Homemade Dry Bags

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I was looking at options for the bike and decided I would look at getting a dry bag or 4, that is until I saw the price of the bags. This got me to thinking and after noticing a few of the plastic bags from the grocery store an idea popped into my head. Use the bags and make them waterproof or at least water resistant. After looking on line for a few ideas, this is what I came up with.

The bag. . .
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Lay the bag out flat . . .
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Grab your choice of cutting tool . . .
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Those handles have to go . . . Take a straight edge and draw a line across the bag
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Now prepare to remove the handles
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The semi square result . . .
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Now grab a roll of Duct Tape or Duck Tape and place a strip at the bottom of the bag, be sure 1/4 to 1/2 of the strip is below the bottom of the bag
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Here is the other side showing the strip below the bottom of the bag. . .
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Continue up the bag, overlapping each strip of tape and you end up with this. Notice the carefully cut lengths of tape? Yeah, me neither.
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Now flip the bag over and fold over the original strip of tape as shown below. . .

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Now fold the tape on the sides of the bag over and you will have something looking like this, or maybe yours will look better. . .
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Now start laying out strips of tape on the back side like this, continue to over lap the strips. . .

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After this step is complete, fold the tape over like you did on the top side and you will end up with something like this . . .
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This part you will have to be careful with, slice an opening in ONE side of the bag . . .
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You now have an opening to fill the bag . . .
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Now add the zipper, shown here in black duct tape, over the opening you created. . .
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And with the zipper open.
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Now with items added . . .
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Items added and zipper closed . . .
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One of the added benefits of doing your own bag is the ease of replacing the zipper when it wears out. . . just grab your roll of tape and make another zipper. :y2:
 

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Cool idea. I hope it works in practice, so let us know how it goes.
 

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Wow that is a great idea cheap and really easy to do
 

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Cool idea. I hope it works in practice, so let us know how it goes.

My crew tested it last night and I can report that it worked as I had hoped it would. We had a project that had to be completed last night and it was raining. I gave them the bag to place several pages of printed instructions in to keep dry. The bag was only subjected to a couple hours of a good steady rain, no stormy conditions and when they returned to the Control Room the pages were still dry. They did not need the instructions so it was never opened in the rain which made it a fairly easy test of the bags function. Maybe I can do another test to simulate a hard rain and report on how it does in that one.
 
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