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Subject: Tyvek
Date Posted: 8/27/2008 8:16 PM ET
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When you are wrapping your books in tyvek, do you recommend wrapping in plastic too? I know tyvek is water proof, so I don't really see why you would need to, but I just wanted someone else's opinion too.

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 8:20 PM ET
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You mean construction home wrap?

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 8:21 PM ET
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I don't believe so... It says Tyvek on the package and says it's water resistant.

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 8:50 PM ET
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While it is water resistant they often  get holes in them by the PO machines.   I don't wrap in plastic under mine but I tape that Tyvek envelope TIGHT around the book in all directions.  I get more torn Tyvek packages than any other kind.

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 8:53 PM ET
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That really surprises me Cozette. I just got a book wrapped in tyvek yesterday and I am telling you, it was a fight to the death trying to get that thing torn off!! There is no way I could've torn that stuff. That's what made me want to use it.

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 9:49 PM ET
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I almost always use tyvek for my books and I don't put plastic wrap underneath because the tyvek is waterproof.  I do wrap the entire package with tape except for one corner so that a pair of scizzors will fit in to cut the wrap off.

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 12:10 AM ET
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I've used up all my Tyvek and can't find any that I consider affordable.  I got the large envelopes and then cut them down the long sides.  After it's opened up I wrap the book(s) like a present and I can get at least 2 paperbacks from each envelope. I do use some sort of clear plastic both because they might get a rubbed hole and because I can put the info page with the address of the requestor under neaath but still visible in case the wrapper comes off somewhere.  I went and bought some of those poly bags, but I don't know how they are holding up.  I PM'd one member to ask how it arrived and he said it was okay.  I'm not crazy about the poly bags because it's hard to get all the air out of it to wrap up the loose ends and sides.  I'm afraid that one good swipe of a hard edge and these poly bags will be sliced up.  Not what I had in mind.

Anyone know where I can get a good deal?

Ruth

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 2:16 AM ET
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For some reason if the Tyvek is loose some machine punches holes in them.   I can't tear them either!  

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 7:21 AM ET
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Julie - Tyvek makes envelopes too.

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 8:56 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/28/2008 9:11 AM ET
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I bought a 250 sheet package of cardstock for $5 at Big Lots, and generic bread bags are about $1.99 for 75 bags at Kroger.  I put the books in a bread bag, roll it up and put one piece of tape across it lengthwise to seal, and then print my label sheet on carstock and wrap the books in that, folding all of the edges nice & square.  It takes less tape to tightly seal the seam & both ends than it does to get a good tear resistant seal on regular printer paper, and it's easier to slit the ends open & remove the books - plus the outer wrapping is much sturdier & doesn't have to be totally laminated in tape to help waterproof the books.  We're talking about a total packaging cost of about 5 cents per book, and I doubt that Tyvek or poly bags would protect them any better than this.

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 6:16 PM ET
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Kim, you're right - that's cheap!  I had been considering going to the newspaper to see if they would sell me some of the pack of "sleeves" that they use for Sunday papers and for rainy day delivery.  I didn't know they sold the bread bags!  That's great news!  Thanks!

Ruth

 

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 6:50 PM ET
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I wrap mine in Kroger/Publix plastic bags (free) and then cover them with the brown paper from My weekly produce deliveries (again, free bags). I buy my tape in flats of 8 at a box store for cheap. I print my labels on regular old copy paper (what color is on sale at the office store).

I am totally cheap.

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 10:25 PM ET
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I use the free FedEx envelopes that are in the FedEx drop off boxes. They are made of tyvek and it fits the books so well!