What can I do with 5mm "Triply"?


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What can I do with 5mm "Triply"?

When hurricane IRMA was approaching South Florida everyone was looking for plywood to cover their windows and local lumber stores and home improvement centers sold out of plywood quickly.

Lines were formed outside Home Depot over 100 long with wait time of 4-6 hours and a ration of maximum 10 sheets per vehicle (later on reduced to 5). I waited in line twice and it ran out before it got to me after 3 hours of wait.

With no other options I ended up getting those 4X8 sheets of really thin 5mm thick "TRIPLY" and used two of them for each window.

After the hurricane I have now oh about 50 full sheets of this stuff. About half of them are warped a little from the rain and the other half still straight. All of them have 1/4" holes drilled around the edges for Tapcon screws. Any idea what I can do with them? It seems a shame to throw them away...

One thought I have is I can take the straight ones and cut them into drawer sizes and put that into the bottom of the kitchen cabinets and drawers and use them as "liners"?

Any other ideas?
 
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I had to look it up as I didn't recognize the name.
 

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its not poly it's real thin plywood kind of finished on both sides.
 
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I removed the plastic poly picture. It's basically a non void thin underlayment.
 
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If they're already drilled to fit, I'd glue them together in pairs with construction glue, set aside for next time.
For the warped ones, stack a few on a flat surface like a concrete garage floor, set pieces of 1/2" plywood over them and park the car on em for a few days.
 
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IF you look at the edge of the plywood you will see it is made up of 3 layers. Tri-ply.

Save for the next one?
 
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The name triply is used for many products but it's a registered poly product trademark.
 
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Old 09-16-17, 11:48 AM
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Why not save it for the next storm?
 
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I cannot use it for the next storm.

First reason is this is too thin. Even when I double it up it is not stiff enough. If there is a next storm I would still try and get at least 5/8" plywood.

Second reason is even if I wanted to I couldn't. The Triply was attached to the masonry block wall with Tapcon screws. As you know Tapcon is single use. If you drill a 3/16" hole for a 1/4" Tapcon once the screws are driven into and backed out the same holes cannot be reused. If I were to use these Triply again for another storm I have to drill all new holes anyways.

Finally I am seriously considering getting the accordian style shutters - I am getting too old to be hunting, moving and putting up plywood in the rain.
 
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Just to clarify the sheets I am referring to as TRIPLY is this.

Tri-PLY 1/4 in. x 4 ft. x 4 ft. Birch Underlayment (Actual: 0.196 in. x 47.75 in. x 47.75 in.)-448887 - The Home Depot

1/4 in. x 4 ft. x 4 ft. Birch Underlayment (Actual: 0.196 in. x 47.75 in. x 47.75 in.)
 
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Well, lots of plywood reindeer? Five sets of all 8 reindeer plus a sleigh, and Santa


Or, lots of glue, and lots of clamping..

Plywood Projects - by DaveGlx @ LumberJocks.com ~ woodworking community

 

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Put a for sale sign on it. Charge about half what it cost you and recoup some of your money.

I would've called that stuff luan plywood underlayment.
 
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Donate, take a tax write-off

Maybe Habitat For Humanity or a veteran's assistance organization can use them...
 
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I would've called that stuff luan plywood underlayment.
Luan plywood is not void free between the outer sheets like this stuff is.
 
 

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