Guest post written by Thomas T. Tinker
An ode to the humble ‘Tarp’. “Tarpaulin” (tar-po’-lin) Noun. 1. Waterproof material such as canvas, used to cover and protect from moisture. 2. A sheet of tarpaulin. 3. Awning or rooflike structure that serves as a shelter. The humble tarp is generally found in ragged, threadbare, paint splattered condition and in various states of mold or other neglect. An Item ignored and misused when available and prayed for when … unavailable!
The following is not an entry in any contest. It is offered only in order to foster thought and conversation regarding just another of the ‘Prepping Cultures’ storage staples, its apparent uses and endless others submitted by you, the reader. Your ideas and comments are welcome as I know… I have not even thought of a fraction of the uses of this item.
Ok lets get this out of the way! I can cover my stuff with one. My car or truck. My roof if it leaks. The floor when I paint and anything of value when the grandkids come over.
They come in 5’X5’ ($5.49) to 60’X100’ ($169.99) at Home Depot. Much larger are available at a huge cost. Don’t I have this flare for the obvious … that’s not a question. In the heavy industrial construction trades Heavy… heavy canvas is used sewn to size and ‘brassed’ on all edges. Who can’t close their eyes and conjure up the aroma of a new canvas trap. This is a question! Who does not have at least a short stack of these in their preps, regardless of the material?
My most important use for the largest of mine is for rain catchment off my garage and deck. We keep a 9’X12’ canvas in the truck and the same size in plastic in both cars. Each with 100’ of 1/4” cordage, assorted ‘bungy’ cords and a set of plastic tent stakes. I am lucky enough to live in site of Lake Erie and have gotten some outstanding ‘surplus’/used deals from the Marina sail and awning shops. Then there is Military Surplus… not that most offered there are nothing but knock offs. Our local Farm and Fleet has the best selection of truly good quality tarpaulins. Fabric or plastic, any number of these can bring up an unlimited number of uses. This post is more of a long rhetorical question. I hope it stirs the ‘post’ a little
Love and kisses… Thomas T. Tinker