That's why we use straps and anchors rated for 6,600 pounds on a 3,000 pound car." Griff -I have to second your opinion on the relatively unsafe practice of carrying sheet goods on a cartop rack. :D sorry, but its pretty much bound for failure. Place one 2-by-4 on each side of the roof of your car. Dare County,... Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images I'd agree with all those who say just don't do it. Now, put on the blanket, then put the plywood ontop. Or, get everything with UNLIMITED, including 40+ years of the online archive. I don’t drive fast or far.   |-- Editorials & Other Articles Many cars have metal loops underneath each corner. They know how many people try to carry things on top of the car/wagon, so why not make it easy and safer for everyone? Once you have it standing upright then you can make any adjustments to the handle so that it’s balanced in the center. Hook the hook end of each strap to the guard rail of the trailer on one side and then thread the straps through the trailer mounted winches on the other side. I have a 2016 Volkswagen Jetta. Thanks, Eric 2017 Pilot EX-L with RES, Gray paint, black eather, weather tech mats, folding cargo tray, cargo dividers, 3500 lb towing package, heated stearing wheel.   |-- Latest Breaking News   |-- Political Videos Here are some other ways you may want to try, and they do not cost you much! This keeps the wood from sliding backwards when you hit the gas. I have to be careful enough when transporting it in the bed of my full-size pickup not to ding it up. UNLIMITED membership - Get access to it all. ft. sail on the top of a small vehicle, poorly secured, and then heading down the highway:  the bad outcomes include loss of a life. The butted plywood can be dished out and filled with multiple layers of fiberglass cloth. roof rack but 2 sheets should be fine. with a few sheets stacked in at 45 degrees, i expect it to stand up between the roll bars. When driving at normal speed, these straps can flex and bounce, causing them to shift the cargo load. Never had an issue, but you should stop every so often and check the straps if going a long distance (50 miles or more). Hard to beat. If all else fails, there's always U-Haul. Dare County,... Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images Tom, LEAA Life Member Hire a small truck or even a small van. You need to put straps(not bungees) front and rear, attached to points on the frame, not on your plastic bumper. Place the plywood sheets on your roof rack. You might feel up the creek without a paddle if you need to transport a full sheet of drywall but you only have a small car. Important Notices: By participating on this discussion A 4 x 8 sheet of plywood will (just) lay flat in the middle of a bed of a regular 8-foot bed pickup, between the wheel wells. I don’t drive fast or far. This keeps the wood from sliding forwards when you hit the brakes. Attach one leg section, made up of a three-sided two-by-four frame and plywood cover to each end of each top frame, with the plywood to the outside. My car with 4'x8' MDF board on the roof rack. Finally, place your kayak on top of the noodles and secure it with the remaining straps. It would cost you just about $20 per day Use a trailer to transport the plywood sheet You need to put two straps through the front and back of your car door frames where the 'armpit' of the curve is so they will not move if force is applied to them and then fed over top of your boat, or through METAL grab handles if you have them. I … I have had 3 sheets of 4' X 8' 3/4" plywood on the roof with no problem. Take at least two passes over the item, side-to-side and front to back, and tie the rope tightly inside the car. Subscribe to Fine Woodworking today and get our lowest price of the season - only $20 for one year. Hey folks- I'm a woodworker working on a special design project and really like this sub- figured somebody could offer some advice. Bolted right up to car and the light plug matched up to the factory trailor plug that is under the plastic trim piece below where the rear deck lid closes. Whatever your transport, use good tie-downs as extra insurance. eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'democraticunderground_com-medrectangle-1','ezslot_2',177,'0','0']));report this ad Storing Your Car. From Beautiful Skagit Co. Wa. Angela and Jimmy Dalessio strap plywood to the roof of their car as they prepare to board up their home before Hurricane Irene arrives August 26, 2011 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. I never drive behind anyone with something on the roof anymore - just too uncertain how well they have it tied down. If you’re using nylon rope or cinching straps, toss them over the item you’re tying down, pass them through the open windows and tie them inside the car. Most often they're only attached to a rain gutter on the car roof.   |-- Archives i've looked and with the backseat collapsed, i should be able to get 6' of it in. Secure car to tow truck Reverse tow truck up to the shipping container 6. Let the load be one with the car......I like the "let your lumber yard deliver" idea. I have a hitch installed and the flat four plug for the lights. Drove very slow, back roads, etc.   |-- Places On each side of the roof, you’ll see a rack that runs the length of the roof of the vehicle. No steel supporting that sucker. And, on the other side of the coin, think what a sudden stop could do - not just to the load, but to the roof rack to which it is tied, and the top of your car when the roof rack is pulled off - a distinct possibility. If your car doesn’t have a roof rack, you can add one without drilling any holes in your roof. This was one of the earlier standard e-mail photos everyone received from friends. You might consider adding a trailer to your car. Secure the plywood by tieing it down to the luggage rack underneath.   |-- Topic Forums Twist the winches by hand until the straps are snug. LOL... Wher ya find that one?? These are strong straps that come with a fastening buckle. Otherwise your local U-Haul does tie down straps with ratchet holds for as little as $10 for a 12ft long 800lb load strap. What is $30-$40 to rent a Uhaul? Any other detailed information and experiences would be appreciated. You’re done with this DIY wood Go-Kart. I have carried many, many sheets of MDF and plywood home on a Thule cartop carrier on both a Honda Accord and a Subaru Forrester. On NPR CarTalk the other weekend they discussed this method. Do the same at the back with the back bumper. © 2020 The Taunton Press, Inc. All rights reserved. For this, I've run 2 straps from my front bumper to hold down the front of the plywood. Forum Categories Kenneth Duke Masters Personal recommendations: Install a proper roof rack, secure strongly to that without exceeding it's cargo rating, consider a … To prevent it sailing away with the next windstorm I anchored the frame to the ground with 3/8" spiral ground anchor screws. He uses three 400lb rated straps. Drywall and Plywood Cartop Carrier / Roof Rack: Out of the choices of Cheep, Quick and Good, you usually only get to pick two. For thicker plywood there is a hybrid method of the butt strap. The best way to transport 4x8 plywood in your car is to use it to transport a 12-pack to a friend that has a truck. Tie these 2-by-4s down by looping twine through the inside of your car while the doors are open. Done that. Trouvez les Obturateur images et les photos d’actualités parfaites sur Getty Images. I wonder if an insurance company would even cover a claim involving plywood strapped to the roof of a car. Align the sheets so that the longest part of the wood matches the longest part of your car. But I live less than 4 miles from the supplier, I'd drive 15mph max, with flashers on and to the right side so others could pass.Now with a family, comes a mini-van and plywood fits in nicely.Mark. You could ask about delivery. Take a length of rope and tie the ends together so that you have one big loop. Remove the battery and keep it clear of damp concrete. This is a job for the smallest driver of the family. I would mount two 2 x 4 x8 ft studs on top of the roof rack. Now attach rope between the ties at the front of the plywood and the front bumper. Next, you’ll insert a tie down strap through each of the pool noodles and run the straps through the inside of your car and pull tight to secure.  |  Discussion You see where it is going :-)   The guys at the lumber yard always smile when he drives up in the Home Depot truck.Dave. Just plan ahead, and rent it when you can pick up enough material for an entire job. Whatever you use(I"d definitely recommend a truck), do not at all use bungee cords. $59.99 $ 59. Never had an issue, but you should stop every so often and check the straps if going a long distance (50 miles or more). Or mount the straps permanently under a fender bolt. I don't remember the first time I saw it, but I recently saw it on the snopes.com website. For the first time in all my life I do not have a single friend that owns a truck. LLC. To carry the plywood just loop the ends of the rope around the corners of the plywood, flip the wood up on its edge and lift up on the handle to get the plywood off the ground. We have created these special content collections organized to give you a deep dive into a range of topics that matter. The best part about buying universal crossbars is that you can use them on more than one vehicle. It’s a good project to undertake, especially if you plan on using the garage for more than just storing the car. The 2 by's keep in from flopping around. Butt straps are easy to produce and don’t weigh much. You risk the load shifting too much, causing it to fly off the car and into traffic. Major bucks for a fine and more than a year - done in state prison, not the local lockup. I've transported single sheets of plywood using roof racks on a '08 Hyundai Accent (which is to say, a smaller and lighter car than yours), but it was 3/4", so fairly solid. The help of a friend with loading and unloading is Putting a 32 sq. You could cut it down into manageble pieces so it is smaller in size and easier to handle. In this video, he shows the progression of sleds he built, and unveils the final version. You might feel up the creek without a paddle if you need to transport a full sheet of drywall but you only have a small car. Check out the install videos I attached as well. Drive carefully. Choisissez parmi des contenus premium Obturateur de la plus haute qualité. I also use a forester. I used a tightening/ratchet strap, which can be cinched or loosened depending on the driver. The local lumber yard he uses has great prices on wood but no delivery or truck rental. Be sure to strap it down in such a way where the wind won't be able to lift it up. I keep a couple in the car for the odd sheets of plywood and studs that have to come home on the car roof rails. Back in the day (40 - 50 years ago), it was fairly common for guys to carry their basses on the roof of their car. I know, I know. I knew a guy who hauled plywood on a top carrier, had it secured good, well he was driving down the road when the wind got under the plywood and ripped the carrier og the roof of his car.A sheet of plywood hit the cae behind hin ,went through the windshild . Hard to beat. Do the same at the back with the back bumper. The only sensible reply in this post was the one that said (rather poetically) to make the "load one with the car" with rachet straps through the interior. To stabilize the plywood, you could put a pair of 2x4s above and below the stack, then make sure you drive as slowly as possible. Question: “How do I tie down plywood to my car?” If you really have to transport plywood on your car (Imagine some absurd apocalyptic emergency that can only be resolved by plywood.) I use our Subaru Foster, which has already a simple roof rack. 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