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Tyvek for a water bucket
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Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F

Locale: Armpit of California
Tyvek for a water bucket on 11/20/2012 22:12:55 MST Print View

Does anybody know if I can use house tyvek to make a bucket for carring water back to camp and then filtering it in camp? And is there any risk of chemicals leaching out from the tyvek into the water?

Thanks, Jack

Edited by jumpbackjack on 11/20/2012 22:13:32 MST.

Jimmy jam
(jimmyjam) - F

Locale: Mid Atlantic
Tyvek for a water bucket on 11/21/2012 06:25:05 MST Print View

I don't know about tyvek, but I made one out of silnylon. I cut about a 25 to 30" diameter circle of sil and sewed a 1" double layer reinforcing rim on it from heavier sil and then sewed a double layer 1" handle on it. Weighs .8oz and will hold over 1 gallon. I use about a 6" or so chord with loops in each end and mini biner to hang it from a tree limb or whatever.

Mike Oxford
(moxford) - MLife

Locale: Silicon Valley, CA
Yup on 11/21/2012 12:27:44 MST Print View

Yes, you can use housewrap. The lighter Tyveks will leak if touched and full of water, but I haven't seen this with housewrap.

I do not believe anything will leech into the water. It's a spun poly-olefin (think, a plastic layer of cotton-candy-webbing) and I don't think any of it will leech out. I am not 100% sure, though. Maybe someone with a better chem/materials background can shed light here.


Jay Lash
(jjlash) - F

Locale: Eastern Iowa
Tyvek bucket on 11/22/2012 07:48:42 MST Print View

I have used Tyvek housewrap as a bucket, mostly for putting out the campfire in BWCAW. I dont know about leaching etc but it definitely doesnt leak. I have also used it as a pack liner - It is really just a large stuff sack.

I use 3M Super 77 spray adhesive. I form a "tube" with the Tyvek, then fold the bottom up like a Christmas package and roll the top down to make a channel for a draw cord.