Tarp Magnetic Closure
Category: Tarp, connectors, doorway, closures, household, shop, workshop
Problem: I closed off an area in my garage that I wanted to keep separate and a little warmer than the rest of the area. I hung tarps to form a room in a corner and of course I wanted to easily go in and out, but yet have the tarps stay closed so that the area would remain warm in the winter.
Action: I bought a number of small magnets and I secured them opposite of each other on the edges of the tarp with duct tape so they would click together when the edges were brought together, but would easily come apart when I wanted to go through.
Result: It worked great!
When idea was conceived: 1998
How much time it took to develop: 2 hours
How much money it took to develop: $20.00
Current status: Sold the house – No longer in use.
Since it was originally done: Since I did this many years ago I have seen lots of products that basically employ the magnetic connection for closure or a zipper that could be put on the edge of tarps to effect an opening that could be closed again. I will say that my simple arrangement of magnets sort of like buttons on a shirt while not completely sealing everything off, meant that it could be easily opened and they seemed to find each other after I was through the opening without a lot of effort on my part to realign them.