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Plastic Sheeting
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       There are a large number of uses for polyethylene plastic sheeting, because of these qualities:

  1. Its inexpensive.
  2. You can get it in very large sheets.
  3. Its waterproof and vapor proof.
  4. Painters use it as drop cloths. Its even sold that way.
  5. It can be held in place with masking tape to protect areas while using a paint sprayer.
  6. Almost nothing will stick to it, including paper mach and wet NFRC.
  7. It does have to be protected from the UV rays of the sun, and mechanical damage.
  8. It makes a good camp tent, or just lay it on the ground, and cover over your sleeping bags with it. Even during construction of your froggy.
  9. We hung it as a big tent to prevent freezing of rock-work during construction.
  10. In ordinary home construction its put under sheet rock on walls and ceilings, and over basement walls.
  11. In Vietnam, hoochs were kept dry with it.
  12. It will protect your carpet under your cat box.
  13. It can be used to make a very comfortable floor. Rake the rocks out, put a sheet of plastic down, and some indoor/outdoor carpet, made from recycled soda bottles, over the top. Ive done it. Its real nice. But not over clay, because it moves.
  14. Although it doesnt form a compound curve, because its thin, it doesnt leave very large marks when drooped to form a NFRC shell and the folds are held with masking tape.
  15. For most uses it doesnt have to be thick, 4-mil. Usually will do.
  16. They have heat welders for hooking it to itself. This could make a fine big float for your island.
  17. It can protect your compost pile from salt water.
  18. Items, even fuel can be stored underwater using a big plastic bag to seperate what's stored from waters.
  19. Forms the watershed part of an insulation/watershed umbrella of a Passive Annual Heat Storage earth-sheltered home.
  20. Can capture rainwater beneath desert sand where it is out of the hot sun, and protected for creation of an oasis.
  21. A bug and plant barrier to keep them away from sensitive underground areas.
  22. A vapor barrier under floor underlayment.
  23. A vapor barrier under roofing instead of tar paper.
  24. Protects your tomatoes from freezing when autumn is approaching.
  25. Can hold water for a hot tub
  26. When put on top and bottom of large stones or gravel, makes an underground pipe.
  27. Directs underground water away, effectively lowering a water table.
  28. Can allow you to see things being protected, or blocked from view when needed.
  29. Can protect outdoor items, like lumber from the harsh summer sun, and rainwater.
  30. Make an emergency window.
  31. Make a skylight.
  32. Keep the snow off your tractor and vehicles.
  33. Can separate small animals from each other.
  34. Can protect garden crops from foraging animals.
  35. Can line a watering trough for watering animals.
  36. Can block water behind a dam.
  37. Can protect from flooding.
  38. Can protect soft ground from being washed away in a flood.
  39. Can line a watertower.
  40. Can protect electronics from splashing water.
  41. Can redirect water when ionized for the production of electricity.
  42. Can form a pipe to pressurize water inside a creek or river.
  43. Can capture water in the end of a heat pipe.
  44. Can hold coffee, or orange juice.
  45. Can make a solar water heater.
  46. Can make an ethanol still.
  47. Can make a fresh water still.
  48. Can protect from wind.
  49. Can redirect wind into a wind alternator increasing energy flow.
  50. When painted, can form a roof or building exterior.
  51. Can protect your hay from the weather.
  52. Can be an emergency covering of an airplane wing.
  53. Can wrap a sausage to keep your fingers clean, but it doesnt make a good napkin.
  54. Can be easily stored, and reused.
  55. Cure concrete.
  56. Keep your clothes dry, and dust free during construction of you froggy.
  57. Keep people away from wet cement and other non-traffic areas.
  58. Can be painted to make signs.
  59. Make a tent to protect from dust and microbes.
  60. Block out smells, like from animals and painters.
  61. Protect furniture from dust and weathering.
  62. Make a greenhouse.
  63. Redirect rainwater.
  64. Forms the watershed part of an insulation/watershed umbrella of a Passive Annual Heat Storage earth-sheltered home.
  65. Can capture rainwater beneath desert sand where it is out of the hot sun, and protected for creation of an oasis.
  66. A bug and plant barrier to keep them away from sensitive underground areas.
  67. A vapor barrier under floor underlayment.
  68. A vapor barrier under roofing instead of tar paper.
  69. Protects your tomatoes from freezing when autumn is approaching.
  70. Can hold water for a hot tub
  71. When put on top and bottom of large stones or gravel, makes an underground pipe.
  72. Directs underground water away, effectively lowering a water table.
  73. Can allow you to see things being protected, or blocked from view when needed.
  74. Can protect outdoor items, like lumber from the harsh summer sun, and rainwater.
  75. Make an emergency window.
  76. Make a skylight.
  77. Keep the snow off your tractor and vehicles.
  78. Can separate small animals from each other.
  79. Can protect garden crops from foraging animals.
  80. Can line a watering trough for watering animals.
  81. Can block water behind a dam.
  82. Can protect from flooding.
  83. Can protect soft ground from being washed away in a flood.
  84. Can line a watertower.
  85. Can protect electronics from splashing water.
  86. Can redirect water when ionized for the production of electricity.
  87. Can form a pipe to pressurize water inside a creek or river.
  88. Can capture water in the end of a heat pipe.
  89. Can hold coffee, or orange juice.
  90. Can make a solar water heater.
  91. Can make an ethanol still.
  92. Can make a fresh water still.
  93. Can protect from wind.
  94. Can redirect wind into a wind alternator increasing energy flow.
  95. When painted, can form a roof or building exterior.
  96. Can protect your hay from the weather.
  97. Can be an emergency covering of an airplane wing.
  98. Can wrap a sausage to keep your fingers clean, but it doesnt make a good napkin.
  99. Can be easily stored, and reused.
  100. Cure concrete.
  101. Keep your clothes dry, and dust free during construction of you froggy.
  102. Keep people away from wet cement and other non-traffic areas.
  103. Can be painted to make signs.
  104. Make a tent to protect from dust and microbes.
  105. Block out smells, like from animals and painters.
  106. Protect furniture from dust and weathering.
  107. Make a greenhouse.
  108. Redirect rainwater.
  109. Seal a home for greater fuel efficiency.
  110. Coated with reflective material to collect or reject sunlight.
  111. Make waterproof flags to signal mariners.
  112. Protect from bees.
  113. Hold supplies.
  114. Keep papers dry.
  115. Can help some garden foods ripen, and prevent others from ripening.
  116. Help gather up autumn harvests.
  117. Keeping equipment sterile in a hospital.
No doubt there are other uses that come to your mind.


    Thanks for your interest.

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