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Topic: Banner container?
Message: Posted by: sethb (Sep 13, 2008 12:35PM)
I've been trying to implement Don Driver's suggestion about using PVC pipe to store and protect a banner, but have a problem.

I found a 3-foot piece of 4" PVC pipe for about $8, which is fine. But by the time I add on the price of a cap for the bottom ($7), and an adapter ($5) and a screw lid ($5) for the top, I'm up to $25!

I also tried to find a corrugated 4" mailing tube, which would be lighter and cheaper, but the widest available one seems to be 3".

Any leads or suggestions would be appreciated! SETH
Message: Posted by: DonDriver (Sep 13, 2008 12:51PM)
$25 for pvc pipe and end caps is WAY out of line.I buy caps at Lowe's for like .25 each and pipe for maybe $2.00.
Message: Posted by: sethb (Sep 13, 2008 05:25PM)
Don, that's true for the 3/4" stuff. But when I looked at the 4" pieces, the prices were much higher, the cap especially, even at Home Depot.

Just has a thought -- maybe I was looking at the "pressure" PVC instead of the drainage stuff, which would be cheaper since it doesn't have to withstand any water pressure. I'll go back and look again. SETH
Message: Posted by: ElectricBlue (Sep 14, 2008 07:10PM)
Just a thought, is there any reason you can't use the 3/4? I suppose it would depend on the size of your banner.
Message: Posted by: The Cardfather (Sep 14, 2008 08:09PM)
I should be receiving my banners Monday. I picked up a heavy duty cardboard tube from a carpet supplier to store them. It's the tube rolls of carpet are wrapped around. No charge. They just throw them out anyways. Is there really a need for caps?
Message: Posted by: DonDriver (Sep 14, 2008 08:31PM)
Now that's a great idea.I guess you really don't need a cap but I did it with the PVC pipe.( I have been known to over kill most things I do )

I would tape cardboard on one end.

Thanks for that tip Cardfather.

Message: Posted by: sethb (Sep 15, 2008 07:20AM)
The cardboard carpet tube is a GREAT idea, thanks for the tip. If I can get one, I will also cover it with some sticky plastic laminate sheets (8-1/2" x 11") to help protect it against dew or water damage. I would also put something over at least one end, so there is a "bottom" to the container.

As for the right diameter for a storage tube, my banners came packed in a 4" square box, so I went looking for a 4" diameter tube; I didn't want to roll the banners too tightly. It might be possible to use a 3" tube, but anything smaller than that would really be pushing it, in my opinion, for a 6' or an 8' banner.

Incidentally, to help roll the banner smoothly and prevent any damage while being rolled or getting squashed while rolled, I did put a 3-foot piece of 3/4" PVC in the center of the roll. Costs about 75 cents, and it seemed like cheap insurance to me. SETH
Message: Posted by: sethb (Sep 19, 2008 08:12PM)
Well, I finally solved the PVC mystery, courtesy of Lowe's and Don Driver's tip.

I had been looking at regular PVC pipe for a banner container, and when you get up into the 4" diameter size, it gets pretty pricey. BUT -- there is a thinner series of PVC pipe that's designed for drainage and landscaping (French drains) which is about 40% cheaper. You can get the same caps and screw tops for it, but they are a lot less money. I'm sure this was the stuff that Don was referring too, and for a banner container, it would probably be just fine. Home Depot didn't carry this stuff (or else I didn't see it there.)

Interestingly, after I compared the two, I ended up going with the thicker stuff, because over the long haul, it was only about a $15 difference, and I felt the thicker PVC would probably hold up to scrapes and bumps a little better. It also seemed much more crush-resistant, which was the whole point here. Also, Lowe's carried the 4" pipe in a 5-foot section, which I was able to saw into two pieces (a 3' and a 2' piece), so I got both banner containers out of one piece of pipe. That cut the cost by about $10 right there. Home Depot only carried 2-foot or 10-foot sections. Lowe's was about 15% cheaper on the fittings, too.

In the end, I got two banner containers for about $36; so I'm spending about $18 to protect a $100 banner, not too unreasonable. SETH