need to cover a stack of building supplies in the driveway. Especially the light weight stuff it's not a big problem to get a half dozen rolls and stash them in a box in the shop. If you're up late at night and decide it's time to paint the den bright orange (or hopefully some more sane color) you have what you need.
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Old 09-14-2018, 09:32 PM
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If you're curious, yes I painted one wall of the den bright orange at midnight. Being a notorious insomniac I do a lot of things in the middle of the night. Intending the wall to finally be CreamCicle, I first did the orange. Whole family got up in the morning to find the whole room plastic sheeted and the first layer of paint drying with no idea that later I would rag dab cream white to complete the CreamCicle look. They only assumed it was time to call the nice young men in the clean white coats.
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Handy to store things long term as well.

We have a few boxed shipping pallets (pallets with a plywood box & lid, lid closes via metal clips). Not air tight, so I took some heavy mil plastic sheeting cut and lined them. Then a second sheet uncut and lined them, then stowed what we have in them.

Mostly cased manufactured ammo. Some extra less used foul weather gear. Etc.

The second sheets are large enough to fold over the top of stowage several times, kinda like a gigantic sandwich bag or burrito. Rechargeable dessicants inside with the stowage, close the lid.

Agin though, not air tight. But wrapped up as they are with the dessicants, very good moisture protection. As intended.

Been doing that several years now, only recharged dessicants maybe once, and that was simply during an inventory check. Dessicants did not actually require it (bead colors had not fully changed).

Might pick up a few more, but not a need, for us anyways. Have multiple sizes of tarps on hand, for various use, as well as heavy mil contractor trash bags.

Cheapo thin painters plastic is just that, and have those with the painting crap.


The crates I found (craigslist) are similar to these u-line ones here:

Except the boxes of ours are 4’x3’x2’, plus the pallet under. Rated at a 2K+ pounds too.

Got half a dozen for less than the price of one of those u-lines I linked above.

Used one to make a mini moveable outdoor storage “shed”. Added a swing up hinged lid, angled like a roof for weather. Perfect size for tall 30lb propane tanks + milsurp plastic 5g gas cans. + Other volatile stowage we don’t want in the garage or regular shed. Handy.

Gave a couple away to acquentences.
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Yes, we keep several rolls of of 10'X25' 6 mil plastic sheet in black & clear at both the house and the BOL*. It's called clear but really translucent.

I have used pcs of each for a painting drop cloth and keep them for other projects.

Covered our small raised bed garden spot to keep weeds from growing over the winter

Could be used for an expedient temporary roof repair
window fix
window insulation

I used a small scrap piece to make a waterproof, black out curtain over the small bathroom window at the cabin. It's shiny when new and looks like it's supposed to be there.

After it's used a few times it goes dull and is subdued. A piece we used for painting blends very well with the dark field and the different paints we have used when placed out side near foliage . So, it's a great camo cover for our 48", ATV pulled, yard mowing deck at the property.

We have not really bought many rolls over the years. If/when I need a piece out of a new roll. I buy another roll to keep on hand.

We did buy two new rolls to keep on hand for the property.
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I have drop clothes but use them for home repairs. I have several rolls of plastic heavy sheeting. I use them every winter on the north windows in my old home. They make a big difference. Also handy for leaks and other emergency repairs. I'd recommend a roll for every homeowner and 2 or 3 for a prepper.
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Old 09-15-2018, 05:42 PM
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We have a variety of thicknesses and sizes of plastic sheeting, mostly for protection from rain damage (yes, sometimes 'it pours, man it pours' in CA). Started stockpiling it after noticing that the mother-in-law's backyard slope really needed more plants to stabilize it from mud-slides. That problem was taken care of after being reminded how much it would cost to remediate her, and the neighbor's, property if the hill did slip.

Also used for painting and the (thankfully) rare plumbing jobs.
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