Tarping and Taping

When we store materials outdoors, we cover them with 6-mil plastic sheeting or tarps secured with ropes or bungee cords.

Some towns require permits to place trash bins on the street. Tarps keep trash in the bin and off the street.

Traffic cones can be used to remind workers to use a walkway.

Tarp exteriors thoroughly. Blue tarps are inexpensive insurance against weather damage.

Old towels or insulation scraps placed on sharp corners will help prevent the tarps from tearing.

A temporary pole is used to hold up the tarp and channel water away from a potential trouble spot.

Sheets of plywood screwed over rough openings from the inside will discourage unwanted visitors.

Cover shrubs and other plantings near the house during roofing or siding work.

Padded movers' quilts are great for protecting appliances and large furniture. Cover the quilts with plastic sheets.

Tape rips of lauan onto wood stair treads using blue tape. Also cover banisters and newel posts.

A worker covers the floor with Ram Board, 46-mil-thick paper that comes in 38-inch-wide rolls.

Zip Wall products work well to cordon off wide openings.

Plastic sheeting held in place with painter's tape seals off passageways and other openings, keeping dust contained.

The tub is protected by a moving blanket and a tightly fitted piece of 5/8-inch plywood.

If the house has a forced-air system, I tape furnace filters over all the return ducts.

Box fans propped in windows and doors exhaust a lot of dust.

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