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Old 07-08-2013, 08:37 PM
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I've lusted after some door curtains for years but they're expensive and I've got a bunch of doors I'd like to seal off. Currently, I use blue tarps and I'm always getting wrapped up in them. They work but are a pain in the rear.

A few months ago I was visiting a friend and he had some. When I commented on them, he said, "You know what they are don't you?....Clear carpet runners cut into strips." DUH!

What a great idea!

I wasn't able to find any locally that didn't have the spikes on the end but found these on Amazon.

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

$45 for 3x50' with free shipping. How many doors it will cover depends on your door size. I did about a 3" overlap with 12" wide strips. One box did 2 1/2 4x8 openings.

This is what they look like hung. I just stapled them in place for now. Ultimately, I'll probably do a more robust fastening...if they ever come off. It's pretty neat, you just walk right through them.

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They do a really good job of keeping the AC in the room and letting light out without having to slide doors of fight with a tarp.
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:05 PM
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They are pretty effective at keeping out flying insects too. Lots of shops use them here for that.
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I was just thinking about this issue today. Clean areas vs dirty areas. Wonder how fire proof they are?
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:34 AM
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...Wonder how fire proof they are?
Got to be better than a blue tarp but they are plastic. I'll be grinding and welding next to the door shown. I'll let you know if I burn the shop down.

Seriously, I have a scrap and will see if it sustains a flame. I expect it will.
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Old 07-10-2013, 03:03 PM
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.... Wonder how fire proof they are?
I held a lighter to a piece for a good while before I saw a flame which went out when I removed the lighter. Smelled pretty bad though and I'm sure with enough heat it might sustain flame and produce some nasty fumes. I'm not at all concerned about it catching fire from grinding or welding sparks however. At least no more than the OSB wood paneling on my walls.
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Hello people, looking at this thread it is likley that the mat is made of PVC (Polyvinylchloride) the stuff is inherintly flame retardant. It was developed to make elecrical cable insulation during the war when rubber was very limited in supply. When it burns it produces hydrochloric acid vapour - acid fumes kill fire so it is immediately self extingushing which is very handy in a cable.

You can test for PVC but rubbing a red hot loop of copper wire on the plastic then quickly dropping the wire back into the flame, a green flash tels youi chlorine is present. This is a handy way of identifying different plastics from PVC without having a chemical laboratory to hand.

PVC is ideal for worshop curtians and has been used for years. I will be using this stuff now you have identifed it for me. Also am a fan of anthing-O-matic, we have a fan club over here and this stuff is now in the hall of fame. for more -O-matic action please see Wallis & Grommet.
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Thanks Kerry This might go on the back of the midget trailer to keep the air conditioning in this summer.

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