Tyvek tarps are pretty cool. But when you start putting a Tyvek tent together, then its “disposable home improvement” time. Things get a little challenging. Soon enough, you’ll be asking yourself these questions.
- Do I need to make the tie outs?
- What kind of glue will I use to piece your tarp shelter together?
- Will an improvised Tyvek A-Frame Shelter hold grommets?
- How do I make a Tyvek tarp shelter work in a practical way?
- How do I tie down corners of a tarp tent?
- How do I seam seals?
- How about connecting edges with one another?
So let’s deal with these questions. I’m going to show you 4 tips on how to improve Tyvek emergency shelters. The four tips are:
2) Tyvek tape
3) seam sealer
After reading this article, you’ll know how to take Tyvek in a survival setting to the next level. So here are the four ways to improve your disposable tent.
METHOD #1: GROMMETS
Tyvek tents have a special challenge. Connections. Will it hold grommets? Can you grommet Tyvek?
Well, house wrap is just one big sheet of stuff. There’s no built in way to connect it with other things. By adding some kind of connection points, you make it more functional.
So here’s where you start. First, “punch” holes with a hot nail into the material. Move the nail around to make the hole bigger. You can even use a soldering iron tip on a butane torch to just melt the hole.
Also, fold the edge over two times. And make sure to seal each fold with PVC glue. Do it right and your Tyvek Tarp will last for years. But if grommets are overkill, then maybe tape is a better choice.
METHOD #2: TYVEK TAPE
When you need some last minute way to cover tears or connect pieces, tape is the way to go. Tyvek tape can fasten down the edges of your Tyvek tent as you are installing grommets on your folded over edges.
METHOD #3: SEAM SEALER
If you are attaching anything to Tyvek, then you will have seams. The material you use with your house wrap tent will be important. Two suggestions are Fulaprene or Gripset. Another thing you can do is make your own seam sealer. But Grommets, seam sealer and tape aren’t the only options you have. There’s one last method for fastening sections of your Tyvek ultra-light tarp together. Velcro.
METHOD #4: VELCRO
The last method you can use is Velcro. Depending on the type you get, it might be a good idea to double over the section you want to attach Velcro to. Then sew it down to the Tyvek fabric, to keep it permanently in place.
So that’s it in a nutshell. Grommets, Tyvek Tape, Sealer and Velcro. You might want to start your Tyvek Shelter journey this week by swinging by Home Depot and picking up some Tyvek tape. Then go to a local building site and see if you can snag some Tyvek sheets for free. (be sure to ask first… be polite). Let me know what you discover!