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Afternoon, all,

Somebody e-mailed me recently and asked if my pouches would work to cover a fairly large pile of plywood. He said he was driving through an area in southern Florida a while back and saw piles of plywood behind some peoples' houses. Someone told him they used it to cover windows and doors when a hurricane is on the way. I suspect most people store the stuff in a garage or shed, but if you don't have either…

Might be a potential new product, just thought I'd see if any of you have ever seen such a stack?
 

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I live in the zone, though not as close as others on this site. I just store the wood in the wood storage and end up using it later for projects. Then I go buy OSB as soon as I see a storm in the Gulf. If I need it I have it and if not it will probably get used elsewhere. I think it might be a pretty good product for those in the city and don't have the place to store it though.
 

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I've lived in the New Orleans area all my life, and I don't know anyone who keeps their window plywood outside. But maybe they would if given a good product to protect it.

Personally, I think covering windows is overrated. I've never bothered, and I've lived through many hurricanes in the last 50 years with only 1 small broken pane of glass (in Katrina). One small piece of broken glass in a house that sustained $140,000 worth of damage tells me I'm right about all that work just not being worth the effort. :)
 

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We bought an old house down here in Texas last fall. One of the finishing touches are going to be Real Working Shutters. I've got ideas to make them pretty and functional. When a storm gets close you just go out and close the shutters! It will also add some security when we're gone in the summer.
 

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I used ply covers custom cut for my windows when I lived on the gulf coast of FL (1982 -2005). I was only one block from the water, so wind getting in a broken window and blowing the roof off was more of a problem than in areas farther back from the landfall. Always stacked them on end in my shed. If I still lived there, I would now have the roll down shutters on all windows, or drop down ones that would act as shade awnings in the summer.

The problem with storing them outside is that they will become a nest for rats, squirrels (actually just tree rats), fire ants, roaches, black widow spiders, etc., and the snakes that come to feed on them. If your "pouch" closes on all sides to keep critters out, you may have a player. Add a cheap cart that could be used to roll them around to the windows would probably get customers even if they did store them inside.

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Thanks for the info- I like the tip on the cheap roll-around cart. The pouch would, indeed, close on all sides (take a peek at my website, and picture the plywood pouch (shown in the pickup truck) thick enough to hold 20-30 sheets of plywood.
I may try this style, and see if I can find a hardware store or two down there who might want to take it on.
Any suggestions?
 
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