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PVC Pipe Map Case

The worst thing you can do to a map is fold it; it destroys the integrity of the map by weakening the areas were the creases are. Always “roll” maps and as an extra precaution you can have your maps incased in lamination at a Kinko’s this way by using grease pencil you can mark on maps directly and then wipe off any changes, this keeps the maps like new for many years.

By having your maps rolled causes problems if you don’t have a way to store them correctly. If something should crush the rolled map, then your back to having creases in your maps again, thus defeating the purpose of rolling your maps.

Here is a simple fix.

Go to Lowe's or Home Depot; get a 10’ section of thin walled 3” or 4” Diameter PVC pipe. You could use schedule 40 but it will make the case very heavy. Get 2 Screw Coupling and 2 Cleanout plug with threads for the end.

The tube would work just right at around 36” long. Then just glue the Cleanout Coupling on both ends. Now you have a nice map protection tube for all your maps.

Items you need:
10' Section of thin walled PVC Pipe (You will get 3 36” sections)
2-Cleanout Coupling
2-Cleanout Screw Cap
PVC Cement
Hacksaw or PVC Pipe Saw
Measuring Tape

 

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