I hope I made you proud "tyvekboy"

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Project by Ken Fitzpatrick posted 09-25-2011 06:00 PM 2325 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When we retired and downsized we went from two vehicles, to one gas economical vehicle and I had no way to get stuff around. I bought this small utility trailer (at a big box store) and put sides on it. It has met our needs.

When we went on vacation to the Cape last month with the rest of the family we all were in need of a way to bring the extras that make a vacation more comfortable. Since it has been raining in New England for a long time (will it ever stop) I was trying to figure out how to keep everything dry on the drive to the Cape and back without adding a whole lot of weight to this already weight restricted trailer.

It was then I remembered an earlier post by a fellow LJ who made things with Tyvek. I had a remnant of a roll laying around and this is what I came up with. It works like a champ. When on the highway I add the obligatory tie down straps (3) that keeps the cover from being picked up by the wind and flying off. Thanks again to tyvekboy for the inspiration. The cost was almost nothing since I did pay for it but it just was hanging around. It took about 2 hours and trip to the sewing store to pick up upholstry thread and needle. When my wife saw I wasn’t going to ruin her brand new sewing machine everything was ok again. Next up, covers for all my shop equiptment.

Once again thanks for the inspiration tyvekboy.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#1 posted 09-25-2011 06:11 PM

Great job, Ken! It is good to see such a quick and easy (and economical) fix! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 09-25-2011 07:13 PM

I like your creativity. I’ve sewn a few things with Tyvek. One was a wind sock. It lasted years. The stuff sometimes works better after you wad it up a few times to loosen it up. Nice going.

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#3 posted 09-25-2011 11:36 PM

Ken, about how large is the trailer I think this is a great idea for hauling wood in the future.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#4 posted 09-26-2011 12:03 AM

I don’t know about tyvekboy, but I couldn’t be prouder…

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#5 posted 09-26-2011 12:21 AM

For the last five years, folks that look at my shop from the rear think it’s made of Tyvek. I’m making the wood siding last longer by keeping it in the storage shed.

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#6 posted 09-26-2011 02:10 AM

Thanks for the comments. The trailer is 4’ X 6” and weighs (empty) approx 450 lbs. I’ll post a picture of the sides I built of 2X3’s and PVC lattice meant to keep weight down. According to the paperwork you could haul about 800 lbs. Not sure if I would ever do that for any distance, but around town no problem.

The cover does seem to work and handle much better now that it has been used quite a bit. Don’t think it weighs more than 1 1/2 lbs and definately keeps things dry.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#7 posted 09-28-2011 07:49 AM

Ken. Good job. You’ve made me REALLY proud.
Tyvek is just the neatest thing. Here are a few suggestions:

1. You don’t really need to sew the stuff unless you like to use the sewing machine. All you need to do is use contact cement for the seams. I use about 1 inch seams for my tool covers. Also this is more waterproof … no needle holes.

2. Next time you make a trailer cover, try this trick. Imbed a 1/4 inch cord (the bright colored one you can get at HD) in the bottom glued hem of the cover for reinforcement. You could then poke a hole near the edge in which you can hook a bungee cord.

3. Another alternative for tie-down attachment is to imbed in the corners (or whereever you need an attachment point) a triangular (or square) shaped piece of a plastic milk jug. Reinforce the corner with a layer or two of tyvek over and beyond the plastic to hold it in place and to further reinforce the tie-down point. Then get one of those brass grommet kits at HD. Punch a hole thru the middle of the plastic jug reinforcement and install the grommet. This is a technique that I used when I made the sail for my sailboat.

Sometimes when I make a bag out of tyvek (like a cover for my boom and sail for the sailboat) I sometimes need to close it off. I make a pocket hem thru which I place a cord so I can draw it closed.

Can’t wait to see your tool covers.

PS: If you park your cars outside during the winter, Keep a big piece of tyvek handy that can cover your car. When the next snow/ice storm hits, you’ll be ready. Just drape it over your car and secure it. When the storm passes, all you’ll have to do is go out and shake the ice and show off and drive away. If you want to get carried away, you can always make a custom fitted winter car cover for your car. LOL

No more scraping ice off the windows. I did that the last time we had a winter storm here in the Atlanta area.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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