Portecting Cardboard Boxes

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Portecting Cardboard Boxes

Post by taipan821 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:59 am

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My local volunteer emergency service has recently received a large order of storm damage supplies and equipment to replace used stock. While we are sorting through the stuff it is being stored outside.

With the majority of supplies in cardboard boxes, is there a method of easily making the cardboard box water resistant? the supplies won't get damaged if they get wet, but the boxes makes it easier to manhandle the supplies
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Re: Portecting Cardboard Boxes

Post by Stercutus » Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:00 am

Easily? Nope. Most boxes are coated with wax or some other water resistant coating during manufacture if they need to be water resistant.
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Post by majorhavoc » Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:28 am

Tarps and plastic sheeting are about the only things I can think of.

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Post by Halfapint » Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:12 pm

You could do the silicone sealant. Mix mineral spirits with 100% silicone caulking paint it in like anything else and it'll have a silicone seal. I don't know how will it will work, but I've used that on lots of stuff and once dry I know it seals paper from getting wet. But that would be a lot of work, tarps would be easier.
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Re: Portecting Cardboard Boxes

Post by LowKey » Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:52 pm

Wax the boxes.
Double boiler, paraffin wax, paintbrush.
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Post by flybynight » Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:21 pm

If it's only while you sort through it. Rent a container

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Re: Portecting Cardboard Boxes

Post by norcalprep » Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:00 pm

What about moving wraps? It worked well for me for my cross country move.

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Post by Stercutus » Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:21 pm

norcalprep wrote:What about moving wraps? It worked well for me for my cross country move.

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This I think is the best and easiest solution.
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Re: Portecting Cardboard Boxes

Post by MPMalloy » Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:48 am

norcalprep wrote:What about moving wraps? It worked well for me for my cross country move.

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This would be the most economical solution, IMO. The container would provide the most protection.

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Re: Portecting Cardboard Boxes

Post by Vallyn » Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:58 am

Get them off the ground, or they'll still get wet from the bottom, even in a tent or similar. Pallet, cinder blocks and a few boards, something.

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