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    Don't Laugh, they're free! - Hillbilly Tyvek Tarp Doors

    I got a little bored today, so I whipped up some Tyvek Tarp Doors/ Grizz Beaks for my BMJ out of a roll of tyvek I've had lying around for a few years:



    Dimensions are as follows:

    The vertical is 50" tall, the bottom is 40" long, and the side, or hypotenuse is 64" long, but I measured out 8" from the center of this line, and placed a point. I cut along a line from the corners to this point 8" out. This is what I use to connect the shock cord tie out to keep it sealed to the tarp. I gave myself seam allowances of 1" all around.

    I didn't have any tyvek tape around, so I just folded the edges over and ran a line of zig-zag stitches down each side. I used some grosgrain strips as reinforcements at each corner and added smaller grosgrain loops as tie-outs.

    Each door weighs 2.00 oz, or 57 grams. I figure that they're free, easy, light, and keep the wind and snow out (they aren't intended to keep driving rain out). I'm gonna have my daughter (who is functioning as the "center stake" in the picture above) crumple them up and open them a bunch of times to soften them somewhat and keep them less noisy.

    They'll get a shake down next weekend at the Ohio hang.

    What do ya think?
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    I'd never laugh at something like that ... mighty clever use of materials! Although I think you'll find that "center stake" will cost you a fortune over the next 15 years or more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawk-eye View Post
    I'd never laugh at something like that ... mighty clever use of materials! Although I think you'll find that "center stake" will cost you a fortune over the next 15 years or more!
    Hawk-eye; the name is right on. Brilliant post. Laughed a lot, or LOL. As a dad of three, young adults, truer words were never spoken.

    Still smiling.

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    LOL...my center stake weighs in at 35 lbs. She's been helping me with my DIY stuff, and is excited about taking her first trip this year (she'll be 5 in February).

    The ground is frozen solid outside right now, but as soon as I get the chance, I'll get some better pics with the doors attached outside.
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    Look fantastic to me! And just think. It'll cut down on the time you'd normally have to spend answering the question..."Hey, whatcha make them outter?"
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    Very good! Those should do the job quite well.

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    Just don't set it up in your yard or the local building inspector will come by and put a stop work order on your tarp.


    Great DIY, looking forward to seeing it at Ohang.

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