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    I am looking for bulk nylon for a very random reason. We just built a house and have an unfinished basement which includes exposed insulation so to save costs we figured for now we could just staple nylon to the rafters to cover it up. I figured it would be pretty easy to find it on the bolt, but no luck so far. Maybe I just don't have the right wording?? Anyone know where I can find it and how much? If not, any other ideas??

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    Years ago when I worked at Joann's, you could find some cheap nylon there, especially in their clearance section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    Years ago when I worked at Joann's, you could find some cheap nylon there, especially in their clearance section.
    I wonder if there would be enough. I would have to cover 1200 sq ft. essentially. I was hoping for white just to brighten up the area.

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    are you looking for ripstop nylon fabric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    are you looking for ripstop nylon fabric?
    Yes :thumbup: they have 60" at Joanns for $7 a yard, but when I need around 80 yards that will get pretty pricey...

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonangel12
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    are you looking for ripstop nylon fabric?
    Yes :thumbup: they have 60" at Joanns for $7 a yard, but when I need around 80 yards that will get pretty pricey...
    What about voile curtaining (net ?) That would come wider, but I have no idea what it might cost in the US.

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    I would take a look at using nylon tricot--would be MUCH cheaper! I used to make lingerie--it was about $2 per yard wholesale and think was 90" wide....another option would be the curtain lining fabric...bet you might find bolts on eBay

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    Quote Originally Posted by okiepastor
    I would take a look at using nylon tricot--would be MUCH cheaper! I used to make lingerie--it was about $2 per yard wholesale and think was 90" wide....another option would be the curtain lining fabric...bet you might find bolts on eBay
    I have no idea what tricot is... what's the difference between that and ripstop? I know I don't want the mesh type b/c the point is to try and contain the fiberglass so it can't fall down or fall apart since we will likely be spending a LOT of time down there. I have my craft area, DH has his fishing area, and I am setting up a homeschooling "corner" for this winter.

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    Tricot is what lots of nighties are made from--you can get heavier tricot.Some is very light---Look at canvas, too--I once bought a bolt on eBay for $30 +shipping...sometimes the larger deorators supplies have fabric for $1-4 per yard....

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    If I can get 108" width, with my quick calculations I would only need around 50 yards. I think I found a posting for $1 a yard on ebay which is at least worth a shot I guess.

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    Dry wall is fairly inexpensive and would be a lot more "insulating" than any fabric you would staple up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocoellie
    Dry wall is fairly inexpensive and would be a lot more "insulating" than any fabric you would staple up.
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    My opinion also. As a sometime wood worker, I'd suggest that you put up the dry wall instead of fabric. Cats can claw holes in it.
    Wind can blow through it. Mice can chew it easily, and normal, healthy kids are not always careful about what they run into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    Quote Originally Posted by pocoellie
    Dry wall is fairly inexpensive and would be a lot more "insulating" than any fabric you would staple up.
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    My opinion also. As a sometime wood worker, I'd suggest that you put up the dry wall instead of fabric. Cats can claw holes in it.
    Wind can blow through it. Mice can chew it easily, and normal, healthy kids are not always careful about what they run into.
    We're not putting it anywhere major, just along the ceiling rafters to keep the insulation where it needs to be b/c I'm not comfortable with it potentially dropping off into the air we breathe. No indoor animals to worry about (and won't ever have any again b/c we don't like the hair and mess from them), and the kids shouldn't be on the ceiling... although some days they do seem to bounce off the walls ;). We're not worried about any insulation value, we're just trying to do it as cheap and quick as possible which right now might be about $50 and a couple hours worth of work between the two of us versus a minimum of $300 worth of the cheapest drywall, plus other supplies needed and the help of our dads and other family members since it's not a job we could physically do ourselves. We don't use credit at all and the funds just aren't there right now so that's just not feasible and won't be until winter is half over so that won't work. We've thought it through and talked it over and even my handy man, jack of all trades dad agrees with our idea at this point.

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    You may want to consider buying a roll of Tyvek, or similar house wrap, at a home improvement store instead of nylon material. It's the same material FedEx envelopes are made out of and made to be used as an air/vapor barrier in construction. The last roll we got was 9 feet wide and 100 feet long, but it comes in a 3 foot x 65 foot roll for less than $65. Here's a link to it on Home Depot's site, but you can buy it at ANY lumber yard. http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...atalogId=10053

    This stuff installs with just a staple gun. (Can you tell we've been doing some major remodeling?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by azwendyg
    You may want to consider buying a roll of Tyvek, or similar house wrap, at a home improvement store instead of nylon material. It's the same material FedEx envelopes are made out of and made to be used as an air/vapor barrier in construction. The last roll we got was 9 feet wide and 100 feet long, but it comes in a 3 foot x 65 foot roll for less than $65. Here's a link to it on Home Depot's site, but you can buy it at ANY lumber yard. http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...atalogId=10053

    This stuff installs with just a staple gun. (Can you tell we've been doing some major remodeling?)
    Hmmm... I hadn't thought about that. I'll have to check into it! My dad is in the remodeling/building process so he might have some left over... if not, I'm sure he can tell me who has the best price on it!

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    If Tyvek is too expensive how about using those large plastic sheets sold as painting drop cloths? May in Jersey

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